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Grad students present their work (this week): Boundaries and Connections

boundaries and connections april 302014Wednesday April 30 Room 2026 (Faculty Common Room) Osgoode Hall Law School. Lunch will be served. RSVP to LGonsalves@osgoode.yorku.ca


This event will feature short “work in progress” presentations by graduate students (LLM & doctoral level) with commentary from Osgoode professors. The event aims at offering spaces to talk about various challenges (methodological, writing related, substantive) which beset researchers at every stage of their careers. Research and writing oriented communities can help us work through these problems, by pushing our work forward and by opening it to scrutiny and suggestion.


Boundaries and Connections 

Graduate Student Work in Law & Socio-legal Studies
Preet Virdi (SOAS, PhD Cand.) The gendered socio-legal concept of izzat in Punjabi Sikh diasporic communities Comments: Professor Janet Mosher (Osgoode)

Jillian Rogin (Osgoode, LLM Cand.) Investigating Gladue, Aboriginality & gender in bail and sentencing Comments: Professor Sonia Lawrence (Osgoode)

Asad Kiyani (UBC, SJD Cand.) Towards a Post-Colonial International Criminal Law Comments: Professor Obiora Okafor (Osgoode)


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Recommended: Uma Chakravarti "From Fathers to Husbands: of love death and marriage in North India" from 2005

From our IFLS visitor, Preet Virdi, a piece recommended (particularly in light of the funding focus in Canada on “honour killings” as highlighted by Deepa Mattoo and Farrah Khan during their visit; and because of the constitutional focus of this piece).


Chakravarti, Uma. 2005. “From fathers to husbands: of love, death and marriage in North India”, in Lynn Welchman and Sara Hossain, eds. Honour: Crimes, Paradigms and Violence Against Women (London, New York: Zed Books), pp. 308-331.  See a review here and a (possibly illicit) copy here.  A bit more about Dr. Chakravarti, here

The term ‘honour killing’ should be discarded by feminists in favour of a term that more aptly acknowledges feminist understandings of violence and does not accept the ideology under which the kind of violence is masked. Chakravarti’s article addresses cases of ‘denial of choice marriages’ where single majority-aged women’s choice of marriage partners, especially in cases of inter-caste or inter-community marriages, are severely curtailed by notion of adult consent as including the consent of her parents and other relatives. She clearly shows, through her involvement with a number of legal and women’s organizations, that women’s right to choose their marriage partner is subject to the complex dynamics of family, kinship, caste, class, panchayat, police and local magistrates, as well as state law, where the conflict emanates from the contradiction between constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and certain penal clauses routinely utilized by families in order to regain control of their ‘errant’ daughters.