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Tuesday Feb 13 1230 (Lunch) Transgender Challenges with Osgoode Arthurs’ Visiting Professor Sharon Cowan (Edinburgh)

Sharon Cowan is coming as an Arthurs Visitor to Osgoode Hall Law School from Feb  8 to March 3. On Feb 13, she’ll give a talk (this was originally scheduled for Feb 16 but has been moved). All welcome but pls RSVP so we get the food order right.


This talk will describe preliminary findings from Professor Cowan’s comparative socio-legal project looking at the impact of law on transgender people in three jurisdictions.

1230PM Room 2027 Osgoode Hall Law School RSVP www.bit.ly/IFLSRSVP

DATE CHANGE TUESDAY FEBRUARY 13 2018 DATE CHANGE TRANSGENDER CHALLENGES: IDENTITY EQUALITY AND COMMUNITY VISITING PROFESSOR SHARON COWAN, PROFESSOR OF FEMINIST AND QUEER LEGAL STUDIES (EDINBURGH LAW) This talk will describe preliminary findings from Professor Cowan's comparative socio-legal project looking at the impact of law on transgender people in three jurisdictions. Sharon will be visiting Osgoode and the IFLS February 9 to March 3 2018. 1230PM Room 2027 Osgoode Hall Law School RSVP www.bit.ly/IFLSRSVP

IFLS Visiting Scholar: Professor Sharon Cowan

IFLS and Osgoode are delighted to welcome Prof. Sharon Cowan, Professor of Feminist and Queer Legal Studies at Edinburgh Law. She will be at Osgoode from Feb 8 to March 3.  More about Sharon’s research at the bottom of this post or here.

On March 16 1230PM at Osgoode (more details & RSVP link to follow on this blog) Prof Cowan will give a talk entitled:  Transgender challenges: identity, equality and community  

In this paper I will present some findings from a project exploring trans people’s life experiences, and particularly their experiences of equality, across three jurisdictions: Scotland, Canada and the US. Trans people have struggled to gain legal rights and protections in each of these jurisdictions, notwithstanding long histories of civil rights and human rights. Equality has long been the focus of government and academic attention in each of these countries, but trans people themselves are rarely asked to reflect upon their everyday experiences of law, equality and discrimination. Differences between Canadian, US and Scottish interpretations and applications of human rights are well documented, and while all three have laws and policies that address equality, they each have very different legal cultures, histories and socio-political contexts. The project compares how trans people's experiences of equality vary and/or resonate across different social, political and legal cultures. In this paper I will explore how trans people’s lived experiences of gender identity and expression are intimately connected with other aspects of their daily lived experiences and identities, including poverty, race, cultural background, physical ability, kinship, nationality, geographical location, and immigration status. I will also examine questions of ethical representation in feminist research.

More about Professor Cowan:

Her research interests include: Gender, Sexuality and the Law; Feminist Legal Theory; Criminal Law; Criminal Justice; Asylum studies. Recent and current projects include a national empirical project, along with Helen Baillot of the Scottish Refugee Council, and Vanessa Munro of the University of Nottingham, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, looking at the the way in which women asylum claimaints whose applications are based on a claim of rape, are treated by the Asylum and Immigration Appeal Tribunal. Sharon is presently working on a comparative socio-legal project looking at the impact of law on transgender people. Along with Dr Chloe Kennedy (Edinburgh) and Professor Munro (Warwick), she is a co-editor of the new Scottish Feminist Judgments Project @ScottishFemJP.

We’re thrilled to welcome Sharon and will be posting more about her activities during her visit, and her work.



Panels, Workshops, l'Université féministe d'été

It was a great privilege to see Sherene Razack speak today at an event organized by students at York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies. Time to thank the people -faculty, students and staff, who roll up their sleeves and make these things happen.

Here is another set of things you may wish you could be at:


Radical Formations: Sex, Race, Trans

How do social movements resist and react to new measures for legal equality? This interdisciplinary panel tackles this question via resistance to intersectional state violence, transgender people’s legal consciousness, and race-based critiques of rights.


Sharon Cowan, School of Law, University of Edinburgh

Roderick Ferguson, American Studies Department, University of Minnesota

Dean Spade, Seattle University School of Law

Panel discussion followed by a reception sponsored by IGSF

Organized by Robert Leckey, William Dawson Scholar, Faculty of Law, in collaboration with IGSF, funded by a SSHRC Connection Grant.

via Radical Formations: Sex, Race, Trans.

A bit closer in time and closer to [here – Toronto, that is] this one is this weekend, in Toronto (includes a penal on gendering South Asian Studies)

 Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies Workshop (April 5, 2013)

[website with full program : http://www.yorku.ca/ycar/Events/south_asia.html]
The YCAR South Asian Studies Workshop will offer an intimate forum for exploring research and methodological issues in the study of South Asia and South Asian Diasporas. The workshop, which is being organized by YCAR’s South Asia Research Group (SARG), will be a step towards building a network of scholars, artists and community organizers working on South Asia and South Asian Diasporas at York University and in the GTA.


And this one as well:

Women’s Quests for Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Contestations, Complexities, Contradictions (April 5-6, 2013)
The Centre for Feminist Research presents panels with leading international scholars and activists. Full programme here.

To register and purchase food tickets, please email cfr@yorku.ca. programme and details available on conference webpage: cfr.info.yorku.ca/wqr

Later this summer at Université Laval, TECHNOLOGIES Libération ou exploitation des femmes?, UNIVERSITÉ FÉMINISTE D’ÉTÉ  (Mai 19-24, 2013). 

Full programme & information here.

Les développements technologiques considérables des dernières décennies influencent profondément les représentations de soi et du monde, les conditions de vie et le changement social. Si personne, aujourd’hui, ne voudrait se priver des avantages qui en découlent, force est de constater que, en matière de technologies, des inégalités particulièrement marquées existent entre les hommes et les femmes ainsi qu’entre différentes régions dans le monde. De plus, l’ampleur, la rapidité et la complexité des transformations qui nous touchent directement et indirectement font en sorte qu’il est difficile de se tenir à jour et de conserver une distance critique. Pour sa 11e édition, l’Université féministe d’été vous convie à Québec, du 19 au 24 mai 2013, pour une semaine intensive et conviviale d’échanges, de ressourcement et de réseautage en compagnie de spécialistes œuvrant dans différents domaines et disciplines.