“From Rigobertu Menchu to Anne Frank, the testimonials of women and girls are often seen to have particular authority in ‘speaking truth to power’ and bearing witness to vulnerable communities’ experience of genocidal violence and their fortitude in resistance. Feminist celebration of ‘narrative truth’ has rendered truth commissions a particularly important site of feminist engagement.
At the same time, feminist analysis of the politics of knowledge and their mobilization in the commission of truth has drawn attention to the fraught stakes of categories such as victimhood, voice and injury. This talk will engage in the debate by thinking with Paulina in Ariel Dorfman’s play, Death and the Maiden.
Wednesday 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)