Upcoming Conference Opportunities & Calls for Papers

There are so many exciting conferences happening in 2016! Here are some upcoming opportunities not to miss:


1. Feminist Theory Workshop, March 4-5, 2016  @ Duke University.
Application due: November 15, 2015 


2. “Gender, Wellbeing, and the Politics of Imagination:
Law, Culture, Compassion” @ Queen’s University, Feb 27-28, 2016
Proposal due: December 11, 2015

3.  “Missing and marginalized: ending the erasure of women’s lives and experiences” @ University of Waterloo, June 14-17
Proposal due: December 1, 2015 



 Feminist Theory Workshop
March 4-5, 2016  @ Duke University

The Program in Women’s Studies at Duke University are offering travel awards of up to $1,000 to international PhD or post-doctoral scholars outside the United States to attend the Feminist Theory Workshop, March 4-5, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Please print and post the following call for applications (printable version attached) in your department and forward this e-mail to eligible post-graduate or post-doctoral scholars. Applicants must be non-US citizens and reside outside the United States. Previous recipients of the FTW International Travel Award are ineligible to apply.

Feminist Theory Workshop:
The Feminist Theory Workshop (FTW), now in its tenth year, offers a unique opportunity for scholars to engage in sustained dialogue about feminist theory as a scholarly domain of inquiry. The “workshop” approach of this conference requires active participation of both presenters and attendees. The FTW consists of seminars led by visiting scholars, keynote lectures, and roundtable discussions. This year’s keynote speakers for 2016 are Sonia E. Alvarez, Professor of Political Science and Director of Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; Evelyn M. Hammonds, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of History of Science and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard; Ranjana Khanna, Professor of English and Literature and former Margaret Smith Taylor Director of Women’s Studies, Duke University, and Griselda Pollock, Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of Research in the School of Fine Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, in addition to special guests who will serve on the closing roundtable.

FTW International Travel Award:
The FTW hosts participants from institutions all over the globe, as these diverse voices continue to be crucial to the workshop’s drive to understand feminist theory across both disciplinary and national boundaries. We are offering at least five awards of up to $1,000 to enable the participation of post-graduate and post-doctoral emerging scholars from outside the United States. The awards are to fund the travel expenses of scholars coming from institutions outside the US to attend the workshop. NO payment of any funds will be made to any individual.  Women’s Studies will make direct payments for the approved travel expenses. The FTW provides some meals at the conference for participants, and there are NO registration fees to attend. Attendees are responsible for their own lodging and additional transportation arrangements.
Please also note that all recipients of this travel award will be required to submit a brief written report as well as a video report of their experiences at the workshop either before or shortly after they return home. If selected, complete details will be provided in your award letter.
Applications are due no later than Sunday, November 15, 2015, EST 12am, midnight.
Please complete the application and submit electronically to sheila.devis@duke.edu.  Please include your Curriculum Vita with your application.
A FTW committee will make its selections and notify scholars via email in late December.
You can learn more about past FTWs at: http://womenstudies.duke.edu/news/feminist-theory-workshops.

Please email me at danaphillips@osgoode.yorku.ca for the application form.


International Women’s Day Conference:

Gender, Wellbeing, and the Politics of Imagination:
Law, Culture, Compassion

Robert Sutherland Hall (Policy Studies Building)
138 Union Street, Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario, Feb. 27-28, 2016

According to the Canadian Index of Wellbeing report (CIW, 2011), even though economic growth between 1994 and 2008 was significant, “increases in the wellbeing of Canadians were not nearly comparable.” The Index also found  that “societies with greater inequality … have worse health and wellbeing outcomes.” Although countries like Canada have responsibility for one of the largest shares of global biocapacity, they tolerate persistent levels of food insecurity, environmental contamination, and poverty. The CIW Provincial Report On Wellbeing, How are Ontarians Really Doing? (2014),
found that Ontarians have even lower levels of wellbeing than in the rest of Canada.

Improved wellbeing and better futures are political, cultural, sociological, and economic issues as well as legal issues. Law is not the only site of political struggle. Imagining better futures is a collective social process. Institutional transformation, law reform, and improved wellbeing demand moving toward moral imaginations focused on equality, diversity, and
participatory governance.

Over twenty years ago, the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women to secure active state engagement in bringing all laws, policies, and practices into compliance with the Convention on the Eradication of Discrimination against Women, to
which Canada is signatory. Since then, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has also come to advocate wellbeing policies. In order to accelerate this discussion, the 2016 FLSQ International Women’s Day conference will focus on how eliminating gender and intersecting discriminations will benefit all members of society.
FLSQ invites academic and practicing lawyers, policy analysts,
interdisciplinary experts, and students in law and other disciplines,community members, and those involved in research and governance to submit proposals to examine the personal, political, societal, structural, institutional, and environmental factors that shape human experiences and material living conditions, and that can promote all aspects of individual, societal, and ecological wellbeing. This includes work on collaborative and community-based research methods and their potential for mobilization, community service, collective action; pedagogical, curricular, professional, and institutional innovations; and developing mindful client and community-oriented practices for law students as social advocates, better personal and professional management, and institutional transformation, including, for example, work including —
* First Nations, Inuit, and Metis women, and indigenous women in other regions
* Living standards, gender inequality, health, and the welfare state
* Concepts and measures of equality and wellbeing (epistemologies, methods, indicators)
* Fiscal systems and policy alternatives, including public services and accountability
* Regulatory governance, self-governance, and political agency
* Violence against women
* Resource management and nonrenewable resource extraction
* Traditional economies and reciprocal relationships
* Environmental issues, including human and ecological degradation, settlements, sustainable practices, chemical exposure, and human health
* Thriving and justice as fundamental human rights
* Corporate governance
* Science, nation building, and militarization
* Food security, shelter, and wellbeing in Canada, including in
reserve communities
* State roles in assisted reproduction and suicide
* Maternal mortality and reproductive rights
* Mental health and legal practice
* Education, law, love, culture, compassion, material existence, and quality of life
* Community vitality, work, and leisure
* Mindful practice, adjudication, and civil society

Critical perspectives grounded in law or policy reform, law and society, empirical, comparative, or interdisciplinary approaches involving Aboriginal studies, sociology, domestic or international law, fiscal policy, public policy, political studies, cultural studies, social anthropology, history, economics, philosophy, women’s/gender studies, and/or human rights are sought.

Submitting paper proposals:
If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel on a specific issue, please email a short outline of your proposal (a paragraph in length) to Kathleen Lahey (kal2@queensu.ca) and Bita Amani  (amanib@queensu.ca) and copy Melissa Howlett (Melissa.Howlett@queensu.ca). Proposals may be submitted until December 11, 2015. Participation will be
confirmed in January 2016. When submitting proposals, please use this subject line: FLSQ2016 abstract.

When submitting a paper or panel proposal, please indicate whether you would be able to obtain institutional support to attend, or whether you could
attend only if you receive funding from Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s.

Registration, accommodation, and childcare:
Attendance without presenting a paper is welcome. Contact the organizers to indicate interest and obtain registration information. Some funding is available to assist students to attend. Registration will open on January 15. Information on accommodation will be provided on request. Anyone wanting childcare should mention this request so appropriate arrangements can be made.

For further information please contact:
Prof. Kathleen Lahey (kal2@queensu.ca) and Prof. Bita Amani,
Co-Directors, Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s
Faculty of Law,
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario


Missing and marginalized: ending the erasure of women’s lives and experiences
14-17 June 2016
University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


Women are missing. From the murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, to the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria, to the epidemic of violence directed at transgender women, to the Chinese One Child Policy, the vulnerability and expendability of women is an international scandal. Alongside this, the ubiquitous absence internationally of women from political leadership and from full participation in economic life further perpetuates the injustices of this world. Within academe too, women are starkly underrepresented in the STEM disciplines and in senior academic administration. Put simply, wherever you look, and at almost every level of analysis, women are missing out on the opportunity to flourish and to support the growth of their communities.

In this context, the University of Waterloo and the Association of Commonwealth Universities present ‘Missing and marginalized: ending the erasure of women’s lives and experiences’. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the ACU Gender Programme, this interdisciplinary conference focuses on the role that the post-secondary education sector can play in ending the erasure of women’s lives and experiences. It will bring together scholars from all disciplines and Commonwealth nations, as well as administrators, industry leaders, and policymakers.

The conference is organised around three pillars:

  • Global and indigenous justice issues
  • Leadership
  • Industry and the STEM disciplines

Abstracts (500 words) are due by December 1, 2015.  For more information, please see the conference website.


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