Gendering European Working Time Regimes: a book symposium, 29 March 2017, 4-6pm, Queen Mary
A book symposium organised by the Centre for Research on Law, Equality and Diversity (LEAD) for Ania Zbyszewska's book Gendering European Working Time Regimes (CUP) is taking place on 29 March 2017 from 4-6pm in Room 313, Third Floor, Law Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road E1 4NS.
The standard approach to regulating working hours rests on gendered assumptions about how paid and unpaid work ought to be divided. In this book, Ania Zbyszewska takes a feminist, socio-legal approach to evaluate whether the contemporary European working time regimes can support a more equal sharing of this work. Focusing on the legal and political developments surrounding the EU's Working Time Directive and the reforms of Poland's Labour Code, Zbyszewska reveals that both regimes retain this traditional gender bias, and suggests the reasons for its persistence.
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Feminist Reflections On Law, Society and Care Call for Papers, Manchester Metropolitan University, 21 July 2017
Manchester Law School invites contributions to the event: Feminist Reflections On Law, Society and Care to be held on Friday 21st July 2017. Dr. Melanie Latham is pleased to announce the following confirmed speakers: Professor Alison Jaggar, presenting on “Gendered perspectives on Global Justice” and Professor Donna Dickenson, presenting on “Feminist perspectives on Property in the Body”.
This event aims to bring together, individuals working within feminist frameworks to address contemporary societal issues. This could include (but is not limited to) contributions in the areas of: Ethics of Care, Global Justice, Health Care Technologies, Community activism, Feminist Methodologies
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Confronting Gender Inequality in Uncertain Times, Wednesday 11 January 2017. Time: 6.30-8pm, LSE, Old Theatre, Old Building
Since the publication of the LSE Gender Institute’s Commission on Gender, Inequality and Power in the Autumn of 2015, we have seen a range of policy initiatives in the economic, political, legal and media realms. But the climate in which policy is being formulated and implemented has also been transformed – in already obvious but also less calculable ways – by the outcome of last summer’s referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU and the formation of a new government. In this event, a distinguished panel of speakers drawn from each of the spheres tackled by the Commission will assess the likely impact of developments since the LSE report. What is the outlook for the Commission’s proposals and for gender equality in a post-Brexit world in which the prospects of increased public spending are uncertain; resort to the European Court of Justice is in question; and social cleavages have been thrown into sharp relief?
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Transformation of Gender: Reflections in Legal Research and Practice. Nordic Law and Gender Conference 2017 – University of Turku, Finland: May 11-12th, 2017.
Call for papers. The conference calls for different perspectives on how the changing understandings of sex and gender and intersectionality are reflected in law, legal research, legal practices and theories. Theoretical and legal papers discussing any field of law are welcomes. Doctoral students and post doc researchers are encouraged to submit papers. A call for papers will be opened in January, 2017.
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Global Society: Journal of Interdisciplinary International Relations Call for Papers and Participation. Global Society Workshop on Gender and Security. Deadline: 27 November 2016.
Global Society: Journal of Interdisciplinary International Relations is hosting a one-day workshop on the theme ‘gender and security’ to be held at the University of Kent (Canterbury, England) on 13 January 2017. The workshop is open to both presenters and non-presenters and welcomes participation from both academics (including PhD students) and practitioners. Click here for more information
Subversive Migrants in the late 19th Century, University of Kent, 17 November, 4pm (GLT2)
Sheila Rowbotham will discuss her new book Rebel Crossings: New Women, Free Lovers, and Radicals in Britain and the United States, which relates the interweaving lives of four women and two men as they journey from the nineteenth to the twentieth century, from Britain to America, and from Old World conventions toward New World utopias. Radicalised by the rise of socialism, they cross the Atlantic in search of self-fulfillment and an alternative to a cruelly competitive capitalism, and struggle to combine personal happiness with radical social commitment and emancipation. By relaying their stories, Rowbotham charts the formative links between socialism, women's emancipation, and the politics of self-realization. Click here for more information
Imagined Law: The Governance of India's Surrogacy Markets – discussion with Prabha Kotiswaran 13 October 2016, 5-7pm Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, London
India has been the hub of commercial surrogacy for the past decade, fostering an industry that experts claim is worth US $2.4billion. Enabled by a permissive legal framework, entrepreneurial Indian fertility clinics seized the opportunity to cater to the burgeoning demand of commissioning parents from the world over with hundreds of babies being born every year to Indian surrogates. However, in a significant shift in policy the Indian government has recently proposed a ban on all forms of commercial surrogacy leading some to welcome the ban as signalling the end to reproductive trafficking while others have claimed that the proposed law is in fact anti-poor and anti-women. Click here for more information
Half-day workshop on 'Diversity and Legal Reasoning' 23 November 2016, 4 -7pm Queen Mary University of London
Debates about the nature of legal reasoning tend to present legal reasoning as monolithic - as either objective and based on fundamental principles and shared values or as political and based on the interests of a dominant class. Neither side of this debate accounts for – or indeed allows for the possibility of – judicial diversity. What are the consequences for legal reasoning when decision-makers include the previously marginalised, when values are heterogeneous and when fundamental principles are contested from a range of perspectives? Contributors to this workshop will consider legal reasoning in the hands of a diverse judiciary and in response to multivocal claims for recognition and political and social inclusion. Click here for more information
13 October 2016, 5-7pm
1) Imagined Law: The Governance of India's Surrogacy Markets – discussion with Prabha Kotiswaran
Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, London
India has been the hub of commercial surrogacy for the past decade, fostering an industry that experts claim is worth US $2.4billion. Enabled by a permissive legal framework, entrepreneurial Indian fertility clinics seized the opportunity to cater to the burgeoning demand of commissioning parents from the world over with hundreds of babies being born every year to Indian surrogates. However, in a significant shift in policy the Indian government has recently proposed a ban on all forms of commercial surrogacy leading some to welcome the ban as signalling the end to reproductive trafficking while others have claimed that the proposed law is in fact anti-poor and anti-women. For more information click here
23 November 2016, 4 -7pm
Half-day workshop on 'Diversity and Legal Reasoning'
Queen Mary University of London
Debates about the nature of legal reasoning tend to present legal reasoning as monolithic - as either objective and based on fundamental principles and shared values or as political and based on the interests of a dominant class. Neither side of this debate accounts for – or indeed allows for the possibility of – judicial diversity. What are the consequences for legal reasoning when decision-makers include the previously marginalised, when values are heterogeneous and when fundamental principles are contested from a range of perspectives? Contributors to this workshop will consider legal reasoning in the hands of a diverse judiciary and in response to multivocal claims for recognition and political and social inclusion. For more information click here
Michael Perlin's Lecture on 'Sexuality, Disability and the Law: Beyond the Last Frontier?' University of Leeds, 20th July 2016.
Professor Michael Perlin will be discussing central themes from his recently published book 'Sexuality, Disability and the Law: Beyond the Last Frontier?' (2016, Palgrave Macmillan). His paper will address issues of Disability and Sexuality, particularly focusing on the hostility that often emerges around relationships between adults with disabilities, the stereotypes at play and how such problems might be remedied. Click here for more information
Adelle Blackett’s seminar on "Law, domestic work and challenging neoliberal governance": SOAS, London at 15.00 on Friday 29 July 2016
In this Q&A session, Professor Adelle Blackett will bring together her theoretical scholarship on domestic work and the gendered nature of informal work, with an examination of the process of translating such scholarly work into legal norms - using the example of the ILO (International Labour Organisation) convention on Domestic Workers to examine how scholars can make interventions into policy. Click here for more information
British Psychological Society, Psychology of Sexualities Section - Awards and Funding
The BPS Psychology of Sexualities Section has an increased suite of Awards for 2016 with extended deadlines of *31 May* for the three categories of Undergraduate, Practitioner and Research.
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Using Feminist Approaches: A Socio-Legal Research Roundtable 24 May 2016, Kent Law School, University of Kent
The aim of this Roundtable is to encourage in-depth and constructive dialogue on feminist approaches, theories and methods in interdisciplinary socio-legal research. The Roundtable will consist of an intensive one-day workshop organised in two sessions. Doctoral and early career researchers engaged in feminist critical/empirical work are welcome. Click here for more information
Call for Evidence to the Political Studies Association (PSA) Commission on the Crisis of Care in Austerity Britain
The commission invites you to submit evidence on the impacts of changes in regulation and financing on the provision of care to older people in England. This call for evidence is a part of the work by the Commission on the Crisis of Care and it will inform their findings. They particularly welcome any information (existing evidence, research and studies) you may be able to provide on changes in regulation and funding of social care to older people since 2010 and that considers issues related to gender and care providers and recipients from black and ethnic minority communities. Click here for more information
On liberty - Tuesday 1 March & Tuesday 8 March 2016 | Wolfson 1, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
In this Masterclass – which is over two sessions – Shami Chakrabarti will argue that an individual’s fundamental rights and freedoms are indispensable and will suggest that those rights are under unprecedented pressure today. Drawing on her own work in high-profile campaigns, from privacy laws to anti-terror legislation, Chakrabarti will outline what she contends are the current threats to democratic institutions and assert that individual rights are paramount in upholding democracy. Click here for more information
Homonationalisms and Criminalized Queers: A Panel Discussion about Global Sexual Politics – 16 March 2016, Birkbeck University of London, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7HX. Malet Street main building Room 415
This panel discussion will question the politics of sexualities and citizenship focusing on key moments such as the decision made by the Supreme Court of India to uphold Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a colonial sodomy law that criminalizes queer sex and people. We will also address contentious issues such as European “gay conditionality” policies, which propose that financial aid to countries in the Global South should be dependent on the institution of LGBTQ rights. Click here for more information
Residence Rights for Carers of Union Citizen Children before the Court of Justice of the European Union – by Fulvia Staiano
In the currently pending case of Chavez-Vilchez and Others , the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) was presented with two questions on the limits and scope of the principles established in its landmark Zambrano judgment. These question, in particular, aimed to ascertain the scope of the principle established in Zambrano (and subsequently clarified in Dereci), whereby a third-country national parent of a child who is a citizen of a Member State enjoys a right of residence on its territory only when it can be said that the child would be forced to leave the Union in case of expulsion of the parent. Click here for more information
Policing Pregnancy: A one-day conference on maternal autonomy, risk and responsibility, 13 April 2016 9:00 am - 4:45 pm Royal College of Physicians, London
The Policing Pregnancy conference is a collaboration between British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), Birthrights and the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, and will explore the provision of behavioural advice and care to pregnant women. The event is of interest to practitioners, advocates, academics, policy makers, journalists – and anyone else who is concerned about the expansion of risk thinking and its effects for the autonomy and choice-making ability of women. Click here for event programme and registration.
Othello on Trial
5 November 2015, The Octagon, Queens' Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS
Boy meets girl, falls in love, kills her. It's a story at least as old as Shakespeare's Othello and with two women in the UK killed each week by their male partners it couldn't be more disturbingly topical. This new play tackles possessive jealousy and its fatal consequences. Othello stands trial at the Old Bailey for killing his unfaithful wife. Murder or manslaughter? Should his time-honoured resort to a victim blaming defence trump her right to life? Click here for more details http://www.qmul.ac.uk/events/items/2015/164896.html
CFP: Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network at LSA, June 2016
Within Law & Society, the Feminist Legal Theory CRN seeks to bring together scholars across a range of fields who are interested in feminist legal theory. There is no pre-set theme to which papers must conform. We would be especially happy to see proposals that fit in with the LSA conference theme, which is the role of law and legal institutions in sustaining, creating, interrogating, and ameliorating inequalities. We welcome proposals that would permit us to collaborate with other CRNs, such as the Critical Research on Race and the Law CRN or the Gender, Sexuality and the Law CRN Click here for more information
Feminism, Legality, Knowledge – London, 30 June-1 July 2016
Queen Mary University of London and Feminist Legal Studies will host an international and interdisciplinary seminar June 30 – July 1, 2016, “to consider the relationship between feminism, legality and knowledge.” Click here for more information
Austerity, gender and household finances' conference (University of Kent, 18-19 June 2015)
The conference, one of a number of projects marking the University of Kent's 50th anniversary, aims to initiate a critical interdisciplinary dialogue to explore and interrogate the impact of austerity on households as well as the scope and effect of existing public policies and legal and regulatory measures on families and their financial circumstances. It will explore the impact of austerity on women and the vulnerable in society and incorporates the following thematic streams: Austerity and Debt and Credit; Austerity and Financialisation: What can we learn from the Global South? And Austerity and Parenting. Click here for more information
CfP: Edited Collection. Regulating Time – New Perspectives on Law, Regulation, and Temporalities
Editors: Sian Beynon-Jones (University of York) and Emily Grabham (Kent Law School). Across the social sciences and humanities, there is growing interest in how time is co- produced with law and regulation. Ranging from analyses of pre-emption in security studies (de Goede and Amoore, 2008) to queer temporalities (Freeman, 2010), critiques of temporality in post-colonial studies (Scott, 2014), to the conceptual promise of utopias (Cooper, 2014) and chronotopes (Valverde, 2015), scholars are increasingly motivated to develop new tools for investigating time and regulation. Click here for more information
Symposium on Feminist Action at Kent- Saturday 21st March 2015, Grimond Lecture Theatre and Foyer. This event celebrates feminist achievements at the University of Kent, setting them in the context of research over the past fifty years. It will involve not only current staff and students, but also activists and experts from the local community, former students from the Kent Women?s Studies programme, and visiting speakers. Click here for more information
See How She Runs: Feminists Rethink Fitness -
International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics _CFP
Fitness is a neglected concept in bioethics but fitness is of key importance to women?s health and well-being. Until recently the focus of feminist criticism was on diet and weight loss, while ?fitness? was thought to be benign. More recently feminists have been engaging with the rhetoric of fitness as well. Some of the issues discussed show that there are significant impediments to women?s flourishing associated with fitness talk: fat shaming, body image, the tyranny of dieting, the narrow aesthetic ideal of femininity and how antithetical it is to athleticism, the sexualization of female athletes, women and competition, issues about entitlement, inclusion, and exclusion, the way expectations about achievement are gender variable, the harms of stereotyping. Feminists have begun to interrogate the very assumptions about what constitutes ?fitness? in the first place. How is fitness connected to ableism and non-disabled privilege? Sport and fitness provide us with microcosms of more general feminist concerns about power, privilege, entitlement, and socialization.
The deadline is April 1, 2015. Click here for more information
Cycles of Care: ReValuing the Possibilities of Connection ? 28 November 2014, Queen Mary, London
This seminar will draw on the research of the ReValuing Care Network to consider the possibilities of a new ?cycles? approach to care. This approach addresses how subjects move between and among instances of care-receiving and care-giving over time and space as they generate and value connection with one another through embodied experiences and rights claims. Click here for more details
Austerity, Gender and Household Finances: call for papers, 27–28 June 2015, University of Kent
Scholars are invited to submit abstracts for the Austerity, Gender and Household Finances conference taking place at the University of Kent on 27/28 June 2015. The conference, one of a number of projects marking the University of Kent's 50th Anniversary, will explore the impact of austerity on women and the vulnerable in society and incorporates four thematic streams including the impact of austerity on: Housing; Debt and Credit; Parenting; and Financialisation. Submissions to the conference are invited from a broad range of disciplines including law, sociology, social policy, economics, psychology and gender studies. Click here for more information
Ecuador to recognise same-sex civil unions
Starting on the 15th of September, same-sex couples in Ecuador will be able to officially register their civil union and have it noted on their national ID cards. Though same-sex marriage remains illegal, the move brings with it a whole host of financial and legal benefits. The announcement came just days after Correa met with gay and trans rights leaders and received a report from them entitled “Access to Justice and Human Rights for the LGBT community,” which documented many cases of discrimination throughout the country that stemmed from the lack of legal recognition for same-sex couples. Click here for more information
Italy: First same sex couple allowed to adopt a child
12.09.14 A court in Rome approved the first adoption of a child by a same sex couple in Italy. The Court (Tribunale per i Minorenni) upheld the request for adoption based on a law which states that the non- biological parent can be allowed to adopt their partner’s child, in order to maintain the emotional relationship and the cohabitation which has been established and reinforced through time. Click here for more information
Reflection on Dispossession Critical feminisms, 24-25 October, SOAS, London
This two-day symposium explores the relationship between the material, cultural, psychic and symbolic dimensions and effects of dispossession. Building on a range of critical feminisms, the papers, collective discussions and keynote addresses will take forward and build on the rich and dynamic traditions of black, indigenous and post-colonial feminisms, queer theory and materialist feminisms. Registration essential Book now at store.soas.ac.uk
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Austerity, Gender and Household Finances: Call for papers
Scholars are invited to submit abstracts for the Austerity, Gender and Household Finances conference taking place at the University of Kent on 27/28 June 2015.
The conference, one of a number of projects marking the University of Kent's 50th anniversary, will explore the impact of austerity on women and the vulnerable in society and incorporates four thematic streams: Austerity and Housing; Austerity and Debt and Credit; Austerity and Parenting; and Austerity and Financialisation: What can we learn from the Global South?. Abstracts should be submitted by 15 October 2014. Click here for more information.http://www.kent.ac.uk/law/news/articles/50years_feminism_at_kent_cfp.html
Funding cuts in Australia mean 'more women will remain in violent, abusive relationships'.
20 June 2014
Lawyers speak out about $43m cut from legal assistance, causing family violence programs to be scaled down or scrapped. Click here for more details
Thinking Transnational Feminisms Summer Institute, Ohio State University, 6-11 July 2014
20 June 2014.
Thinking Transnational Feminisms is a collaborative five-day summer institute organized by and for feminist scholars who are engaging the transnational as a process, a critique, a paradigm, and/or a characteristic of social movement in their scholarship to make sense of these multiple, sometimes contradictory, approaches and concepts.ÿ We invite graduate students, emerging, and established scholars to join us in exploring and sharpening our understanding of where the field of ?transnational feminisms? is and where it is going by sharing and critiquing each others? work in progress. Click here for more information
Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies invites submissions for a special issue on transnational feminism and its impact on Women’s Studies as a field.
7 May 2014
With this special issue, we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first United Nations World Conference on Women that took place in Mexico City in 1975. In the forty years since, transnational feminisms, Native and indigenous feminisms, and women of color feminisms have troubled the idea of a global sisterhood while also providing tools to navigate the global realities of our contemporary societies. Submission date: May 15, 2014. Click here for more information.
Conversation with Jasbir Puar and Yasmin Gunaratnam on disability, sexuality and globalization. Thursday May 22 2014, 5-7pm, Goldsmiths, London.
7 May 2014
Bodies are often affirmed as crucial to political struggle and resistance: bodies that take a stand, that march, that assemble in protest. To this extent, the image of the dissenting body often implies a body that "can do," a body that is capable. What happens, however, if we begin with a different sense of the body: with bodies that are worn down, worn out, aging, weakening, frail, ill, hurt or disabled? If distributions of power at the levels of the local and the geo-social, manifest as distributions of capacities and incapacities, then what does this mean for a politics of intervention? How would focusing on "debilities" change our understanding of the role of bodies in political activism? And what are some of the ethical and methodological consequences of sensing bodies in these terms? Click here for more information
Constitutional court issues decision on abortion restrictions in Bolivia
In a ruling that marks a significant step forward for women?s rights in the region, Bolivia?s highest court, the Plurinational Constitutional Court, issued a decision ending the requirement for judicial authorization for women seeking legal abortion in Bolivia. Click here for more information
CCJHR Conference 28 March 2014: Marriage Equality, Relationship Recognition and Non-Discrimination: Securing Equality and Rights? University College Cork, Ireland.
13.3.2014This conference brings together leading human rights advocates, lawyers and academics to address the many pressing questions that now face Ireland and other jurisdictions engaging in comprehensive reforms of family, constitutional, equality and human rights law. Click here for more information
Trouble & Strife first appeared in print in 1983, and by the end of 2013 the collective plan to have all print issues of the magazine available on the website. To launch the online archive, an event was held in London on 2 December 2013 at London Metropolitan University. The panel included Purna Sen, Liz Kelly and Cath Jackson. Click here to watch the video.
CFP for a Panel at the Conference of Irish Geographers 2014, 8-10 May,ÿUniversityÿCollegeÿDublin on ?Gender, Feminism and Political Geography: Challenging Traditional Perspectives and Approaches?.
Gendered theorising and analyses has reframed political geography as traditionally defined, though its ?mainstream? scholarship has yet to fully embrace feminist perspectives. Feminists have shown how the very theoretical and conceptual bases of political geography are imbued with masculinist norms and approaches. Moreover, the sub-field remains dominated by (white) men, an imbalance particularly evident in the large bodies of literature on electoral geography and geopolitics. Abstracts should be submitted by March 20th. Click here to access CFP.
Open Lecture: Cinzia Arruzza on Social Reproduction Feminism, Queen Mary, 30 Jan 2014.
17.1.2014 The lecture ?addresses the notion of social reproduction from the viewpoint of a unitary theory understanding gender oppression and capitalism not as two autonomous and independent systems, but rather as two distinct and interrelated moments within the same social whole.ÿSocial reproduction feminismÿhas been accused in the past of being functionalist, and of being grounded on a more or less hidden economic and biological determinism.ÿThe aim of the paper is to refute these criticisms and to show that the concept of social reproduction as such does not imply any of the theoretical weaknesses attributed by its critics, whereas it has a great explanatory potential. Indeed, the notion of social reproduction within the framework of a unitary theory enables us to understand the current crisis not in economist terms, but rather as a crisis of the reproduction of the capitalist society considered in all of its dimensions and as a moment of reconfiguration of the concrete mechanisms of gender oppression?. Click here To access full details http://www.politics.qmul.ac.uk/events/items/119371.html
7.12.13 Legal aid cuts are devastating to women, especially those suffering abuse- By Mary O'Hara
"More than six months after legislation was passed reducing access to justice for victims of domestic violence, women's groups are shedding light on its repercussions. Women's groups and legal aid lawyers say victims are increasingly not coming forward for help because they don't have the necessary 'proof'". Click here to read full article.
"Our struggles as women, as people of colour, as queers, as people with disabilities, as immigrants, as asylum seekers, as people who are criminalised and victims of the prison industrial complex, and as people whose labour is exploited, cannot be won if we fight alone or if we assume that all these identities are mutually exclusive?. Click here to read the blog post about Professor Angela Davis? Birkbeck law School annual lecture "Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Closure and Continuities"
The conference aims to engage with different legal systems across cultures focusing on the ways in which social mores are institutionalised in societies aiming to render a subtle, complex account of the discursive construction of gender, linking together ideologies, language, their cultural groundings and their operation in legal context. It invites the participants to bring in the cases that enable further discussions in relation to broader contexts including social, political, cultural, economic and legal processes that underlie the construction of the gendered subjectivities. This conference is open for papers across disciplines, including, but not limited to, legal studies, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, cultural studies, politics, international relations and else. Click here to access the call for papers.
Registration open for PECANS workshop on Law, Gender and Sexuality, 22-23 November 2013, Newcastle University
15.10.2013 This two-days conference will bring together postgraduate and early-career scholars from across the UK and beyond to explore the general theme of ‘Encounters with vulnerability: the victim, the fragile, the monster, the queer, the abject, the nomadic, the feminine, the shameful, and the rest’. This interdisciplinary conference in the field of Law, Gender and Sexuality’ will investigate what lies beneath vulnerability, how it is deployed, what it calls for, and how it is denied, among other. Click here for more details
Talking back on race, space and sexual assault - by Sonia Lawrence
30.9.2013 The October 2013 edition of Toronto Life Magazine includes a story by Katherine Laidlaw entitled: "Fortress York: York University spends millions on safety measures but female students are still afraid of who lurks in the bushes. How a campus becomes a hunting ground for sexual predators". The article, in recounting a dramatic, lurid story, where predators lurk in bushes and the campus is a hunting ground, provides no useful service to anyone. Instead, it advances a dangerous falsehood that women will be safe if we stay close to home (as long as that home is in a particular zone of the city), or avoid various denigrated “others”. It manages to both exaggerate and minimize the significance of sexual assault on university campuses and elsewhere. It relies on racist tropes about the dangers of Jane and Finch, sexist ignorance of the true nature of women’s vulnerability to sexual assault and elitist disregard for everything outside the zones of the 1%. Click here to read and support the full response to the editor
Call for Abstracts: Gender and Labour in New Times, Keele, 2014
As part of the 2014 Gender, Work and Organisation conference, this stream calls for papers examining ‘Gender and Labour in New Times’. Such papers may include, but are not limited to, considerations of: the financialization of women’s work (both paid and unpaid), the shifting temporal dimensions of women’s labour, new forms of the productivity of women’s labour, the measurement and valuation of women’s labour in post-Fordism, women’s work in a time of austerity, indebted labour and social provisioning. Abstracts are due 1 November 2013. The full details are available here.
Call For Abstracts: Corporate Responsibility and Gendered Organisations, Keele, 2014
The global financial crisis of 2007/8 not to mention the numerous scandals that preceded it has given additional impetus to issues of corporate ethics and social responsibility. Equally a more philosophically grounded literature within feminism has renewed an interest in examining organizations from a more embodied ethical point of view. As part of 2014 Gender, Work and Organisation conference , this stream aims to develop critically engaged gendered and diversity thinking in relation to corporate responsibility Abstracts are due 1 November 2013. Click here to view full details.
Deadline for Submissions: September 20, 2013 Debates over the legalization of same-sex marriage have contained little or no critical interrogation of the institution of marriage itself. Feminist critiques of marriage, once widespread in academia, have been silenced by the difficulty of interjecting in an argument strongly shaped by discourses of love, and where the premise of the dispute itself is delimited by a framing that understands marriage as an unquestioned good that should either be protected in its 'traditional' form or available to all couples. But how could feminists radically rethink marriage? What is at stake (politically, materially, affectively) in such an endeavour? What would "rethinking marriage" look like? The full details are available here.
After a successful first year, the London Feminist Film Festival will return for second year. Deadline: 31 August 2013. Submission Guidelines: Women directors from any country may enter. In the case of multiple directors, all should be women. Films should deal with feminist issues and/or be feminist in their representation of women. Films can be of any length or genre, and from any year. Non-English language films should be presented in English-subtitled versions. For more information click here .
There will be an open meeting in London on June 18 to discuss the ways in which 'race' and 'culture' are selectively used in discussions around violence against women and girls, and how austerity cuts are affecting these discussions. For further information click here.
What Might Feminist Policy Be and How Can it be Made?'
21.05.2013: Registration for this free event at Birkbeck is now open. Hosted by the Feminist Policy, Politics and Practice Forum, the event aims to bring together feminist academics, activists and practitioners, policymakers and researchers. The full details are available here. http://feministpolicypolitics-estw.eventbrite.co.uk/
Call for special section proposals
21.05.2013: feminists@law warmly invites proposals for special sections of the journal which advance the aims of the journal as set out below and in ‘About the Journal’. Proposals should provide details of the theme of the section, proposed editors, contributors and titles, proposed submission date, and why the material would be particularly suitable for feminists@law. Material may be in text, image, audio or video format, or any combination of these. Papers submitted as formal articles will be subject to the journal’s normal refereeing process, and referees will also be asked to comment on the coherence and original contribution of the section as a whole. The journal’s standard policies concerning format, referencing and copyright will apply and guest editors will be responsible for ensuring contributors are aware of these and for ensuring internal consistency in the presentation of the section. Proposals may be sent at any time to email@example.com and will be considered by the Editorial Board on a rolling basis.
Same-sex marriage debate, by Nicola Barker
14.02.2013: It would be easy to dismiss Sir Roger Gale's 'Alice in Wonderland' speech in Parliament. However, he has unwittingly made an argument that represents the views of some members of the lesbian and gay communities who have not taken part in the mainstream debates on same-sex marriage. The debate has largely been between conservatives: those who support same-sex marriage because they are conservatives and those who oppose same-sex marriage because they are conservatives. There is little intervention from those who are not conservatives, who oppose same-sex marriage because marriage is conservative. To read more click here http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/law/2013/02/07/marriage-same-sex-couples-bill-2013-thoughts-on-the-second-reading-debatehttp://blogs.kent.ac.uk/law/2013/02/07/marriage-same-sex-couples-bill-2013-thoughts-on-the-second-reading-debate
Critiquing the McAleese Report, by Mairead Enright
11.02.2013: Tuesday saw the publication of the McAleese Report which documents extensive Irish state involvement in the Magdalene Laundries regime. The Government refuses to apologise for state involvement in the laundries and has not yet agreed to provide reparations to the women who worked, and were illegally detained in the laundries. To read more see http://humanrights.ie/criminal-justice/critiquing-the-mcaleese-report/
Prohibit the 'two-finger test' in rape cases - Sign the Petition to Sushil Kumar Shinde, Home Minister of India
07/01/2013: In India, people are on the streets against widespread sexual violence and the equally widespread and deep-seated culture of victim-blaming and misogyny that makes it difficult for rape survivors to get justice. We need you to tell the Government of India to prohibit, without any further delay, the misogynist and degrading medico-legal practice of inserting two fingers in the vagina to check if the rape survivor is 'habituated to sex.' This practice, inherited by India from colonial times, is nothing but medical 're-rape' of the rape survivor. It contributes to India's low conviction rates for rape, by allowing the survivor's past sexual history to undermine her testimony. To sign the petition click here. https://www.change.org/petitions/sushil-kumar-shinde-home-minister-of-india-prohibit-the-two-finger-test-in-rape-cases-2?tm_campaign=friend_inviter_modal&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=permissions_dialog_false
Ban the 'two-finger test' in rape cases - by Pratiksha Baxi
04/01/2013: There is a surging hope that the Justice Verma Commission will do justice to the cries for freedom and justice resounding in the city surely and loudly since the tragic death of the 23 year old who was raped and brutally assaulted... The government however does not need a commission to remind it of several submissions to get rid of the colonial, sexist and violent practice of the two-finger test. There is no law, which says that doctors must insert two fingers (sometimes more, some even quibble about the size of the fingers in our courts) in the vagina to figure out whether the hymen is distensible or not. This then leads to the inference that the rape survivor is habituated to sex, introducing past sexual history into rape trials. Past sexual history was disallowed in rape trials since 2003. However, the two-finger test by medicalizing consent allows past sexual history of the raped survivor to prejudice her testimony. To read more click here. http://lawandotherthings.blogspot.in
Two Weeks to Save Lambeth Women's Project!
05.06.2012: The Lambeth Women’s Project is a space in South London that has been running for over 30 years, acting as a hub for different women’s groups, events, and projects. It does amazing work. But Lambeth Council is trying to evict LWP - they’ve been given 2 weeks to leave, with no offer of alternative premises! LWP provides space, services and opportunities for girls and women across racial, class and disability lines, and has run as a labour of love/ volunteer project for many years now. Closing LWP would take away vital services for young girls and women in an area of extensive poverty and deprivation. LWP currently houses 11 different women’s groups working in areas of advocacy, arts and music, counselling, domestic violence, gang-related, green issues, health and mentoring — these women’s groups will also be adversely affected from this eviction. For more information, see http://feministmemory.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/two-weeks-to-save-lambeth-womens-project/.
STOP THE ARRESTS
'Stop the Arrests', a coalition of sex worker rights activists and supporters, is calling for a moratorium on arrests, detention and deportation of sex workers in London with immediate effect until the end of the Olympic Games. Citing the recent World Cups in South Africa and Germany, the campaign argues that large international sporting events are often associated with increased arrests, detention and deportation of workers in the sex industry. This increased policing creates a climate of fear among workers, leaving them less likely to report crimes against them and more vulnerable to abuse. A number of community groups, service providers, academics and other individuals have added their support to the call for a moratorium and the campaign is asking for more people to add their names to the call. See http://www.moratorium2012.org/open-letter/.
Audre Lorde’s Legacy: Thursday, 3rd May 2012, the Women’s Library, London
This one-day film and cultural festival organised by the University of Kent celebrates the legacy of Audre Lorde. Lorde’s brilliant writings and speeches defined and inspired the American feminist, lesbian, African-American, and women of color movements of the 70s and 80s. On occasion of the 20-year anniversary of her passing, four powerful tribute films will be screened, including a new documentary by scholar, activist and feminist publisher Dagmar Schultz which has been accepted for the world premiere at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival (2012). For more information click here http://www.kent.ac.uk/kiash/documents/events/2012/Audre%20Lorde%20cultural%20and%20film%20festival.pdf.
Bodies of Law / Law and the Body: An interdisciplinary conference for postgraduate and early-career academics in the area of law, gender and sexuality, Westmister University, 30 March 2012
Law mediates various power structures and is interwoven with numerous other knowledges that participate in the construction, normalization and regulation of bodies, such as medicine, social media, religion and the nation-state. Numerous feminist legal scholars have commented on law’s intimate relationship to, for example, medical discourses, arguing that the shape of legal power has changed to more regulatory and disciplinary forms. Inevitably law’s relationship to bodies/states of embodiment alters as it takes on these increasingly pervasive roles. One might conclude that the notion of a space where the law will not intervene is a liberal fantasy, out of step with the reality of law’s operations. How, then, should law be evaluated and/or harnessed? This interdisciplinary one-day workshop aims to cover these and other issues pertaining to law and the body. For More information click here http://clgs-pecans.org.uk/news/686/pecans-workshop-2012-registration-open-bodies-of-law-law-and-the-body.
The Catharine Stimpton Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship-Submission Deadline: 1 March 2012
Named in honor of the founding editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, the Catharine Stimpson Prize is designed to recognize excellence and innovation in the work of emerging feminist scholars and is awarded biannually to the best paper in an international competition. Leading feminist scholars from around the globe will select the winner. The prizewinning paper will be published in Signs, and the author will be provided an honorarium of $1,000. All papers submitted for the Stimpson Prize will be considered for peer review and possible publication in Signs. Eligibility: Feminist scholars in the early years of their careers (less than seven years since receipt of the terminal degree) are invited to submit papers for the Stimpson Prize. Papers may be on any topic that falls within the broad rubric of interdisciplinary feminist scholarship. Click here for more information http://www.jstor.org/page/journal/signs/stimpson.html.
UK Legal Feminist Group
The UK Legal Feminist Group, an organisation of feminist lawyers and law students set up in London to give voice to the concerns of women in and around the law, has recently launched a blog which aims to promote access to justice for women, particularly in the areas of law for which public funding is being cut; provide commentary and lobbying on law, both in terms of case law and in terms of proposals from Parliament; encourage more women into the law, and provide a support network for women wishing to further their legal careers; and instigate and follow through on campaigns throughout the year. Click here for more information http://www.legalfeminist.org/.
Anglo Nordic Dialogues’ Workshop, University of Kent, 21-22 February 2012
The workshop, organised by the Kent Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality, focuses on law, norms and normality in common law jurisdictions and the Nordic countries. It provides a unique stimulus to feminist legal scholarship because it draws upon two particular and significantly different jurisprudential traditions and understandings of the relationship between political structures and law. While the Anglo legal tradition is customarily associated with liberal individualism and norms grounded in notions of individual rights and duties, that of the Nordic countries is more closely linked to normative ideas of social citizenship, solidarity, and redistributive social justice. The objective of the workshop will be to explore and problematise these characterisations in a comparative framework. Click here for more information http://www.kent.ac.uk/law/kentclgs/News.html.
European Feminist Research Conference, Budapest, Hungary, 17-20 May 2012.
The 8th European Feminist Research Conference, organised by the Central European University, Department of Gender Studies, and AtGender, the European Association for Gender Research, Documentation and Association invites scholars, students, activists and policy makers to re-visit their politics of location in the light of the current crises in Europe and beyond, and to reflect upon the ways in which feminist scholarly tools can be used for understanding and for changing the world. Click here for more information http://www.8thfeministconference.org.
Distinguished Lecture by Professor Margaret Davies, University of Kent, Woolf Lecture Theatre, 18 January 2012
The Kent Centre for Law Gender and Sexuality is pleased to announce the distinguished lecture on Persons and Property by Professor Margaret Davis. Margaret is the Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the Kent Law School, and this is her distinguished university lecture. She is a world leading expert on feminist legal theory, and a wonderfully engaging speaker: this will be a perfect opportunity to join the university community to learn about her current research, and celebrate her time at Kent. Click here for her bio www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/law/staff/margaret-davies.cfm.
Don’t turn back time on women’s rights
The Fawcett Society, supported by 20 charities, unions and academics has published a report entitled A Life Raft for Women’s Equality which shows how the cuts are pushing women out of work, squeezing their income and undermining hard won-access to justice and protection from violence. Presenting the report, Anna Bird, Acting Chief Executive said: ‘Women have not faced a greater threat to their financial security and rights in living memory. Decades of steady, albeit slow, progress on equality for women is being dismantled, as cuts to women’s jobs and the benefits and services they rely on turn back time on women’ s equality’. Click here to view the report www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/documents/A%20Life%20Raft%20for%20Women's%20Equality%20FINAL(1).pdf.
Women in War and at War Conference (11-12 May 2012)
Aberystwyth University invites proposals for papers in the following or related areas: - International Humanitarian Law: effectiveness and challenges - International Criminal Law and prosecution of gender-related crimes - Representations of women in and at war (women as civilians, fighters, victims and perpetrators) - Women in post-conflict settings - Gender and conflict. Abstracts of max. 250 words should be submitted by 9 January 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Authors of selected abstracts will be informed by mid-February.
Baroness Hale tells the Lords Constitution Committee to 'go read that book'
On 2nd November 2011, Supreme Court Justice Baroness Hale, and Baroness Neuberger, former Chair of the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity, gave evidence at the Lords Constitution Committee's inquiry into the judicial appointments process. When asked by the Committee to give examples as to how the decisions of a Court may vary depending upon the composition of the Court, Baroness Hale recommended the Feminist Judgments Project (http://www.feministjudgments.org.uk) to the Committee. For the full transcript of the evidence, click here http://www.parliament.uk/documents/lords-committees/constitution/JAP/corrCNST021111ev7.pdf.
Call for Papers: Lesbian Lives
The Lesbian Lives Conference has been organised by the Women’s Studies Centre at University College Dublin for the past eighteen years and will this year celebrate its 19th birthday. The convenors of this two-day international and interdisciplinary conference now welcome proposals from academics, scholars, students, activists, documentary and film-makers, writers and artists for individual papers, sessions, round table discussions, workshops, and visual presentations. The closing date for the submission of proposals is Friday 30th November 2011. For more information, click here http://www.ucd.ie/socialjustice/newsandevents/lesbianlivescallforpapers.
Occupy London Stock Exchange: the Initial Statement
As global action against financial institutions and austerity measures gains momentum, members of the Occupy London Exchange Movement camped outside St Paul’s in London agree on a call for systematic change (see http://occupylsx.org/). Last week United for Global Democracy had issued a manifesto for a new global governance produced over four months through consultation among groups, activists and people's assemblies in countries such as Britain, Tunisia, Germany, Egypt, Spain, Palestine, Israel, the US, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, Australia and India. Click here to view Manifesto http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/oct/14/manifesto-global-regime-change?intcmp=239.
Transgenders in Australia win Court Case
Two transgender people have won an appeal in Australia’s highest court giving them legal recognition as men despite not completing sex-change surgeries. Transgender and intersex organisations welcome the ruling as this might spare others from having to undergo unnecessary medical surgery to have their desired gender recognised. The court ruled that characteristics that identify a person as male or female are “confined to external physical characteristics that are socially recognisable”. Click here to view article http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/06/transgender-australians-win-court-case.
''The right has chosen its scapegoat : the single mum. And she will bleed''
There has been a noticeable absence of reflection on the gendered dimensions of the recent UK riots in the mainstream media, and this despite the hypervisibility of single mothers as the cause of much chaos and 'sheer criminality'. Arguing that 'the danger of the single woman and the threat she poses to civilisation is an ancient narrative', Tanya Gold shows how the facts about single mothers read nothing like this righteous narrative. Click here to read the article: www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/aug/19/single-mothers-uk-riots-tanya-gold"
Special Issue: Regulating Decent Work for Domestic Workers - now on line
This special issue of the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law on Regulating Decent Work for Domestic Workers offers unique scholarly reflections on initiatives underway at the International Labour Organization to adopt a binding convention supplemented by a non-binding recommendation on decent work for domestic workers. Authors share comparative and international regulatory experiences, and critically theorize the role and limits of law in transforming the status and working conditions of an historically marginalized, yet globally staggering number of increasingly transnationalized, predominantly female workers. Click here to view table of contents http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/p78725467516/?p=eae29908ffdf4c98bef1836f045e4d03&pi=0.
Progress of the World Women: In Pursuit of Justice
On 7 July 2011, the newly established agency UN Women has published its first comprehensive survey of women's access to justice across the world. The report shows that the legal changes introduced in the last century have not translated into equality and justice for millions of women. Click here to download the report http://progress.unwomen.org/pdfs/EN-Report-Progress.pdf.
Italian firm makes women redundant ‘so they can stay at home and look after the children’.
30 June 2011
After making half of its workforce redundant , the company justifies selecting women only as ‘In any case, what they bring in is a second income’. Click here for more information http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/30/italian-firm-women-job-cuts.
Women lose in Walmart Suit Ruling
20 June 2011
On Monday 20 June 2011 the US Supreme Court blocked the nation’s largest-ever sex discrimination class-action suit, brought against Wal-Mart by its current and former female employees. In spite of the fact that at the time the suit was filed women held 70 per cent of the hourly jobs but made up only 33 per cent of management employees at Wal-Mart, the Court concluded that the petitioners have not established the existence of any common question. The ruling in favour of Wal-Mart makes it significantly more difficult to bring class-action suits against big corporations in the future. Click here for more information http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-blocks-massive-sex-discrimination-suit-against-wal-mart/2011/06/20/AGCQ81cH_story.html.
Women to bear the brunt of spending cuts
The Women's Budget Group has provided a compelling explanation of how women's lives are going to get worse under the UK's Coalition government. The gender assessment of the Coalition's 2011 Budget finds that "While the impact of individual measures may seem negligible, what emerges from the whole is a cumulative failure to address the inequalities that exist between women and men and to mitigate against austerity measures that threaten to further widen inequality". feminists@law supports the WBG's call for an alternative economic strategy. Click here to download the report from the WBG website. www.wbg.org.uk/index_7_282363355.pdf.
Feminists demand freedom from sexual assault and harassment
A Global Feminist Petition by Feminist Philosophers calls for the charges against former IMF CEO Dominique Strauss-Kahn to be taken seriously, and for contributions to the legal and daily expenses of his accuser. Click here to read the petition http://feministphilosophers.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/global-feminist-petition-take-strauss-kahn-charges-seriously/
14 November 2012. Irish abortion law is in the news again this week, in the wake of reporting of the death of Savita Halapannavar. Whatever narrow issues of criminal or tortious liability arise, there is a broader question of political and legislative responsibility at issue. The right to a life-saving abortion is an established part of Irish constitutional law, and has been for over 20 years. To read more click here
20 October 2012. Feminist legal scholar Anu Pylkkanen delivered her inaugural Professorial lecture, ?The Three Dimensions of Law?, at the Umea Forum for Studies on Law and Society, Umea University, on 20 October 2012. To see a video of the lecture, click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2K9Nw5wA6g&feature=youtu.be
6.00pm- 7.30pm, Wednesday 24 October 2012, The British Academy, London. Is women’s equality already a thing of the past? Did it ever exist at all? There are now fewer women in government than in recent years, very few female university Vice Chancellors and publicly funded bodies established to promote innovation are overwhelmingly male-dominated. Only 6.5% of FTSE 350 company executive directors are women, and in sectors such as film and theatre, women directors are still poorly represented. For more information, see http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2012/Where_are_all_the_women.cfm
A Russian court has ruled that three members of a punk band arrested after singing a protest song in Moscow's main Orthodox church will remain in custody. The trio, part of a band called Pussy Riot, will now stay in pre-trial detention for a further six months, until 12 January 2013. They are charged with hooliganism and could get seven years in prison. The hearing is being held behind closed doors while supporters and opponents of Pussy Riot demonstrate outside. For more information see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18921225
New Bill Liberalising Poland’s Restrictive Abortion Law to be Considered by the Polish Parliament Soon
Over 600,000 people have signed a petition in support of the draft amendment to Poland's abortion law intending to ban abortion in Poland without exceptions – even when the life of a woman is threatened. On July 1, 2011, against a motion of the Democratic Left Alliance Party to dismiss the proposal after the first reading, the Polish Parliament (the Sejm) voted in favour of the draft and passed it to further discussion in the parliamentary committee. For more information see https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Safe_Legal_Abortion_in_Poland_Now_Prawo_do_bezpiecznej_i_legalnej_aborcji_dla_Polek/