Exploring Relationships between Time, Law and Social Ordering: A Curated Conversation


  • Emily Grabham University of Kent
  • Emma Cunliffe University of British Columbia
  • Stacy Douglas Carleton University.
  • Sarah Keenan Birkbeck University of London
  • Renisa Mawani University of British Columbia
  • Amade M'charek University of Amsterdam




time, temporality, law, social ordering, colonialism, race


This interdisciplinary and international 'curated conversation' focuses on the relationship between time, law and social ordering. Participants were drawn from law, sociology and anthropology in the UK, Canada and the Netherlands. Their research is inspired by, and engaged with, feminist theory, post- or anti-colonial perspectives and/or critical race theory. In an extended written conversation lasting several days (and later edited), participants reflected on how questions of time have emerged in their research, the ways in which they have struggled with conceptual or methodological dilemmas to do with analysing time in relation to law or social ordering. The conversation focused in particular on how constructions of race are co-imbricated with dominant temporal idioms and practices and the challenges this poses for researchers interesting in unpicking the knotted relationships between race, colonialism, and specific legal technicalities or approaches.

Author Biographies

Emily Grabham, University of Kent

Professor of Law, Kent Law School, University of Kent, UK.

Emma Cunliffe, University of British Columbia

Associate Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada.

Stacy Douglas, Carleton University.

Associate Professor, Department of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University, Canada.

Sarah Keenan, Birkbeck University of London

Senior Lecturer in Law, School of Law, Birkbeck University of London, UK.

Renisa Mawani, University of British Columbia

Professor, Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia, Canada.

Amade M'charek, University of Amsterdam

Professor of the Anthropology of Science, Department of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.



How to Cite

Grabham, E., Cunliffe, E., Douglas, S., Keenan, S., Mawani, R., & M’charek, A. (2018). Exploring Relationships between Time, Law and Social Ordering: A Curated Conversation. Feminists@law, 8(2). https://doi.org/10.22024/UniKent/03/fal.652



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