Thursday, 6 January 2011

Interrogating (In)Equality Conference

Readers might be interested in this interdisciplinary conference which is aimed at postgraduate & early career scholars in the broad area of law, gender and sexuality. My only criticism of the event is that funding should be open to new academics who do not have a PhD; many law academics still don't have a PhD but forge successful careers and could make a contribution to this event. I can think of a number of early-career academics who could make a terrific contribution and get a lot out of this event but don't meet that requirement. Ahh well, I am increasingly in a minority with my views. Anyway rant over...

The event will take place on Monday 25 & Tuesday 26 July 2011 and will be hosted by the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies, at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Call for Papers

Much law, gender and sexuality research deals with issues of equality: arguing for legal and social equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people; interrogating the gendered dimensions of exploitation, violence or crime; and understanding experiences of regulation and subjugation are all major dimensions of research in gender, sexuality and law. But what do we mean when we talk of 'inequality'? The aim of this postgraduate and early career scholars’ conference is to discuss themes and questions such as:

• How do intersections of gender, sexuality, race, religion, disability and class work to confound,
support, challenge, frustrate or reinforce experiences of (in)equality?
• Does the fight for equality mean fighting for ‘inclusion’?
• Is there a relationship between equality in law and social justice in practice?
• How do people experience and/or challenge inequality inside and outside the law?
• Do legal spaces accommodate people’s experiences of difference and equality?
• In the centenary year of International Women’s Day, are “women’s issues” still politically urgent?
• Can academic research that champions equality for some result in silencing the causes of others?

We aim to provide a supportive and friendly environment for early career scholars to present their work, meet fellow researchers and benefit from interdisciplinary exchange. If you would like to present a paper, please send a title and abstract (max. 250 words) to Stacy Douglas ( by Friday 7 January 2011.

Suggestions and submissions are also welcomed for round-table discussions and complete panels. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email.

The workshop will also include practical sessions for postgraduate students and early career academics including:

• Building international collaboration
• Thinking about academic jobs
• Publishing gender, sexuality and law research


A limited amount of funding is available to support scholars from the UK to travel to the workshop. A financial contribution towards travel and accommodation costs will be made to early career scholars (postgraduate research students and academics up to 5 years post-PhD) based in any UK institution and working on law, gender and sexuality. Funding will be offered on the basis of the applicant's financial status, wealth of the home institution, availability of other sources of support, and any other relevant factors. Successful applicants will be expected to present a paper and complete a post-conference report. To apply please send a letter stating your case for support, a copy of your proposed conference abstract along with an up-to-date CV to Donatella Alessandrini ( by Friday, 7 January 2011.

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