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Feminists at law: revisiting identity symposium

Feminists at Law: Revisiting Identity Symposium
Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney; 2-3 November 2017
 
Feminists at Law: Revisiting Identity is a two-day symposium hosted by the Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney. The symposium follows two previous events at the University of Melbourne Law School (2016) and ANU College of Law (2015). 
 
In 2017, the theme of ‘Revisiting Identity’ has been chosen to provide an opportunity to engage with a range of contemporary feminist intersections with law, legal theory and activism. The theme of identity has been central to feminist theory and has been repeatedly challenged, fractured and reiterated through material, representational and political frameworks based on categories of class, race, sexuality, gender and disability. What place, then, if any, should “identity” have in feminist approaches to the law in 2017? Can “identity” still be used as a legitimate critical and strategic category?
 
We invite paper proposals that address any aspect of feminist engagements, re-engagements and disengagements with identity within the broad field of law, legal theory and practice. Possible themes include: 
  •  challenges to the category of "woman" in law brought about through queer, transgender, non-binary and other gender identities;
  •  feminist alliances with other identity-based and anti-oppression movements, including anti-colonialism and Indigenous sovereignty;
  •  the possibilities, limits and tensions of feminist interventions in and through health, health law and health practices;
  •  the place/s of identity in enacting and contesting carceral and coercive state practices; and
  •  the ethics of representation and the right to represent violence, racism and historical scenes.
 
This is a rare opportunity for feminists working in and with law from a range of contexts - including scholars, practitioners and activists - to come together to present and discuss their work. We invite papers from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarly perspectives, as well as those that engage with legal policy, law reform and legal practice. We are interested in new ideas, new scholarship, new experiences, and encourage papers that deploy a range of styles and genres.  
As with the previous events, the symposium will adopt a collaborative and egalitarian format. There will be opportunity for up to 25 participants to present papers and for a further 25 to participate in the conversations. There is no registration cost. However, participants will need to cover their own transport and accommodation costs. Catering will be provided during the days.
 
If you would like to give a paper at the symposium, we invite you to submit a 300-word abstract that addresses the broad themes of the symposium by 31 August 2017 to revisiting.identity@uts.edu.au. Successful participants will be notified by 30 September 2017. Paper presenters will be expected to read and engage closely with the other papers in their session. We welcome abstracts from early career researchers and doctoral candidates. There will be an opportunity for papers to be submitted for publication in a future issue of Feminists @ Law an open access online journal.
 

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