Gender and "The Law":
Limits, Contestations and Beyond
4-6 June 2014, Izmir, Turkey
Call for Papers
Abstract Submission Deadline: 7 December 2013
This interdisciplinary conference will explore the discursive, historical, political, social limits of legal systems, including state laws, policies, institutionalised un-written based customs, traditions and their operation about gender-related as well as gender-specific issues. Legal systems often structure, impacts, controls, constructs or deconstructs, intervenes and acts against certain relations whether between or intra states. Legal norms established to protect or promote gender equality may have unintended consequences and legal norms that seem irrelevant to gender may nonetheless significantly impact gender issues and various forms of gender-related violence.
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.
The conference will explore the following themes:
The decision process for the contributions will include two steps: in the first instance abstracts (up to 350 words) will be reviewed by the conference committee and those invited for the second step will be asked to submit a full proceedings paper (up to 4000 words). All papers invited for the final programme will be published in the conference proceedings and will also be considered for a potential edited book that will be compiled by the organisers after the meeting. Formal meetings will be followed with a social programme and relevant site visits organised by the host institutions. www.socialstudies.org.uk
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