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PECANS Workshop 2011
Postgraduate and Early Career Academics Network of Scholars


An interdisciplinary postgraduate & early career scholars conference in the broad area of law, gender and sexuality

April 8th, 2011, Westminster University, London, UK


Legal and legislative change does not occur in a vacuum. This one-day postgraduate and early careers scholars’ conference seeks to explore contexts under which legal change relating to sexuality and gender occurs. It also seeks to address means by which issues of sexuality, law, bodies, and power interact, react against or mutually reinforce each other in the context of legal and activist discourse and how this process can impact upon wider social structures. As such we seek to discuss questions such as:

· In which contexts can legal discourse be successfully harnessed to achieve transformational change?
· How have legal changes worked to bring marginalised groups into mainstream life and what impact has this had on these previously excluded individuals?
· In what ways do legal interventions and rights based activism engender change?
· How does law work to normalise understandings of sexuality, gender or identity?
· What influence (both positive and negative) can activism have on legal discourse surrounding sexuality and gender?
· In what ways do understandings of law, sexuality or gender interact, react against or reinforce each other and how can these interactions be addressed, theorised or utilised by activists?
· How do different contextual and material situations impact upon the way in which legal transformation can be achieved?

The workshop will also include practical sessions for postgraduate and early career academics.

We aim to provide a supportive and friendly environment for postgraduates and 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 (150-250 words) to Kay Lalor (lalork@wmin.ac.uk) by Friday 4th February 2010.

Please feel free to forward the call for papers to other institutions or persons interested in these topics.

If you require any more information, please do not hesitate to contact:
lalork@wmin.ac.uk; m.travis@ilpj.keele.ac.uk; A.Sanchez-Garcia@kent.ac.uk