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  PANEL PROGRAMME (Final version – 15/06/07)

MONDAY 9th JULY: 1:15pm -2:45pm
A1 Re-Thinking Care
Joanne Conaghan, University of Kent – Chair

Susan Boyd, University of British Columbia, Canada
Still Gendered after all this Time? Invocations of Care in Child Custody Law Reform

Davina Cooper, University of Kent, UK
Care‟s Governance and Dramas: Strangers at a Women‟s Bathhouse

Hanne Marlene Dahl, Roskilde University, Denmark
Disciplining Care: New Public Management Light - Recognition or Misrecognition?

B1 Animal Bodies
Jenny Smith, Keele University - Chair

Marie Fox, Keele University, UK
Policing the Human: The Legal Regulation of Trans-Species Hybrids

Melanie Latham, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Performance Art? The Legal and Ethical Limits of Cosmetic Surgery


D1 Housing and Homelessness
Rosemary Hunter, University of Kent - Chair

Helen Carr, University of Kent, UK

Making „real and significant‟ choices- The third way and ‘Alternative Futures v the
National Care Standards Commission’

Sara Steinert Borella, Franklin College, Switzerland
Another Switzerland? : Gabrielle Chambordon‟s LA SUISSE DES AUTRES and
legal frameworks for regulating poverty in post-war Switzerland

Caroline Wiedmer, Franklin College, Switzerland
Spare Change: Intersections of Money, Compassion and the Regulation of the Poor in

E1 (Un)thinking Belonging: Imprints of law on queer flesh and
Reina Lewis, London College of Fashion, UK - Chair

Emily Grabham, University of Kent, UK
Touching the governed body: Belonging and social incisions

Toni Johnson, University of Kent, UK
Reading the Stranger: identity and imagination in a refugee hearing

Sarah Lamble, University of Kent, UK
Unknowable Bodies, Unthinkable Sexualities: Lesbian and Transgender Invisibility in
the Toronto “Pussy Palace” Bathhouse Raid

F1 Legal Struggles and Political Resistance: Same-Sex Marriage in
Canada and the US

This session will consist of a paper presented by the participants, as well as
excerpts from Nancy Nicol’s film The End of Second Class

Nancy Nicol, York University, Canada
Miriam Smith, Trent University, Canada

MONDAY 9th JULY, 3pm-4:30pm

A2 Body Talk
Margrit Shildrick, Queens University, Belfast, UK - Chair

Gillian Calder, University of Victoria, Canada

Embodied Law: Theatre of the Oppressed in the Law School Classroom

Ruby Greene, Keele University, UK
Anywhere Sancho Want me!! - Of Gender, Gyrations and power

Catherine Ju-Yu Cheng, National Taiwan Normal University
Body as Text in Toni Morrison‟s Paradise

B2 Empire, Multiculturalism & Markets
Stewart Motha, University of Kent – Chair

Kate Bedford, University of Kent, UK
Gender, Responsibility and Crisis: The World Bank‟s Family Strengthening in

Davina Bhandar, Trent University, Canada
Tolerance, Duty and Respectability: The Ends of Multiculturalism

Patrizia Longo, Saint Mary‟s College of California, US
The intersectionality of gender, race and class in the formation and maintenance of

Dania Thomas, Keele University, UK
„Organisational Hybrids‟: Native title corporations, gender and the limits of corporate

C2 Theorising Western Responses to Female Genital Cutting
Sally Sheldon, University of Kent - Chair

Michelle Cottier, University of Basel, Switzerland
Child Protection and FGM: Integrating Critical Perspectives into Policy

Daniela Hrzan, Humboldt-University, Germany
Harmful Cultural Practices and Human Rights: Rethinking Conceptualizations of
Choice, Agency and Autonomy

D2 Constitutional and European Human Rights
Ruth Fletcher, Keele University – Chair

Marjolein van Den Brink, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
What makes a victim? Gender and victims in the case-law of the European Court of
Human Rights

Dorota Anna Gozdecka, University of Helsinki, Finland
Religious values against female reproductive rights and sexual minorities in Poland

Tanya Ni Mhuirthile, University College Cork, Ireland
Accommodating Intersexuals within the Irish Constitution

Katherine Side, Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada
The Island of Ireland, Abortion and the European Court of Human Rights: Road
Forward or End of Road?

E2 Beyond the Nordic and Anglo-American Traditions: The Case of
Finnish Queer Legal Studies
Natalia Gerodetti, Leeds University, UK - Chair

Juulia Jyränki, University of Helsinki, Finland
Queering Finish Feminist Legal Studies?

Anna Moring, University of Helsinki, Finland
Finland: The Nordic Queer Paradise? –Differences in legislation on fertility
treatments in the Nordic countries

Antu Sorainen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Queer Decency: Internet pornography, paedophilia and moral panic

F2 Institutional Practices
Rosie Harding, Keele University, UK - Chair

Clare Beckett, University of Bradford, UK
Gender, Sexuality and Supervision: Shifting the focus of control in „offender

Todd Brower, University of California, US
Multistable Figures: Sexual Orientation Visibility and Its Effects on the Experiences
of Sexual Minorities in Courts

Christine Cocker and Helen Cosis Brown, Middlesex University, UK
Lesbian and Gay Fostering and Adoption: Out of the closet and into the mainstream?


TUESDAY 10th JULY, 9am-10.30am

A3 Theoretical and Strategic Possibilities
Brenna Bhandar, Reading/Kent Universities, UK – Chair

Elisabetta Bertolino, Birkbeck College, UK
Voicing the political

Maria Drakopoulou, University of Kent, UK
Feminism, Governance and the Politics of Legal Equality

Mosope Fagbongbe, University of British Columbia, Canada
Decoding the “Grand” Narrative: Towards an African Feminist Legal Theory

B3 The Discrimination Law Review Consultation: Shaping the
In June 2007 the UK government published its first ever overall review of British
equality legislation, launching a consultation on a proposal to replace the existing
patchwork framework with a Single Equality Bill. The deadline for responding
to the consultation is 4 September. The object of this session is to present a brief
account of the Consultation Paper and the background to it and to invite views on the
proposals which can then inform CentreLGS‟s response to the consultation process. A
short briefing paper will be circulated at the Conference. In addition, participants can
read the full Report and a summary thereof at or through the Women and
Equality website at

Facilitated by Joanne Conaghan and Emily Grabham, CentreLGS

C3 Representing Motherhood
Julie McCandless, Keele University, UK – Chair

Emma Cunliffe, University of British Columbia, Canada
Who knows? Judging motherhood in a murder trial

Ofra Koffman, Goldsmiths College, UK
From „Unmarried (M)others‟ to „Teenage Pregnancy‟

Lizzie Seal, University of Bristol, UK
Legal and medical constructions of “abnormality” in mid twentieth-century cases of
women accused of murder

D3 Roundtable: Bridging Methods
This roundtable explores innovative methodological approaches that seek to
transcend or rethink some of the divisions within conventional social science and
humanities scholarship. It looks at new approaches which can be applied across
different disciplines as well as innovations that come from their combining.
Alongside addressing the limitations within legal study of a methodologically
narrow approach, it also explores the challenges that arise from more syncretic
and pluralistic approaches.

Davina Cooper, University of Kent- Chair

Leslie Moran, Birkbeck College, UK
Researching sexual diversity in the judicial: reflections on the interface between the
social sciences and humanities

With short presentations by:
Lisa Adkins, Goldsmiths College, UK
Rosemary Henessey, Rice University, US
Carol Smart, Manchester University, UK

E3 BDSM: Politics & Performance
Nicola Barker, Keele University - Chair

Rosie Garland, Queer performer
Performing The Female and Performing It All Wrong- Breaking taboos and breaking
the law

(Paper followed by a performance)

Surya Munro, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Practices of Power: Governmentality and the UK SM Scene

F3 Narratives and (Auto) Biographies
Gillian Calder, University of Victoria, Canada – Chair

Rosemary Auchmuty, University of Westminster, UK
Whatever happened to Miss Bebb?

Francine Bradshaw, University of Bristol, UK

Women not worthy of academic research

Debasish Chattopadhyay, Raja Peary Mohan College, India
Art and Ideology in Mahasweta Devi‟s Narratives

Jillian Clare, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Boxing it up: Women‟s History Shoebox Collection. Celebrating Queensland‟s
Suffrage Centenary

TUESDAY 10th JULY, 11am-12.30pm

A4 Roundtable: Interrogating Christianity
This session aims to shift the direction of focus – from women’s bodies, cultural
sensitivities, and minority practices – to explore the power and character of
Christianity in western political and legal practice. Participants will offer brief
comments on such themes as political monotheism, the myth of secularism, love
and the stranger, sex and HIV education, and the relationship between
‘Englishness’ and Protestantism and then the session will open up to a wider

Davina Cooper, University of Kent, UK- Chair

Brenna Bhandar, University of Reading/Kent, UK
Didi Herman, University of Kent
Reina Lewis, London College of Fashion, UK
Daniel Monk, Birkbeck College, UK
Stewart Motha, University of Kent, UK

B4 Feminist Methodologies in International Law
Zoe Pearson, Keele University, UK - Chair

Doris Buss, Carleton University, Canada
Wartime Rape and the Making of International Legal Order

Rikki Holtmaat, University of Leiden, The Netherlands
Prevention of violence against women: the role of international law in combating
gender stereotypes

Sari Kouvo, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Taking Women Seriously? Feminist Perspectives on International Law in an Era of
Terror and Anxiety

Jane Krishnadas, Keele University, UK
Grounding international women's rights discourse in local narratives

C4 Representing ‘Offenders’
Oliver Phillips, Westminster University, UK – Chair

Adrian Amer, 9 Bedford Row Chambers, UK
Representing Gay/Lesbian Clients in a Crown Court criminal trial

Wendy Larcombe, University of Melbourne, Australia
Sentencing sex offenders

Mercy Nyawanza, Coventry University, UK
Reporting gendered violence: women‟s criminality and the British press

D4 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Fatherhood
Richard Collier, University of Newcastle, UK – Chair

Kerry Lee, City University, UK
It‟s no longer about stepping in, it‟s about stepping aside. The moral obligation of
contemporary step-fatherhood

Julie McCandless, Keele University, UK
„Blood from a Stone‟: The Story of Diane and Steve: Considerations of Motherhood,
Fatherhood and Masculinity, and the Sexual Family in Ex p. Blood

Melanie Shearn, University of Leeds, UK
„Well it depends…‟ Fathers Making Decisions about Childcare

E4 Problematic Categorisations
Please note this session will end at 12:45

Sarah Lamble, University of Kent, UK – Chair

Heather Brook, Flinders University, Australia
When Good Weddings Go Bad: Validity and Nullity in Marriage

Patricia Elliot, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Desiring Gender Variance: Beyond the Queering of Transexuality

Ayca Kurtoglu, Bilkent University, Turkey
Blue, Pink and the Possibilities for Purple

Andrew Sharpe, Keele University, UK
Endless Sex: The Gender Recognition Act 2004 and the Persistence of a Legal

Matthew Waites, University of Glasgow, UK
Equality and Human Rights, Gender and Sexual Orientation

F4 Analysing media and psychiatric discourse
Leslie Moran, Birkbeck College – Chair

Abigail Amos, University of Brighton, UK
Psychiatric Interventions: The Order and Disorder of Gender Identity

Neil Cobb, Durham University, UK
“Gay couple‟s hotel break like Fawlty Towers”. Media representations of sexual
orientation discrimination and the 2003 Regulations

Gillian Harkins, University of Washington, US
Incest Unbound: Neoliberalism and the Memory Wars

Elizabeth Peel, Aston University, UK
„Seismic Culture Change?‟: Heteronormativity in media representation of civil

TUESDAY 10th JULY, 2pm-3.30pm

A5 Gender and Power
Helen Carr, University of Kent – Chair

Margot Edwards, Massey University, New Zealand
We want the best man for the job: An exploration of gendered leadership in women‟s
field hockey

Sarah Fischer, American University, USA
Is there an Islamist Glass Ceiling? : Women and the Veil in Turkey

Rosemary Hunter, University of Kent, UK
Feminist Performances of Power

Kevin Maillard, Syracuse University, USA
The Vanderbilt Wedding: Gender, Power, and Marriage in the Gilded Age

B5 Educating for ‘Health’
Daniel Monk, Birkbeck College, UK – Chair

Anna Bredström, ISV (Inst. of Social & Welfare Studies), Sweden
„The Venereal Map of the World‟: „Race‟, Gender and Sexuality in Swedish Safer
Sex Information for Tourists Travelling Abroad

Gudrun M Loehrer, University of East London, UK
“Get Anopheles Anni!” – Sexualities, Diseases and ‟Criminals‟ in World War II
Public Health Films

Anne Rudolph, Lancaster University, UK
(Dis)embodied safer sex education and the regulation of les/bi/an bodies

C5 Organizing and Regulating Sex Work
Antu Sorainen, University of Hesinki - Chair

Anna Carline, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Tolerating Sex Work? Constructing images of the female sex worker

Maria Perez-y-Perez, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Tips, Tales and Camaraderie: „Down time‟ in a massage parlour and the social
organisation of sex work

D5 Fathers in Law
Susan Boyd, University of British Columbia, Canada - Chair

Richard Collier, University of Newcastle, UK
Fathers‟ Rights, Law and Law Reform

Vivienne Elizabeth, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Pulling on „our‟ heart-strings: The gendered construction of parents in high profile
custody disputes in New Zealand

Fiona Raitt, University of Dundee, UK

Resisting discourses of “alienation” and the “implacably hostile” mother

Sally Sheldon, Kent University, UK
Regulating Unmarried Fatherhood

E5 Discourses & Activism around gender and sexuality in India
Mario D’Penha, Nigah Archives Project, India – Chair

Ponni Arasu, Alternative Law Forum, India
and Priya Thangarajah, National Law School of India University
Queer women and the Law in India

Sumit Baudh, The South and Southeast Asia Resource Centre on Sexuality, India
Queer and Dalit Ideologies in India

Mario D’Penha, Nigah Archives Project, India
The Transformation of Eunuchs‟ Lives & Livelihoods in 19th Century Northern India

Mayur Suresh, Alternative Law Forum, India
Desiring the Body: Sodomy Law and the Limits of Subjectivation

F5 Bodies, Biopower and Sexuality

Emma Cunliffe, University of British Columbia, Canada - Chair

Chunyan Ding, University of Hong Kong
Defence for the Right to Sexuality of Abandoned Girls with Mental Illness in China

Natalia Gerodetti, University of Leeds, UK
“Biopolitics”, Eugenics and the Use of History

Margrit Shildrick, Queen‟s University, Belfast, UK
Prosthetic Performativity: Overcoming the Governance of the Disabled Body


WEDNESDAY 11th JULY, 10am-11.30am

A6 Gender and the State
Kate Bedford, University of Kent, UK – Chair

Linhsuan Huang, Yokohama National University, Japan
The Institutionalization of Women‟s/Gender Studies Education in Taiwan: An
Analysis Based on the Theory of Post-colonialism

Anupma Kaushik, Banasthali Vidyapith University, India
Women in Local Self Government in India: A Case Study of Chittogarh District

Smita Verma, Thoburn College, India
Gender and Sexuality: Understanding Intersections of Caste and Religious Conflicts
in India

Michifumi Yokoyama, Yokohama National University, Japan
Women and Nature: Discussion Inspired by The Lake Biwa Soap Movement in Japan

B6 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Rosemary Auchmuty, University of Westminster - Chair

Andre P.Grace & Kristopher Wells, University of Alberta, Canada
The Resiliency and Determination of Gay and Bisexual Male Students and the Quest
for Place in Canadian High Schools

Maria Zubair, University of Reading, UK
University Education, Family Influence and Identity: Gender Differences in Identity
Negotiation among British Pakistani Muslim University Students

Shirin Zubair, Baha-ud-Din Zakariya University, Pakistan
Nothing Really Happened: Gender and the Discourses of Sexual Harassment in

C6 Theorising Violence: 1
Helen Baker, University of Liverpool, UK – Chair

Yoke-Lian Lee, Keele University, UK
Feminisms and the Promise of Domestic Violence Legal Reforms: Possibilities and

Elena Marchetti, Griffith University, Australia
The use of indigenous sentencing in family violence matters

Zoe Rathus, Griffith University, Australia

Shifting the Gaze in Family Law: The dangers for women and children of the
increasing emphasis on the future

D6 Comparative Gender Discrimination 1
Marie Fox, Keele University – Chair

Rhoda Ige, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Nigerian Laws and Gender Disparity

Katarzyna Nagórny, The General Jerzy Zietek Silesian School of Management,
Gender in Polish policy

Iyabode Ogunniran, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Sexual Violence and the quest for gender justice: an African perspective

E6 Comparative Lesbian and Gay Marriage: 1
Miriam Smith, Trent University, Canada – Chair

Elsje Bothuys, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Gender and Race in the South African Civil Union Bill of 2006

Tina Botts, Hendrix College, US
Separate But Equal Revisited: The Case of Same Sex Marriage

Priya Kandaswamy, Portland State University, US
Enforcing Family Values: State Austerity and the Racial Politics of Gay Marriage

F6 Queer Texts
Emily Grabham, University of Kent, UK – Chair

Chih-hui Fang, Asia University, Taiwan
Qiou Miao-Jin‟s Lesbian Subjectivity: The Journal of Crocodile, Dying Testament in
Montmartre and Plato‟s Hair

Marc Lafrance, Concordia University, Canada
Deregulating Sex Change Narratives? A Critical Reading of Two Female-to-Male
Transsexual Autobiographies

Giovanni Porfido, Durham University, UK

Queer In/visibility, Multivisualism and Visual Justice

WEDNESDAY 11th JULY, 12pm-1.30pm
A7 Legal History Roundtable
This roundtable will explore the possibilities that historical inquiry holds for
feminist legal scholarship. More specifically it will address such questions as:
Why history? What counts as feminist legal history? How should we ‘do’

Maria Drakopoulou, University of Kent, UK - Chair

Rosemary Auchmuty, University of Westminster, UK
Helen Carr, University of Kent, UK

B7 Judicial Readings of Race and Religion
Davina Bhandar, Trent University, Canada – Chair

Lieve Gies, Keele University, UK
What Not to Wear: Islamic Dress, School Uniforms and the Veiling Debate

Anastasia Vakulenko, University of Dundee, UK
Deflating religion: Islamic dress in human rights jurisprudence

Didi Herman, University of Kent, UK
“I do not attach great significance to it”: Taking Note of the Holocaust in English
Case Law

Suhraiya Jivraj, University of Kent, UK
Interrogating judicial constructions of children‟s “cultural” identities and belonging in
English adoption cases

C7 Theorising Violence: 2
Yoke-Lian Lee, Keele University, UK – Chair

Helen Baker, University of Liverpool, UK
The materiality of shame in the lives of women who experience domestic violence

Rebecca Barnes, University of Nottingham, UK
When rape is not rape? : A socio-legal analysis of woman-to-woman rape

Catherine Donovan, University of Sunderland, UK
Seeking Help from the Enemy: Help seeking Strategies of those in Same Sex
Relationships who have Experienced Domestic Abuse

D7 Comparative Gender Discrimination 2
Rhoda Ige, University of Lagos, Nigeria – Chair

Raghav Awasthi, Nalsar University of Law, India
Law and Maintenance in India and the question of Religious Personal Laws

Kate Gleeson, Macquarie University, Australia
It‟s (only) your choice: When the foetus captured our abortion laws

Ufuoma Lamikanra, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Maternity Rights under Nigerian labour law

E7 Comparative Lesbian and Gay Marriage: 2
Nicola Barker, Keele University, UK - Chair

Bronwen Jackman, University of New England, Australia
The Civil Unions Act 2006 (ACT): The More Things Change the More They Stay the

Dara Purvis, Yale University, US
Marriage, Citizenship, and Acceptance: The Feminism of Same-Sex Marriage in

Rosie Harding, Keele University, UK
Recognition, Regulation and Resistance: Lesbians‟ and gay men‟s attitudes to the
introduction of civil partnership

F7 Negotiating Intimacies
Heather Brook, Flinders University, Australia – Chair

Akachi Odoemene, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Interrogating the Nexus of Sexuality and Survival: Reflections on the Socio-Cultural
Contexts of Mbomchi

Li Hui Peng, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Stigma and the implications of female extramarital affairs in Taiwan