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Gender and Regulation - A Global / Local Conversation

13th-14th June @ University of Kent

Discussion Topics: 

  • regulation and normativity 
  • recognition and regulation in/through law 
  • new (trans)national configurations of gender and sexuality 
  • International Financial Institutions as sites for/of gender regulation 
  • the relationship between social movements and regulation 

Confirmed speakers:

Ruth Buchanan is currently an Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, at York University, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Her research interests include globalization, law and social justice; international economic institutions and global civil society; law and development; postcolonial approaches to international law; and law and film.  She previously held appointments at the University of British Columbia and the University of New Brunswick and was a Visiting Research Fellow at Birkbeck College's Faculty of Law in 2003. Some notable publications include Global Civil Society and Cosmopolitan Legality at the WTO: Perpetual Peace or Perpetual Process? (Leiden J. Int. Law, 2003); Law, Nation, and (Imagined) International Communities with Sundhya Pahuja, (2004) 8 Law, Text, Culture 137-166, and Legal Imperialism: Empire’s Invisible Hand? with Sundhya Pahuja, in The Empire’s New Clothes: Reading Hardt and Negri edited by Paul Passavant and Jodi Dean (Routledge, 2003).  
Title: "Is another (legal) World Possible? Transnational Civil Society, Resistance and the Limits of International law"

Irene León is a member of the Board of Directors of Agencia Latinoamericana de Información (ALAI) and director of its Women's Program; former coordinator of the Forum of the Americas for Diversity and Pluralism, preparatory space of NGOs of the region for the World Conference Against Racism, editor of several books on gender issues, globalization, and resistance in Latin America including Retos Feministas en un Mundo Globalizado (Porto Alegre 2002); Mujeres en Resistencia (Quito 2005) and Mujeres Contra el ALCA (Quito nd). She has also published extensively on the World Social Forum, in which she has been actively engaged. We expect that Irene León will stimulate our conversations about  Social movements in terms of feminist resistance and of gendering democratic re-regulation. She also should assist the workshop to grapple with international financial institutions.

Jasbir Puar is an Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Her book, Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (October 2007) examines "how liberal politics incorporate certain queer subjects into the fold of the nation-state, through developments including the legal recognition inherent in the overturning of anti-sodomy laws and the proliferation of more mainstream representation".  The book works with "transnational feminist and queer theory, Foucauldian biopolitics, Deleuzian philosophy, and technoscience criticism" to highlight "troublesome links between terrorism and sexuality".
Title: Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times

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Event Format
Plenary talks, roundtables, and focused small and large group discussion. Participants will write a 1-3 page informal "think piece" on the theme of gender, sexuality, and regulation as it currently informs their work. This will be an opportunity to ask new questions, develop ideas, identify interesting arenas for further research, and put new bodies of literature into conversation. Specific questions will be circulated to guide the think pieces, although participants are free to write on whichever aspect of gender, sexuality and regulation they find most compelling. The think pieces will be anonymous, and we will distribute 8-10 to each participant to read ahead of the event. Organisers will also arrange discussion groups and roundtables based on the think pieces. In order to facilitate this work, we ask that the think pieces be sent to Marco Da Silva (Research Assistant, gov. and reg. stream), at 

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