May 24

University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

Morning Session (open to the public)

Venue: Eliot Lecture Theatre 2, Eliot College, University of Kent

9:30 – 10:00 – Registration and refreshments

10:00 – 12:00 – Plenary Session

Prof. Rosemary Hunter (Queen Mary)
Prof. Joanne Conaghan (University of Bristol)
Prof. Mandy Merck (Royal Holloway)

Afternoon Session (registered participants)

12:00 – 13:00 – Lunch (Centre for Critial International Law)


Venue: Eliot Kennedy, Eliot College, University of Kent

13:00 – 14:30 – Session 1 – Discussant: Dr. Kate Bedford

Identifying Boundaries without Bounding Identities: Towards a Queer Grounded Theory by McLane Heckman, Humboldt University of Berlin

The Role of Visual Methods in the Study of Illicit Sex: Empirical Reflections by Katherine Parker, Northumbria University

Feminist socio-legal research on prostitution: challenges and contributions by Ivana Radacic, Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences Zagreb

14:30 – 14:4 – Break

14:45 – 16:15 – Session 2 – Discussant: Prof. Helen Carr

Islamic Feminism and Secular Approaches to Sharia Law by Mona Almaeen, University of Kent

Vulnerability and Migration in the Interpretation of Human Rights Courts by Carolina Furusho, University of Kent

Manifestations of power in mental capacity law’s response to the abuse of mentally disabled women by Jaime Lindsay, University of Birmingham

16:15 – 16:30 – Break

16:30 – 18:00 – Session 3 – Discussant: Prof. Rosemary Hunter

Chinese Rural Women’s Reproductive Agency under Coercion: A Relational Feminist Approach by Biye Gao, SOAS, University of London

Policy Discourses on Child Sexual Exploitation in England –A Critical Discourse Analysis informed by Foucauldian Feminist Theory by Aravinda Kosaraju, University of Kent

Fragments of a Sanctioned Nation: Iran and the politics of empathy by Sarah Tafakori, University of Manchester


To register for the afternoon session:

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Eliot Lecture Theatre 2
Eliot Kennedy


Plenary Speakers

Prof. Joanne Conaghan (Bristol Law School)
Prof. Rosemary Hunter (Queen Mary, School of Law)
Prof. Mandy Merck (Royal Holloway, Media Arts)


Participants can aim to read through this reading list:

  1. Firestone, S The Dialectic of Sex (originally 1970, Verso, 2015)
  2. Merck, M & Sandford, S (eds), Further Adventures of The Dialectic of Sex:  Critical Essays on Shulamith Firestone (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)
  3. Hunter, McGlynn and Rackley (eds) (2010) Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice Hart Publishing
  4. Conaghan, J (2013). Law and Gender (Chapters 2 & 6). Oxford University Press.

Call for Abstracts – Closed

Date: 24 May 2016
Location: University of Kent

(Note: deadline to submit abstracts has been extended until 21 March 2016)

We welcome doctoral and early career researchers engaged in feminist critical/empirical work to this unique event titled Using Feminist Approaches: A Socio-Legal Research Roundtable taking place at the University of Kent on 24 May 2016.

The aim of this Roundtable is to encourage in-depth and constructive dialogue on feminist approaches, theories and methods in interdisciplinary socio-legal research.
The Roundtable will consist of an intensive one-day workshop organised in two sessions.

  • The morning session will be in the form of a ‘masterclass’ on particular feminist methodological and theoretical approaches delivered by leading academics from varied disciplines including Law, Arts, Humanities, and Sociology.
  • The afternoon session will consist of panel discussions where participants will present their work in the form of papers or other formats such as video clips, pieces of art, etc. Presenters will have the opportunity to receive comments from academics who will act as discussants.

Drawing on a broad understanding of law as a field of study, we are committed to seeking out and including participants who are based in the social sciences and humanities as well as law. We welcome research that fits in the following streams:

· Feminism and the Humanities
· Feminist empirical methods
· Feminist critiques of liberalism
· Feminist politics and activism as methodology

Abstract submissions should be between 250-300 words. All submissions should be accompanied with the following details: name of applicant, name of institution and contact details. Submissions should be sent to no later than Monday, 21 March 2016. All submissions will be reviewed and successful applicants will be notified shortly. The deadline for the submission of completed papers will be end of April 2016.

Participants will be encouraged to submit their work to feminists@law, an open access, peer-reviewed journal hosted by the University of Kent

This is a co-sponsored event supported by the University of Kent, the South East DTC, the ESRC, the Social Critiques of Law (SoCriL) research group and feminists@law. A small number of bursaries will be allocated to help participants cover their travel costs. We especially encourage ESRC-funded PGRs to participate.

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