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Feminist Legal Studies

Feminist Legal Studies Queen's

Conference - February 28 - March 1, 2014

Arctic/Northern Women: Situating Law and Justice in Development and Equality

Queen’s University
138 Union Street (Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202)
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

*Click here to download the schedule in PDF format.*

This conference is open to anyone interested in equality and women’s issues, including students, faculty, members of community organizations, workers, policy analysts, managers and administrators, government employees, and professionals.

Please register in advance with Melissa Howlett at melissa.howlett@queensu.ca. There are no registration fees for students, those on low incomes, or voluntary workers; those who can afford to contribute toward the food expenses of this conference are asked to pay what they can registration fee upon arrival (minimum $10). Information on conference hotel rates can be obtained from Ms. Howlett.

Purpose of this conference:

This interdisciplinary conference brings together Indigenous, northern, and Arctic researchers and experts from Canada, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Norway, and the US in a two-day examination of how law, justice, development, and equality are shaping contemporary Arctic/northern politics.

Speakers will address Canada’s role as Chair of the Arctic Council (2013-2015), constitutional and treaty equality and Aboriginal issues, and the many social, economic, environmental, and health issues facing indigenous, northern, racialized, and immigrant women affected by new Arctic realities. This conference is designed to accelerate access to interdisciplinary and intersectional legal and policy research concerning Arctic/northern women, people affected by changes occurring in and as the result of policies in circumpolar states, and proposals for legal, governance, and policy reforms. (See the attached list for invited speakers.)

This conference is also convened in celebration of the life and work of Dr. Patricia A. Monture, Queen’s Law 1988, Hon. LL.D. (Athabaska and Queen’s), an inspirational Haudenosaunee woman who graced the Queen’s and Kingston communities with her tireless teachings as she confronted the realities of racism, colonialism, and Aboriginal existences. For information on Dr. Monture’s scholarship and activism, see Malinda Smith, ‘Thunder in her soul,’ at http://www.idees-ideas.ca/blog/thunder-her-soul-remembering-patricia-monturex.

This conference is being presented in collaboration with Queen’s University Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, the Faculty of Law, and the Department of Gender Studies, and with co-sponsorship by the Tromso-Umea-Arkhangelsk-Queen’s Network on Gender and Law in the Arctic Region (TUAQ Network).

Contact Bita Amani (amanib@queensu.ca) or Kathleen Lahey (kal2@queensu.ca) with any questions.

The draft program and biography of speakers will be posted shortly. We encourage you to check back as the conference date approaches for advanced access to any related materials and information and notice of any announcements relating to the program.

For further information please contact:

Prof. Kathleen Lahey
Co-Director
Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s
Faculty of Law, Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario
kal2@queensu.ca
 
Prof. Bita Amani
Co-Director
Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s
Faculty of Law, Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario
amanib@queensu.ca

Janice Hill
Director
Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario
janice.hill@queensu.ca

Vanessa McCourt
Aboriginal Advisor
Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario
mccourtv@queensu.ca

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000