FLSQ Conference 2018


Inequalities of Gender, Racialization, and Class

March 2-3, 2018

All conference sessions and the keynote lectures are open to the public and free.

Registration is requested, however, so that the organizers can gauge space and refreshment needs.



Call for Papers/Presentations

This conference continues the FLSQ annual tradition of hosting a major event for International Women’s Day (IWD March 8, 2018) and expands this celebration to honour the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21, 2018). The UN theme for IWD this year is “Press for Progress,” and this theme forms the focus for this conference.

The conference’s aim is, first, to explore this theme in light of socio-political and normative factors that lead to the continuance and reproduction of inequalities, and second, to critique the political ideals of material production of market commodities for their impact on perpetuating gender inequality at the intersection of racial inequality, dis/ability, and poverty.

It is our goal to advance discussions on how personal, political, societal, cultural, structural, and institutional factors shape the production and reproduction of society. We invited critical contemplations of how identity, normative values, hierarchy, and social relations of power are produced structurally and politically and reproduced institutionally and instrumentally and welcomed examinations of diverse specific issues through gender, racialization, poverty, and ability perspectives. In response, we received fabulous proposals and are so very excited to present this year's conference program:

Program Agenda



Inequalities of Gender, Racialization, and Class

Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s and the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University


Friday, March 2, 2018

12:00 Registration and light lunch – Robert Sutherland Hall, Policy Studies,

138 Union St., Kingston, Ont., room 202 (conference room, main floor)

1:00 Conference Opening: Welcome and Introduction to Goals of Conference

Bita Amani, Faculty of Law and Co-Director, Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s, Queen’s University

Kathleen Lahey, Faculty of Law and Co-Director, Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s, Queen’s University

1:10 Welcome and Introduction by the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Bill Flanagan
1:15 Keynote address: The Willis G. Cunningham Lecture in Law and Medicine

Professor Jocelyn Downie, Professor of Law; University Research Professor, Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law and Faculty of Medicine and Member of the Order of Canada

"A Feminist’s Reflections on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada: Past, Present, Future”

2:40 Break
3:00 Panel I Governing Life Cycles of Care: Bodies of Law and Medico-Legal Intextuation of the Body

Chair: Martha Bailey, Queen’s University, Faculty of Law

Ladan Adhami-Dorrani, “Elderly in the Canadian Health Care System: Ageism and the Axes of Inequality”

Patricia Peppin, “Vulnerability and Knowledge: Assessing Whether Changes to Pharmaceutical Law Improve Access to Safe and Effective Treatment”

Danika Winkel, “Growing Pains: Analyzing the Role of Law in the International Commercial Surrogacy Industry”

Angela Cameron and Vanessa Gruben, “Gamete Donor Identity, Biological Essentialism and Donor Registries”

4:30 Break
4:45 Panel II Social Constructions of Meaning: The Legalities of Gender(ed) Expression, Labour, and Identity

Chair: Beverley Baines, Queen’s University Faculty of Law

Anastasia Berwald, “The New Censors: Ineffective Self-Regulation of Online Spaces”

Natalie Léger, “Muted Voices in Pay Equity: Intersectionality and the Balance of Power”

Debra Haak, “Re(de)fining ‘Prostitution’ and ‘Sex Work’: The Role of Identity and Discursive Framing in Constructing Normative Claims about the Role of Criminal Law in the Exchange of Sexual Services for Compensation ”

Cristina Tomaino, “Imagining a Labour Relations Framework of Sex Work Governance in Canada”

6:15 Dinner
7:15 Evening Program:

Panel III Bodies of Resistance: State Protections and the Push for Progress

Chair: Dr. Jenna Sapiano, Associate Fellow, Centre for Global Constitutionalism, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, Queen’s University Faculty of Law Post Doctoral Fellow

Lisa Kelly, “Policing Child Discipline”

Gloria Song and Clare McMullen-Crummey, “State protection from gender-based violence: Refugee claims based on domestic violence for Guyanese women at the Immigration and Refugee Board”

Chen Wang, “Intersectional Exclusion and Multilevel Human RightsProtection: Skilled Immigrant Women in Canada’s Migrant Families”

8:30 Day 1 Adjourns

Saturday, March 3, 2018

8:45-9:25 Registration and light breakfast: Mix and Mingle -- Robert Sutherland Hall, Policy Studies, 138 Union St., Kingston, Ont., room 202 (main floor)
9:25 Welcome and Introduction to Day 2
9:30 Panel IV (Re) Production and Consumption: Food Practices, Politics, and Policies

Chair: Sammie King, Queen’s University, Gender Studies, Department Head; School of Kinesiology and Health Studies

Pierre Cloutier de Repentigny, “Queering Environmental Law: The Application of Queer Ecology to Legal Scholarship”

Tarran Maharaj, “Empowering (dis)coloured female bodies via food pedagogy”

Angela Lee and Heather McLeod-Kilmurray, “The Milkmaid’s Tale: Feminism, Veganism, and Dystopian Food Futures

Jessica Eisen, “Milk, Gender and Violence: Law and Reproductive Force on Canadian Dairy Farms”

Bita Amani, “Toward an Edible Society: Rethinking Innovation and Sustainability in Consuming the (M)other”

11:30 Lunch
12:30 Panel V Inequality, Insecurity, and Intersectional Vulnerabilities in the Push for Progress: Fiscal Realities and the Indivisibility of Human Rights

Chair: Kuukuwa Andam, Queen’s University, Faculty of Law (PhD Candidate)

Elaine Power, “’I would be a lot healthier if I had money for groceries’: Student experiences of food insecurity at Queen’s University”’

Jennifer Vansteenkiste, “Power in the world food economy: gendered dimensions of transformations in Haiti’s food economy”

 Melisa Handl, “Conditional Cash Transfers in Argentina: Depicting & Engendering Socio-Legal Images of Fatherhood”

1:45 Break
2:00 Panel VI Colonial Legacies of Power and Privilege: State Harms in (Re)producing Violence and Vulnerability

Chair: Sue Miklas, Professor Emeritus, Queen’s University, Faculty of Law

Rylan Mccloskey, “How Militaries Resist Female Integration: An Explanation from Historical Institutionalism and Post-colonialism”

Mary Eberts, “Victoria’s Secret: Creating a Population of Prey”

Narin Sdieq, “Ending Violence Against Women in Timor Leste: Strategies and Challenges of UN Women "

Kathleen Lahey, “Gender, Race, Indigenous Peoples, and Tax/Revenue Policies: Poverty, Equality, and Development Issues”

3:40 Break
4:00 Panel VII (Re)producing Normativity: Toward Reflective Feminisms in Expressive Practice and Politics

Chair: Lisa Kelly, Queen’s University Faculty of Law

Brie Berry, “Postfeminism and American Conservative Girlhood: On Tomi Lahren”

Katherine Bischoping and Amber Gazso, “Reflexivity as a Response to Clashes of Ethical Principles in Qualitative Research”

Dana Phillips, “Reproducing Inequality Through Evidence in Strategic Charter Challenges?”

Nancy Coldham, “The Female Political Career |One-Term Syndrome”

5:30 Wrap up/networking plan
5:50 Conference Adjourns

Queen's University sits on the traditional lands of
the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples