FLSQ Conference 2019 Call for Papers

Gender, Intersectionalities, and Sustainable Development:
Food Security, Economic Equality, and Women's Empowerment

March 8-9, 2019,
Feminist Legal Studies, Queen’s University, and Faculty of Law


This conference continues the Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s annual tradition of hosting a major event for International Women’s Day on March 8, 2019, and has chosen a theme that honours the UN’s theme for IWD 2019 -- ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.’

The aim of this conference is to focus on three policy issues that lie at the heart of the sustainability of the earth’s biosphere and thus of human lives as they should be – equal access for all to life-nourishing food; human development that preserves and protects the sustainability of the biosphere; and equality and empowerment of women.

We are delighted to present as the conference keynote speaker this year Professor Angela Harris, the Queen’s University 2018-2019 Principal’s Development Fund Visiting Scholar (https://poverty.ucdavis.edu/profile/angela-p-harris). Professor Harris will open the conference on March 8 with her keynote lecture ‘The Color of Farming: Food and the Reproduction of Race.’

In preparation for this conference, FLSQ is calling for papers on political, societal, cultural, and structural factors that promote gender and intersectional equality and empowerment, ensure food security for all, and secure biosphere sustainability. We invite submissions that engage with ideas of relationship and community in addressing identity politics, normative values, and hierarchies of social and governance power in order to foster fresh conceptions of development capable of innovating human and biosphere sustainability. We encourage submissions that address any and all of the Sustainable Development Goals, which, with detailed targets and evidence-based indicators, form a coherent mesh of actions and metrics that can guide human action to biosphere sustainability. (For SDGs, targets, and indicators, see https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/indicators/Global%20Indicator%20Framework%20...).

We are particularly interested in gender and diversity issues that elaborate on the SDG goals of ending hunger and poverty, gender, intersectional, and transnational economic inequalities, climate degradation, and the inadequacies of governance and revenue systems. Papers addressing how educational systems, regulatory governance, public policies, political economies, and budgetary and fiscal regimes can be transformed to counter exploitative conditions based on gender, race, Indigenous heritage, poverty, political, and economic inequalities, or that propose innovative changes that begin with the goals of substantive equality between and among all states and peoples in sustainable community with nonhuman life forms, will be particularly welcome.

Possible topics include national/international legal responsibilities for ending poverty, hunger, economic inequalities, colonial legacies; securing the basic necessities of life for all; biosustainable and equal resource, environmental, and innovation management; ethical corporate and wealth governance; and legal and political understandings of what empowerment factually entails. Examining specific issues through gender, racialization, Indigenous, poverty, and ability perspectives consistent with the United Nations’ Convention on the Eradication of Discrimination against Women, Declaration on Race and Racial Prejudice, and Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to redress all these forms of discrimination and inequalities is encouraged.

Date and Location:

The conference will be held in the Robert Sutherland Hall, the Policy Studies building, on the ground floor (room 202), located at 138 Union St., Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2019.

Submitting proposals for presentations or papers:

If you are interested making an individual presentation, organizing a panel, or submitting a written paper, please email a one paragraph outline to Kathleen Lahey (at kal2@queensu.ca) and Bita Amani (amanib@queensu.ca) by Feb. 1, 2019. Acceptances will be issued on a rolling basis beginning Jan. 15, 2018.

Travel funding:

When submitting a proposal, please indicate whether you would be able to obtain organizational or institutional support to attend, or whether you could attend only if you receive funding from Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s. If you require funding, please provide cost estimates.


Attendance for the purpose of participating in open group discussions throughout this event is welcome, because the goal of this event is to discuss a wide variety of equality and justice issues and formulate as many creative ideas for research, equality analysis, and advocacy as possible. Contact the organizers to indicate interest and obtain registration information. Some funding is available to assist students to attend. Formal registration will open on January 15, 2019.


We have secured a block of rooms at a group rate for the nights of March 7, 8, 9, and 10 at the Four Points Sheraton. Please visit Book your group rate for FLSQ Conference (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser) https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/ reservation-link.mi?id=1547133344872&key=GRP&app=resvlink.This link and group rate will only be open until February 21, 2019 – but do contact Megan Hamilton for assistance with making bookings between Feb. 21 and the conferences dates.


Anyone wanting childcare should contact the organizers to facilitate assistance with arrangements.


The venue is fully accessible; please contact the coordinators with any questions.

For further information please contact:

Prof. Kathleen Lahey Co-Director
Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s
Faculty of Law, Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario Kingston, Ontario

Prof. Bita Amani
Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s
Faculty of Law, Queen’s University

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