Law 693: Feminist Legal Studies Workshop II (Winter 2016)

1 credit

Course description:

Course Outline for 2015-2016

The Feminist Legal Studies Workshop is designed to enable students to work closely with faculty in analyzing and discussing with leading feminist theorists and scholars visiting Queen’s Faculty the topics of the speakers’ papers.

The Feminist Legal Studies Workshop course is offered for one course credit per term. In the fall term of 2015, it is designated as Law 692; in the winter term of 2016 it is designated as Law 693. Students may enroll for one credit in the fall term, or for one credit in the winter term, or for a total of two credits in both terms combined. This course can also be combined with an ISP for students who may wish to carry out in-depth independent supervised work in relation to one or more of the areas discussed in this workshop

Scheduling details:

The workshop speakers will typically be scheduled for the regular visitor slots on Mondays and Fridays, which run from 1 to 2:30 pm, and one or two additional meetings per term will be scheduled around everyone’s class and other commitments. Speaker dates and locations are listed below.

Nature, mode, and content of evaluation of student participation:
Students will attend all the speakers events (4/term or all 7-8), will prepare advance reading for the first session of each term and two advance questions for the rest of the speakers in that term, plus 1-2 pages of briefing notes after each session (60% of course credit), will participate in the discussion at the speakers visit (10% of course credit), and will prepare a short term paper of approximately 10-15 pages on a topic that relates to any one of the speakers events (30% of course credit). To be taught by Profs. Amani and Lahey.

Winter term speakers (Winter 2016):

Monday, January 18, 2016
1pm-2:30pm, Macdonald Hall Room 202

Kuukuwa Andam, Lawyer, Ghana, and PhD student, Faculty of Law, Queen's University

Topic: “A Flower without a Fence”: Female Sexual Minority Rights in Ghana



Background Reading

Friday, February 5, 2016
1pm-2:30pm, Macdonald Hall Room 202

Dr. Jane Bailey, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law

Topic: A perfect storm: How the online environment, social norms and law shape girls’ lives



Background Reading

Bailey, J. “A Perfect Storm: How the Online Environment, Social Norms and Law Constrain Girls’ Online Lives”, eGirls, eCitizens, Jane Bailey and Valerie Steeves, eds. (Ottawa: uOttawa Press, 2015).

February 26/27, 2016 - Feminist Legal Studies Queen's Conference: Gender, Wellbeing and the Politics of Imagination: Law, Culture, Compassion

Friday, February 26, 2016
1:30pm-3:30pm, Dupuis Auditorium, Dupuis Hall, 19 Division St.

Keynote Address: Dr. Norah McKendrick
, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University

Topic: The Body Toxic: Gender and the Politics of Environmental Health



Background Reading

Cranor, Carl F. "Do You Want to Bet Your Children's Health on Post-Market Harm Principles? An Argument for a Trespass or Permission Model for Regulating Toxicants"
MacKendrick, Norah "More Work for Mother: Chemical Body Burdens as a Maternal Responsibility"
Scott, Dayna Nadine "'Gender-benders': Sex and Law in the Constitution of Polluted Bodies"