CfP: Intersectionality in Law, Policy, and Society

for an international and interdisciplinary workshop for Postgraduate Research Researcher in Belfast.
Professor Sandra Fredman (University of Oxford) has agreed to give a key note speech!

Intersectionality, applied to critical thinking and critical practice, has its roots in black feminism and a tradition in sociological studies. However, only after Professor Kimberle Crenshaw, a socio-legal scholar, coined the term intersectionality, did the concept gain wider recognition in academia as well as for guiding public policy and law. Today, the prevalence of austerity politics, the pushing of limits of law by social media and the many “phobias” entering public discourse, especially incited by notions such as “migrant crisis” invite a revisiting of intersectionality as theoretical and methodological framework for critical observation of the dynamic power relations and categories of inequalities. This is even more so in view of assessing the capacity of the law, as we know it today, to identify and to address intersectional inequalities. To this end, we call on PhD researchers working with intersectionality to submit their papers and join us for a one-day workshop at Queen’s University Belfast. We hope to attract papers addressing some of the points listed below from interdisciplinary, and in particular socio-legal perspectives:
• Intersectionality in the European Union and other International Organisations (with a focus on Europe), reflections in case law of courts and Human Rights bodies
• Intersectionality, public spending and economic, social and cultural rights
• Understanding of discrimination grounds and implications for law and legal and policy research
• Law, power relations and social inequalities: austerity, “migrant crisis”, centrifugal forces in the EU
• The relationship between policy, law and participation for the purposes of addressing intersectional inequalities in theory and/or in practice (examples from all parts of the world are welcome)                 • Cumulative/additive vis-à-vis or versus the intersectional inequalities & discrimination
• Methodologies and intersectionality with a focus on socio-legal studies

Submission Deadline for Abstracts: 02 September, 2016 (send to cetls@qub.ac.uk) 

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