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Gender, Sexuality and Law

Call for Papers

Abstracts may only be submitted via the Easy Chair system. They must be no longer than 300 words and must include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence.

The deadline for the submissions is Monday 19 January 2015.

This stream seeks to draw together socio-legal scholarship from across the globe, featuring the work of scholars at any career stage from a range of disciplines working in the broad arena of gender, sexuality and law.

Papers from previous years have considered same sex marriage and citizenship, queer theory, gender and legal history, gender, sexuality and parenthood, sex work, domestic violence, homophobic hate crime, sex education, sexual violence, public sex, sexuality and the media, religion and sexuality, comparative perspectives, obscenity law and abortion, but papers pertaining to any area of gender, sexuality and law will be considered.

In previous years the stream has also included film screenings and Q&As with authors who have recently published monographs or edited collections relating to the theme of the stream, and we are keen to continue with this tradition. We are also keen to draw in scholars working outside the discipline of law to the stream to diversify the kinds of perspectives brought to the table, for example sociology, criminology, philosophy, politics, media and cultural studies etc.

We are happy to discuss ideas prior to the formal submission of an abstract or activity proposal. Please contact either Chris Ashford or Alex Dymock 

Session Programme (Papers and rooms are subject to change)

Tuesday: Session 2: Ramphal room 1.13

Session Title: Queering kinship?: the law of intimate relationships


White West Knows Best? Critical Feminist Perspectives on Polygamous Marriage in the English Courts - Zainhab Naqvi

Strategies to achieve Same-Sex Marriage and the Method of Incrementalist Change - Frances Hamilton

Wednesday: Session 3: Ramphal room 1.13

Session Title: Crime

Papers: Sexual Intimacy, Gender History and the Criminal Law - Alexandra Sharpe

Responsible mothers and battered women: Mothers who fail to protect their children and the criminalisation of vulnerability. - Sarah Singh

The Implementation of Feminist Law Reforms: The Case of Post-Provocation Sentencing - Rosemary Hunter and Danielle Tyson

Wednesday: Session 4: Ramphal room 1.13

Session Title: Constructing Gender and the Body

Papers: Bodily Integrity and Legal Personhood - Mitchell Travis

Gender – a space of socio-cultural transformation. Insights from Jamaica and Dominica - Ramona Biholar

The Ideas of Women - Wendy Guns

Wednesday: Session 5: Ramphal room 1.13

Session Title: Gender, Sexuality and Legal History

Papers: Diagnosing perversion: forensic psychiatry on trial - Janet Weston

Judges, nabobs and malign domestics: judicial fact-finding in Woods and Pirie v Cumming Gordon - Caroline Derry

Wednesday: Session 6: Ramphal room 1.13

Session Title: Rights

Papers: Domestic Violence and the European Court of Human Rights: Is a more gender-sensitive interpretation of the ECHR needed? - Ronag McQuigg

Beyond the Gains: The Unfinished Business of Women's Rights in Africa - Rhoda Asikia

The Right of the Girl-child to Education: The Chibok School Girls’ Adduction and the Response of International Law - Amos Enabulele

Thursday: Session 7: Ramphal Room 1.04

Session Title: Crime 2

Papers: A Gendered Critique of Group Localised Grooming: Masculinity of Offending v. Femininity of Victimisation - Jamie Lee Mooney

Combating Revenge Pornography in the UK: A Feminist Perspective - Ksenia Bakina

Heteronormativity and the inverted relationship between socio-political and legislative approaches to lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) hate crime - Marian Duggan

Thursday: Session 8: Ramphal Room 1.04

Session Title: Sex, Legitimacy, Governance


Concealment of birth: what are we punishing? - Emma Milne

Same-Sex Male Social Dating and Encounter Networks: Identity Formation and Protection - Chris Ashford and Kevin Brown