RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2020


Feminist geographies of legal pluralism, activism and everyday justice

Research Group Affiliation(s)
Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group
Feminist legal theorists have long warned against the “resort to law”, or the idea that legal equality could fundamentally transform gender power dynamics. Carol Smart explains: “Law is not a free-floating entity, it is grounded in patriarchy” (Smart 1989: 88). The emerging field of feminist geolegality has developed this critique in a geographical context, pointing to the “intimate and everyday manifestations and contestations” of law’s power (Brickell and Cuomo 2019: 107) whilst also calling for greater understanding of legal pluralism within legal geographies. These spaces of contestation and plurality are the focus of this panel: we seek to advance feminist geolegality debates by exploring feminist resistance to law and feminist efforts to create spaces of alternative justice. In order to see these practices, we must look for: the extra-legal, non-state, and vernacular practices that shape the law and access to it; the co-existence of multiple legal orders that are contested and/or navigated by women and activists; the grassroots production of alternative spaces of justice that reject/supplement prevailing legal frameworks.
Papers in this session might engage with questions including (but not limited to):
• How are alternative spaces of justice made through territory?
• How do feminists navigate multiple co-existing legal orders in pursuit of their aims?
• What is the role of digital technology in demanding or enabling alternative spaces of justice?
• How transformative are extra-legal, non-state and/or vernacular practices?
• What methodological interventions can answer these questions, what are the challenges?
Instructions for Authors
We welcome submissions from people at all career stages. Please send and abstract (of approx. 250 words) and expressions of interest to Sydney Calkin (s.calkin@qmul.ac.uk) and Philippa Williams (p.williams@qmul.ac.uk) by 31 January 2020.
Call For Papers Deadline
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