October 30, 2008 09:18 Age: 5 yrs

Feminism and Legal Theory Project to Host 25th Anniversary Conference

The Feminism and Legal Theory (FLT) Project will host a 25th anniversary conference, “Transcending the Boundaries of Law,” Nov. 6-8, at Emory University School of Law. The three-day, interdisciplinary conference will feature world-renowned scholars who have made a significant impact on feminist theory during the first quarter century of the Project.

The conference schedule and featured speakers are listed below.

The FLT Project began in 1984 by Martha L.A. Fineman at the University of Wisconsin Law School. The initial objective of the Project was to provide a forum for interdisciplinary feminist scholarship addressing important issues in law and society. After relocating with Professor Fineman to both Columbia Law School and Cornell Law School, the FLT Project moved in 2004 to its current home at Emory Law.

Following the conference, Routledge will publish an anthology of the papers titled Transcending the Boundaries of Law. Routledge also published the first anthology on feminist theory, At the Boundaries of Law, which was edited by Professor Fineman.

For more information, or to register for the conference, visit www.law.emory.edu/flt or contact Jan Sellem at jan.sellem(at)emory.edu.

Transcending the Boundaries of Law
November 6-8, 2008
Emory University School of Law


From Women in Law to Feminist Legal Theory, 4:30 - 6:45 p.m.

Mary Jane Mossman, Osgoode Hall, York University
“Le féminisme” and professionalism in law: Reflections on the history of women lawyers.

Margaret Thornton, Australian National University
An inconstant affair: Feminism and the legal academy.

Patricia Williams, Columbia University School of Law
Have pantsuit, will travel.

Commentator: Victoria Nourse, Emory University School of Law

DINNER and RECEPTION in the Hunter Atrium


Engaging Equality, 9:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Lucie E. White, Harvard Law School
Rejecting “retro-feminism”:  Toward a politics of justice.

Mary Anne Case, University of Chicago Law School
No male or female, but all are one.

Michele Alexandre, University of Mississippi
The new faces of feminism: Using organic feminism to achieve justice for women in the post-feminism era.

Commentator: Risa Lieberwitz, Cornell University

LUNCH at 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Hunter Atrium

Engaging Bodies, 1:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Isabel Karpin, University of Sydney Law School

Roxanne Mykitiuk, Osgoode Hall, York University
Persisting in the face of resistance:  Feminist legal theory as embodied justice.

Linda McClain, Boston University
Feminist law efforts as social engineering.

Michael Thomson, Keele University
A tale of two bodies: The male body and feminist legal theory.

Commentator: Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Emory University School of Law

Engaging Universals and Engaging Identities, 3:45 – 6:00 p.m.

Martha T. McCluskey, State University of New York at Buffalo
Developing and defending critical feminism as law leans rightward.

Darren Hutchinson, American University, Washington College of Law
Feminism in the afterlife.

Siobhan Mullally, University College, Cork
Reclaiming universalism: Autonomy, religion and the culture wars.

Commentator: Dorothy Brown, Emory University School of Law

RECEPTION and DINNER at the Emory Conference Center and Hotel


Engaging the Family, 10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Twila Perry, Rutgers University, Newark, School of Law
Feminist theory and critical race feminism in family law: Convergences, conflicts and a look toward the future.

Laura Kessler, University of Utah College of Law
New frontiers in family law.

Adam Romero, U.S. Court of Appeals
When family fails.

Commentator: Martha L.A. Fineman, Emory University School of Law

LUNCH at 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. in the Hunter Atrium

Engaging the State, 2:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Fiona de Londras, University College, Dublin
Feminist legal theory: Pushing the boundaries of international law.

Fionnuala NiAolain, University of Minnesota Law School
Learning the lessons: What feminist legal theory teaches conflicted and repressive societies.

Laura Spitz, University of Colorado Law School
Theorizing the more responsive state.

Commentator: Teemu Ruskola, Emory University School of Law

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