September 4, 2007 09:13 Age: 7 yrs

FLT Project Hosts Workshop on Feminist Legal Theory and the Family

The Feminism and Legal Theory (FLT) Project at Emory University School of Law is hosting a workshop on feminist legal theory and the family September 7-8. This workshop is the fifth and final session in a series of comparative law and culture workshops developed by the FLT Project and the Centre for Law, Ethics and Society at Keele University.

Topics to be presented and discussed during the workshop include: “What is Left of the Family?,” “The Changing Face of Marriage,” “Regulating the Parent-Child Relationship” and “Work/Family Balance.”

The workshop will take place in the Hunter Atrium on the third floor of Gambrell Hall. A detailed agenda, including scheduled presenters and topics, is listed below.

Exploring Key Concepts in Feminist Legal Theory: The Family
Emory University School of Law
September 7-8, 2007


4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
What is Left of the Family?

  • Ann Freedman (Rutgers University School of Law, Camden): The Role of Consciousness in Legal System Responses to Families in Difficulty
  • Holning Lau (Hofstra University Law School): Family as Identity Group
  • Sally Sheldon (University of Kent Law School): Law, Genetics and the Tenacious Hold of the ‘Sexual Family’
  • Emily Sack (Roger Williams University School of Law): The Burial of Family Law

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Workshop Dinner


9:00 – 10:45 a.m.
The Changing Face of Marriage

  • Ann Holder (Pratt Institute): Uncanny Resurrection: the ‘Freedom to Marry’ and the Political Uses of the Analogy to Interracial Marriage
  • Gillian Calder (University of Victoria): The Popularity of the Penguins:  Using Law and Film to Unearth Shifting Understandings of Marriage in Canada
  • Chloë Atkins (University of Calgary): Same Sex Marriage in Canada: Why do Lesbians Marry?

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Regulating the Parent-Child Relationship

  • Maxine Eichner (University of North Carolina School of Law): The State and Caretaker-Dependent Relationship
  • Michael Thomson & Marie Fox (Keele University School of Law): The Rights of the Child?: Male Circumcision and the UK Law and Policy
  • Lee Ann Basser (York University): Changing Concepts of Family, Reproduction and the State

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Sexual Citizen/Sexual Family

  • Julie McCandless (Keele University School of Law): A, B and C make D:  Status and Anomaly: Considerations of the ‘Sexual Family’ and Fatherhood in Re D [2006]
  • Mary Ewert (Keele University School of Law): Young Women and Contraception: Waiting for a post-Carey Moment

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

3:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Work/Family Balance

  • Risa Lieberwitz (Cornell University): Untitled
  • Andrew Whitelegg (Emory College): Flextime and Frequent Flyers: Flight Attendant Families in Action
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