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CASCA: Conferences, Calls for Papers, Events/Colloques, Appels à communication, Évènements

Conferences and calls for papers/Colloques et Appels à communication:

Les colloques et appels à communication suivants viennent d'être ajoutés à
notre page web:

The following conference announcements and calls for papers have just been
added to our web page:

-Human Being Human, Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, May 2015,
University of Victoria

-Chinese and African Sustainable Urbanization: A Global Perspective
Conference - October 2015, University of Ottawa

-Colloque GenERe: Le(s) genre(s) Définitions, mod èles, épistémologie
- décembre 2015, ENS de Lyon

-Call to submit papers to the global study on implementation of UNSCR 1325

-Signs CfP: Pleasure and Danger

-Call for Papers, AAA Panel: Document-ing Power in an Age of Accountability

-Call for Session Proposals biannual conference of the Association of
Critical Heritage Studies - June 2016, Concordia University

See them and others on our website:

Consultez-les ou voyez toute la liste en visitant notre site web:


Upcoming Talk


Prabha Kotiswaran
Senior Lecturer, Department of Law, King's College


Wednesday, March 25, 2015
12:00PM - 2:00PM 208N,
North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place, U Toronto

Against the backdrop of the phenomenal international successes of
governance feminism, my paper considers governance feminism in the
post- colony. In particular, the paper uses the wide-ranging law
reforms on rape and trafficking in India in the wake of the rape and
murder of a Delhi student in December 2012 to make two arguments.
First, that Anglo-American governance feminism has a rather limited
and contingent influence on postcolonial feminism. Second, that a
mapping of Indian feminist interventions on the law of rape over the
past three decades suggests that Indian feminism displays key
characteristics of governance feminism. Viewing the 2013 reforms as
the culmination of decades of feminist lobbying of the state for rape
law reform, the paper argues that Indian governance feminism is deeply
committed to a highly gendered understanding of sexual violence.
Further, that Indian feminism has increasingly resorted to the use of
the criminal law to address sexual violence even as its historical
suspicion of postcolonial state power has reduced considerably and is
now mostly evident in its opposition to the death penalty for rapists.
On the pathway to increased influence, Indian governance feminism has
faced challenges from advocates of the LGBT community, children's
rights groups and sex workers' groups. The paper considers in detail
mobilizational efforts of one such group, namely, sex workers to
illuminate both aspects of governance feminism, namely, the politics
of feminism in relation to sex work but also the challenges for
governance feminism as sex workers have mobilized outside the folds of
the Indian women's movement and in the space of what Partha Chatterjee
calls political society. Brought together in the struggle for the
Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013, I compare and contrast the ways in
which Indian feminists and sex workers approached law reform. This
illuminates ways in which governance feminism relates not just to
juridical power but also to highly mobile forms of governmentalised
power. This paper thus tells a highly contextual story of
fragmentation, partial reception, partial rejection, and the local
production of feminist ideas and stances towards governance.

Prabha Kotiswaran is Senior Lecturer in Law, King's College London
where she teaches criminal law, transnational criminal law,
jurisprudence, law and social theory and sociology of law. She is the
author of Dangerous Sex, Invisible Labor: Sex Work and the Law in
India. Published by Princeton University Press (2011) and co-published
by Oxford University Press, India (2011), Dangerous Sex, Invisible
Labor won the SLSA-Hart Book Prize for Early Career Academics in 2012.
She is also the editor of Sex Work, an anthology published by Women
Unlimited (2011) for a series on issues in contemporary Indian
feminism. Current projects include an edited volume on Shaping the
Definition of Trafficking in the Palermo Protocol, a co-authored book
on Governance Feminism and a co-edited Handbook on Governance Feminism
(both with with Janet Halley, Rachel Rebouche and Hila Shamir). She is
also the Co-Convener (with Peer Zumbansen) of the King's Summer
Institute in Transnational Law and Governance.

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