The Feminism and Legal Theory Project is preparing for a conference on Feminism, Law, and Masculinity. This workshop will explore the relevance of masculinities studies to feminist legal theory and activism. We have long struggled, both within and without the academy, to understand how law defines the feminine by articulating, constructing, and regulating women and the female body. Similarly, and more broadly, feminisms have focused on the place of gender in the construction of social relations that too often fail to protect the interests of women. This work notwithstanding, the place of masculinity has received relatively little attention. We hope to facilitate social and cultural resistance to assertions of hyper-masculinity, particularly those that arise in response to feminism itself.
Martha Albertson Fineman
Emory University School of Law
Michael O. Thomson
Keele University Law School
Please email a paper proposal of several paragraphs length by March 30, 2009 to:
The organizers will duplicate and distribute working paper drafts prior to the Workshop. Selected papers will be due August 12, 2009.
The Workshop begins on Friday afternoon at 4 PM with a panel discussion in Room G575 of the Law School, 1301 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA. There will be a reception and dinner that evening in the Atrium on the 3rd floor of the Law School. All interested participants are welcome. Saturday there will be two or three panel presentations, ending at 5 PM.