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2015 Law, Literature & the Humanities Association of Australasia Conference - "Complicities"

Thu, 2015-02-19 18:26 -- manager
DATES: 10 - 12 DECEMBER 2015
(With 9 December as a postgraduate day)
Complicity is a state of being complex or involved, and no matter where we are, or what we do, law is
part of our entanglement in the world. This conference will explore law’s complex relations with culture,
politics and capital. It will investigate law as an accomplice, as well as law’s role in shaping (and resisting)
certain problematic moral, political and material positions.
The LLH Association of Australasia invites scholarly and creative research from academics and graduate
students working at the intersection of law and the humanities, whether based in legal theory or in
disciplines such as literature, art, film, music, history, continental philosophy, anthropology, psychoanalysis,
visual culture, or cultural studies. Contributions may take a variety of forms from traditional academic
papers to poster presentations, video, or other genres or media.
The conference invites consideration of the following questions:
• What does complicity reveal about law’s methods and modes, its affects and effects?
• How are law’s genres, narratives, processes and images complicit in the creation of particular
imaginaries, materialities and practices of the everyday?
• How might we work within visual, narrative, creative and textual domains and devise strategies to
reveal and counter law's complicities, and acknowledge our own?
We ask you to make your own interpretation of the theme ‘Complicities,’ and invite scholars from a range
of disciplines to propose papers, complete panels and streams. Proposals should consist of a short
abstract (max. 250 words) and a short author bio. Please submit your abstract online at
Deadline for Stream Proposals: 31 March, 2015
Deadline for Paper and Panel Proposals: 1 May 2015
For all conference information including on-line registration, check our web site at this address:
And for further information, contact the Co-convenors, Dr Honni van Rijswijk and Associate Professor
Penny Crofts at

Mid-Winter 2015 Schedule

Tue, 2015-01-13 16:45 -- manager

Canadian Law and Society Association

Mid-Winter Meeting

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Concordia University

Hall Building H-767

1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd West

Montreal, Qc


8:15 – 8:30   Welcome


8:30 – 10:00            Session One: Normativities, Competing and Harmonizing


Andrew Woolford (University of Manitoba), “Adjudicating Genocide Through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.”

Aboubacar Dakuyo (University of Ottawa), “La place des normes communautaires locales dans la mise en oeuvre de la justice transitionelle au Soudan du Sud.”

Sara Ross (Osgoode Hall), “Who wins the Waterfront: A sociolegal approach to port development, urban regeneration, industry and culture.”



10:00 – 10:15          Break (Coffee and refreshments)


10:15 – 11:45          Session Two: Representation I: Discourse and Lawmaking


David Howes (Concordia University), “Culture on Trial: Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act – A Legal Anthropological Critique.”

Marcus A. Sibley (Carleton University),  “Shifting the Frames: An exploration of (In)Visible Identities in the Canadian Sex Work Debates.”

Ibironke Odumosu-Ayanu (University of Saskatchewan), “Indigenous Peoples’ participation in mining-related agreements.”


11:45 – 1:00            Lunch


1:00 – 2:30   Session Three: Representation II: Images and Objects


Michael-Anthony Lutfy (Carleton University) “Unmasking Dissent: The Criminalization of masks at protests.”

Dawn Moore (Carleton University) and Rashmee Singh (University of Waterloo) “Seeing Crime: Injuries, Images and Victims of Domestic Violence.”

Nicole O’Byrne (University of New Brunswick)  “Media Reactions to Louis Robichaud’s Programme of Equal Opportunity.”  

David Des Baillets (Université de Québec à Montréal), “Representing Canadian Justice: the Iconography & Symbolism of the Supreme Court of Canada.”


2:30 – 2:45   Break (coffee and sweets)


2:45 – 4:15   Session Four:  Rights at Odds


Terrine Friday (Osgoode Hall), “(In)formal legal Culture and Access to Information in Canada.”

Jennifer Raso (University of Toronto), “Tranchemontagne Revisited: Drawing Accessible Lessons from Administrative Aftermath.”

Sarah Hamill (University of Alberta), “The True History of the Public Right to Fish and its Implications.”

Ravi Malhotra (University of Ottawa), “The Litigation Strategies of Injured Workers in late 19th Century America: A Comparative Approach.”


4:15 – 5:45   Session Five:  Panel: The Intersection of Criminal Law and Public Health Imperatives in the Governance of HIV Non-Disclosure and the Policing of Sex Work


Martin French and Amy Swiffen (Concordia University), “Sero-politics: Population-level Data in HIV Non-disclosure Prosecutions.”

Alex McLelland (Concordia University), “Lock this Whore Up: Public Health Legislation and Other ‘Risks’ to Public Safety.”

Nora Butler Burke (Concordia University), “Opération Cyclope and the Everyday Surveillance of Street-based Sex Work.”




The CLSA Board Meeting will take place Sunday, January 18, from 9 a.m. to noon (room to be announced).

Osgoode Forum 2015 - Osgoode Hall Law School

Thu, 2015-01-08 17:45 -- manager

Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n Roll


Subversive Sites in the Law

Change and stability, evolution and historical continuity, progress and constancy – these are conflicting demands that society and its members make of the law and legal institutions.  Knowledge accumulates, past truths are shown to be false, and historical anomalies come to dominate the present.  Heraclitus, the ancient Greek philosopher stated that “everything changes and nothing stands still”.  If change is the only constant, how have, do, and should law and legal institutions respond, resist, react, accommodate, accept, or suppress social change and the agents of change?

Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll is a credo associated with counter-culture, subversion, and resistance. Subversive sites of contestation exist not only because of constant change but also because of the failure of law to capture and accommodate individual realities, complexities, and varieties. There are many sites where individuals have reacted against dominant social views, perceptions, prescriptions, and propaganda. Some pursue activities, practices, and social arrangements which are illegal, disruptive, or unsanctioned – recent examples being Occupy Movements in light of the 2008 Financial Crisis; Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution; Aboriginal blockades and Idle No More movements in Canada; homeless encampments; and polygamist communities.  Such resistance has resulted in positive social change as well as socially sanctioned violence, persecution, and prosecution. Others suppress desires and needs, hide actions, or suffer in obscurity.  The prevailing social approach, action, or reaction may create barriers, thereby excluding the rebels, disrupters, outcasts, abnormals, dissenters, immorals, and perverts from full participation in society.  

The 2015 Osgoode Forum takes a wide, inclusive, view of Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll:

·         Sex includes: sex; gender; sex selection; sexual abuse; sexual harassment; sex and gender bias/equity, sexuality; gender; sexual practices; sexual orientation; sex trade; and reproductive rights.

·         Drugs include: illegal drugs; war on drugs; legalization, regulation, and decriminalization; religious or cultural uses; medicines; patenting; indigenous or traditional medicines; regulation of food and natural remedies; medical research funding; availability of life-saving drugs; and mandatory vaccinations.

·         Rock ‘n Roll includes: Counter culture, subversion, and resistance; Performers, consumers, and property ownership; censorship; sponsorship; cultural appropriation; intellectual property rights - and many other sites that include, but are not limited to: territoriality; immigration; displacement; land claims; natural and economic resources; and social and ecological conservation.

If you would like to know how your paper fits into the conference topic, email a short description to

As we celebrate the 125th anniversary of Osgoode Hall Law School, the 2015 Forum will focus on change and continuity in the law, and will examine how law is shaped by political, economic, and cultural forces.

We invite participants to reflect on subversive sites in the law in the past, the present, and into the future though proposals for papers, presentations, panels, and other interventions (including art-based and performance contributions) from Master’s and Doctoral students, artists, and activists.

Osgoode is committed to the promotion of interdisciplinary scholarship addressing the nature and function of law and legal institutions, and the impact of law in our changing world. We are eager to accept proposals from a range of disciplines intersecting with law, including: cultural studies, criminology, political science, health studies, gender studies, sociology, anthropology, history, psychology, and philosophy.



Submissions Guidelines


Please submit your abstracts in English to


Abstracts or proposals should be between 250-500 words in length, and should include:


(i)            your name,

(ii)          title of the paper,

(iii)         your organization or institution (if any), and

(iv)         a list of up to five keywords.  



The abstract submission deadline is EXTENDED: end of the day January 31, 2015.


Successful applicants will be notified by February 7, 2015.


Final papers (maximum of 15,000 words) OR Drafts (1,000-1,500 words) must be submitted by May 9, 2015, to allow for dissemination so that forum participants can engage with authors and provide authors with feedback and comments.


Information about the conference site, accommodations, conference fees, and programming will be provided before the abstract submission deadline at


Bourse d’études supérieures ou post doctorales : Partenariat de recherche En mouvement; volet des politiques publiques

Fri, 2014-11-28 18:33 -- manager

ÉCHÉANCE DU CONCOURS : 19 janvier 2015

MONTANT DE LA BOURSE : De 15 000$ par année à 40 000$ par année selon le niveau

DATE DE DÉBUT : À partir du 1er mars 2015 (flexible)

DURÉE DE LA BOURSE : Un à deux ans, selon le niveau


Le partenariat En mouvement : la mobilité géographique pour le travail au Canada est un partenariat financé par une subvention en partenariat du conseil de recherche en sciences humaines (CRSH) de 2,5 millions de dollars, sur une durée de 7 ans, qui couvre 17 disciplines et 22 universités au Canada et dans quatre autres pays (chercheuse principale Barbara Neis, Université Memorial). Ce programme de recherche examine la gamme complète des situations de mobilité géographique pour le travail, du déplacement quotidien de trois heures au travail étranger temporaire et ses conséquences pour les personnes qui travaillent, leurs familles, les employeurs, les communautés et les paliers municipaux, provinciaux et fédéral du gouvernement canadien.


Le (la) candidat(e) :

 Étudiera à la maîtrise, au doctorat ou au niveau post doctoral (inscrit(e) ou admissible) en droit, en économie politique ou dans un domaine connexe de recherche;

 Consent à contribuer au développement de la recherche et des activités scientifiques du partenariat En mouvement (volet politiques), tel que décrites plus bas, pour la durée de la bourse.

Il n’est pas nécessaire d’être bilingue, mais la maîtrise du français et de l’anglais serait un atout. Le (la) récipiendaire de la bourse aura une excellente maîtrise de l’une ou l’autre de ces langues.

Le concours est ouvert tant aux personnes détenant la citoyenneté canadienne ou la résidence permanente qu’aux non-citoyen(ne)s qui peuvent démontrer qu’ils ou elles sont en mesure d’obtenir la permission de résider au Canada pour une période d’un an pour des fins d’études.


Cette bourse est offerte grâce au financement du CRSH par l’entremise de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en droit de la santé et de la sécurité du travail et du partenariat En mouvement.

Dans le cadre des activités du volet politiques du partenariat En mouvement, une bourse pour études supérieures ou post doctorales est offerte pour poursuivre des travaux de recherche portant sur les politiques publiques en lien avec les travaux en cours. Ce concours est ouvert aux candidat(e)s de niveau de la maîtrise, du doctorat ou du post-doctorat intéressé(e)s à poursuivre des études supérieures en droit, en économie politique ou dans un domaine connexe. Les candidat(e)s sont invité(e)s à soumettre un projet de recherche qui examine l’effectivité du droit (par exemple le droit du travail, de la sécurité sociale, de l’accès aux soins de santé) appliqué à la main-d’oeuvre mobile au Canada.

La personne retenue travaillera avec Katherine Lippel, Chaire de recherche du Canada en droit de la santé et de la sécurité du travail, Faculté de droit, section droit civil, à l’Université d’Ottawa. Les principales responsabilités incluront le développement et la poursuite de projets de recherche, la rédaction de rapports et de publications, ainsi que la participation aux travaux de l’équipe dans le cadre du volet politiques du partenariat En mouvement, et d’autres activités connexes.

Pour plus de renseignements sur la Chaire de recherche du Canada en droit de la santé et de la sécurité du travail, veuillez visiter notre site web à :

Pour plus de renseignements sur le partenariat En mouvement, veuillez visiter notre site web à :


Si vous êtes intéressé(e) à présenter votre candidature pour ce poste, veuillez envoyer votre demande avant minuit, le 19 janvier 2015 (HNE) par courriel à Marianne Corriveau, associée de recherche à la Chaire de recherche du Canada en droit de la santé et de la sécurité du travail à :

Vous devez envoyer les documents suivants :

1. Un CV à jour

2. Une proposition d’une page décrivant le projet que vous souhaitez développer

3. Une lettre décrivant vos intérêts et les raisons pour lesquelles vous souhaitez poursuivre cette opportunité

4. Un échantillon de vos travaux écrit en anglais ou en français

5. Deux références qui pourront être contactées au besoin.


Instructions supplémentaires :

 Votre demande peut être présentée en français ou en anglais.

 Pour assurer une cohérence du format, veuillez fournir des fichiers PDF seulement. Assurez-vous d’inclure votre nom de famille dans les titres des fichiers.

 Les demandes peuvent être soumises par courriel seulement. La ligne d’objet du courriel devrait indiquer Bourse d’études supérieures ou post doctorales (Ottawa) comme les courriels seront triés automatiquement.


Le non-respect des instructions pourrait entraîner le rejet de votre demande ou le risque qu’elle soit négligée.

Veuillez adresser votre candidature et/ou toute question à propos de cette bourse à Marianne Corriveau à :

Scholarship for Graduate or Post-Graduate Studies: Policy Component: On the Move research partnership

Fri, 2014-11-28 18:32 -- manager

CLOSING DATE: January 19th 2015

VALUE OF SCHOLARSHIP: From $15,000 per year to $40,000 per year depending on level

START DATE: As of March 1st 2015 (flexible)

DURATION OF SCHOLARSHIP: One or two years depending on the level


The On the Move Partnership: Employment-Related Geographical Mobility in the Canadian Context is a 2.5 million dollar, 7-year partnership grant funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) that spans 17 disciplines and 22 universities across Canada and four other countries (PI Barbara Neis, Memorial University). This research program is investigating the spectrum of employment-related geographical mobility, from the 3 hour daily commute to the situation of temporary foreign workers, looking at its consequences for workers, families, employers, communities, and Canadian municipal, provincial and federal governments. This scholarship is related to research on policy and the mobile workforce


The candidate:

 Will be a masters, doctoral, or post-doctoral scholar (enrolled, or eligible applicant) in the field or law, political economy, or a related field of research;

 Agrees to contribute to the development and scholarly activities of the On The Move Partnership (Policy Component) as described below for the duration of the scholarship.

Bilingualism is not required but fluency in both French and English is an asset. The successful candidate will have excellent language skills in one of these languages.

The scholarship competition is open to both Canadian citizens and non-citizens. Candidates must demonstrate that they are likely to obtain permission to reside in Canada for the period of one year.



This scholarship is provided through SSHRC funding through the Canada research Chair on Occupational Health and Safety Law and the On the Move Partnership.

Through the activities of the Policy Component of the On the Move Partnership, funding has become available for a graduate or post-graduate position to support the policy component in the ongoing research projects underway. This position is open to students at the masters, doctoral, or post-doctoral levels who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in law or in a related field. Candidates are invited to propose a research project outlined in their application for the position that examines regulatory effectiveness of legislation or policy (for example, labour law, social security, health care) as applied to the mobile workforce in Canada.

The successful individual will work with Katherine Lippel, Canada research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law, Faculty of Civil Law, at the University of Ottawa. Primary responsibilities will include the development and implementation of research projects, drafting of reports and publications, as well as participating in various activities of the Policy Component of the On the Move Partnership, and other related activities.

For more information about the On the Move Partnership, please visit our webpage at:

For more information about the Canada research Chair on Occupational Health and Safety Law, please visit our webpage at:


If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your application by midnight, January 19th, 2015 (EST) by email to Marianne Corriveau, research associate with the Canada research Chair on Occupational Health and Safety Law, at:

You should send the following documents:

1. An up-to-date CV

2. A one-page proposal outlining the project you would like to pursue

3. A letter outlining your interests and reasons for pursuing this opportunity

4. A sample of written work in English or French

5. Contact information for two references


Additional instructions:

 Your application may be submitted in French or in English.

 For format consistency, please provide PDF files only. Be sure to include your last name in the files’ titles.

 Applications can be submitted by email only. Your email subject line must be Scholarship for Graduate or Post-Graduate Studies (Ottawa) as emails will be automatically sorted.

Failure to follow instructions may result in your application being overlooked or dismissed.

Please address your application and/or any questions you may have about this scholarship to Marianne Corriveau at:

CLSA: Interim Treasurer

Mon, 2014-11-10 17:29 -- manager

The CLSA is in immediate need of an interim treasurer to serve until the spring 2015 AGM . Any member in good standing with interest in the position and some experience in handling group finances is invited to forward a brief expression of interest to the Board accompanied by a c.v. Expresions of interest should be emailed to  

Assistant Professor, Sociology, MacEwan University

Fri, 2014-11-07 12:15 -- manager


Assistant Professor, Sociology

Faculty of Arts and Science

Competition # 14.11.155


The Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Science at MacEwan University invites applications for a full-time probationary appointment in criminology, at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2015, subject to final budgetary approval.


The successful candidate will have expertise in one or more areas within criminology. All areas of such expertise will be considered; however, priority will be given to applicants with specialization in one or more of the following areas: Aboriginal peoples and the criminal justice system; courts and corrections; alternative justice practices.


Preferred candidates will hold a Ph.D. in a relevant area of expertise and will demonstrate a primary commitment to undergraduate teaching and an ongoing research program. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including recent teaching evaluations), statement of research interests, sample of scholarly work, and academic transcripts. Three letters of reference, quoting the competition number, should be sent directly from referees to


Questions about this opportunity may be addressed to Dr. Jeff Stepnisky, Chair, Department of Sociology, at


This position is included under the Faculty Association collective agreement. The annual salary range for a Ph.D. is $72,834 to $115,975. A review of applications will begin December 8, 2014 and will continue until shortlisting is complete.


How to Apply:      


Only applications received electronically will be considered.


To apply, go to and select the job posting. 


Thank you for your interest in employment with MacEwan University. We will be reviewing all applications to select the candidates whose qualifications and experience most closely meet our needs. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.


For general inquiries, please contact us at




Endowed Chair in Human Rights, St Thomas University

Tue, 2014-11-04 17:48 -- manager

Full posting:

St. Thomas University invites applications for the Endowed Chair in Human Rights, at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 1, 2015, pending budgetary approval. This appointment will be for a three-year term, with a possibility of renewal.

St. Thomas University is an undergraduate, liberal arts institution with a full-time enrolment of 2,100. Its students graduate with Bachelor of Arts, Applied Arts, Education, and Social Work degrees. The faculty members are distinguished teachers, researchers and scholars, and the University holds four Canada Research Chairs.

The successful candidate will have research and teaching expertise in Human Rights and Human Rights experience in an international context would be an asset. A PhD or the equivalent in a field directly related to Human Rights is required. In addition to teaching in the Human Rights Program, the holder of the Chair will conduct research in the area of Human Rights, undertake community-based seminars, workshops and other outreach events, and serve as Director of the Atlantic Human Rights Centre. Administrative experience would be beneficial for this position.

Applicants are to submit a curriculum vitae, samples of scholarly work, evidence of teaching effectiveness (teaching portfolio preferred), and arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to Dr. Amanda DiPaolo, Director, Human Rights Program, St. Thomas University, Fredericton NB, E3B 5G3. Electronic applications may be sent to

Closing date: December 5, 2014, or until the position is filled. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their completed applications, including letters of reference, are received by this date.

An equal opportunity employer, St. Thomas University is committed to employment equity for women, Aboriginal persons, members of visible minority groups, and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.