Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network at Law and Society

The Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network (CRN) is a newly-constituted group that seeks to bring together scholars across a range of fields who are interested in feminist legal theory.  This year CRN is hoping to organize a number of panels at Law and Society (LSA), which will take place in Honolulu, Hawaii from June 5-8, 2012. 

All are invited to submit paper proposals for these panels. There is no single topic or theme to which paper submissions must conform: they should simply relate to feminist legal theory in some shape or form. CRN particularly welcomes proposals which would permit it to collaborate with other research networks, which have organized around topics such as Critical Research on Race and the Law, or Gender, Sexuality and the Law. Also, because the LSA meeting attracts scholars from other disciplines, multidisciplinary proposals are welcome. CRN’s goal in organizing these panels is to stimulate focused discussion on papers on which scholars are currently working. Thus, while proposals may reference work which is well on the way to publication, CRN is particularly eager to solicit proposals for works-in-progress which are at an earlier stage, and which will benefit from the discussion that the panels will provide.

Paper proposals are due by November 14, 2011.  Instructions for submitting proposals are after the jump.


If you would like to submit a paper for one of the CRN panels, please do so by using the Feminist Legal Theory CRN TWEN page. TWEN is an online resource administered by Westlaw. If you haven’t yet registered for the TWEN page, signing up is easy. Just sign onto Westlaw, hit the tab on the top for “TWEN,” then click “Add Course,” and choose the “Feminist Legal Theory” CRN from the drop-down list of National TWEN Courses. Or, if you have a Westlaw OnePass as a faculty member, you can enter from this Easy Course Access.  If you enter through this link, you will immediately see a link to the Feminist Legal Theory CRN TWEN page, and you should click on it.

Once you arrive at the Feminist Legal Theory CRN TWEN page, look to the left hand margin for a tab to “June 2012 Law and Society – Sign-Ups and Paper Proposals.” When you click on it, you will see two threads under “topics.” Click on the thread that permits you to post a paper proposal.  You will then get a new screen that locates you within that thread: hit “reply” to post a reply to it. When posting a paper proposal, you should include your name, a title, and an abstract of 400-500 words.

Please submit all proposals for paper presentations by November 14, 2011. This will permit CRN to organize panels and submit them prior to the LSA’s deadline of December 6, 2011. If CRN receives too many proposals and cannot accept all of them, it will notify you by November 28, 2011, so that you can submit an independent proposal to LSA.

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3 Responses

  1. Paul Horwitz says:

    This may be an odd question, and it’s not reflective of my own views, but do I take it that interesting proposals that are related to feminist theory but highly critical of it, or of feminism itself, are also welcome and fall within the parameters of the group?

  2. Paul Horwitz says:

    This may be an odd question, but do I take it that worthwhile proposals that are related to feminist legal theory but highly critical of or opposed to feminist legal theory, or feminism itself, are also welcome and fall within the parameters of the group?

  3. Sarah Waldeck says:

    Paul,

    Yes, such proposals would be welcome.

    Thanks for the follow-up question.