PECANS Workshop 2008

The 2008 PECANS workshop took place over two days from 23-24 April 2008 at the University of Westminster, Regent Street Campus (309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW).

Wednesday 23 - Thursday 24 April 2008, University of Westminster

Wednesday 23 April 2008

10:00 Registration and Introductions

10:30 – 12:00 Session 1 - 'Surviving the Viva', with Donatella Alessandrini (Kent), Shraddha Chigateri (Keele), and Ruth Quiney (Keele).

12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch

1:00 – 3:00pm Session 2: 'Supervision Survival Skills', with Joanne Conaghan, Ruth Fletcher and Didi Herman

3:00-3:30pm Coffee Break

3:30pm-5:00pm Session 3: Writing for Journals and Getting Published, with Rosemary Hunter (Kent), managing editor ofFeminist Legal Studies, and Sasha Roseneil (Birkbeck), co-editor of Feminist Theory.

Thursday 24 April 2008: 'Reconfiguring Resistance'

9:30 – 11:00am: Session 1 – Resisting violence against women
Chair: Suzanne Jenkins (Keele)
Nisrine Mansour, (LSE) ‘Women Groups as Actors of Resistance or Negotiation: The Case of Family Laws Reforms in Post-Conflict Lebanon’
Anupma Kaushik (Banasthali University,Rajasthan, India) ‘Resisting Domestic Violence: A Case Study of M.Phil Students of Banasthali University’
Máiréad Enright (University of Cork/Manchester Metropolitan University) ‘Resistance and Exit’

11:00 – 11:30am: Coffee Break

11:30 – 1:00pm: Session 2 – Q&A with Bonnie Honig, (Northwestern University)
Chair: Sarah Lamble (Kent)
‘Antigone's Anachronism: Mourning, Tragedy and Transition in Democratic Athens’

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm- 3:30pm Session 3 – Subverting law’s desires?
Chair: Toni Johnson (Kent)
Sarah Lamble (Kent) ‘What’s “Radical” About Activist Knowledge? Rethinking the relationship between law, social movements and knowledge production’
Suzanne Jenkins (Keele) ‘Understanding Sex Workers’ Techniques of Resistance’
Elaine Craig (Dalhousie Law School, Canada) ‘Laws of Desire: The Political Morality of Public Sex’

3:30pm – 4:00pm: Coffee Break

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Session 4 – Agency, Silence and Resistance in Refugee Claims
Chair: Rosie Harding (Keele)
Sarah Keenan (Kent) ‘Spatialising desire: law, space and identity in women’s refugee claims on the basis of sexuality’
Toni Johnson (Kent) ‘On Silence, Sexuality and Skeletons: Imagining agency, speaking the self’

5:00pm – 5:30pm: Closing Discussion and Feedback Session

Documents to Download:

pdf Download the Workshop Programme

pdf Download the Conference Abstracts

pdf Download the Event Flyer and Call for Papers

For more information and enquiries about the event, please contact Rosie Harding (email: