PECANS Workshop 2010

The PECANS workshop 2010 took place over two days from 29-30 April 2010.

Thursday 29 & Friday 30 April 2010, University of Westminster, London

‘Transgressing Power(s)’
an interdisciplinary postgraduate & early career scholars conference in the broad area of law, gender and sexuality

Day 1: Thursday 29 April - Room 354

9:45am: Coffee, Registration and Introductions

10:15 – 11:15 am: Session 1 - Sex Wars: The Next Generation: Debating “Johns” and “Jailbait” in Dominant Feminist, Cultural and Socio-legal Discourses
With: Lara Karaian (Carleton University, Canada) and Ummni Khan (Carleton University, Canada).

This session will examine two emerging power struggles in current-day sex wars: the criminalization of youth sexual expression and commercial sex. In particular we are interested in youth who document their sexuality through sexting (“jailbait”) and men who satiate their sexuality through prostitution/sex work (“johns”). The session leaders would like to encourage all participants tocomplete a survey before the workshop.

11:15 – 11:30am: Morning Break

11:30 – 1:00pm Session 2 – Gender, Sexuality and Power
Chair: Sarah Keenan (University of Kent)
Kerry Chamberlain (Keele University): ‘”Hardened Offenders” and “Good Time” Girls: Regulating the ‘Professional’ and ‘Amateur’ Prostitute in Interwar Liverpool’
Olesya Meskina (Basel University, Switzerland): ‘Law and Ethical Perceptions of Women and Children in the Swiss and Russian Society’
Elaine Craig (Dalhousie Univeristy, Canada): 'Sex and The Supremes: Towards A Legal Theory of Sexuality - Queering Sexual Assault Law'

1:00 – 2:00pm: Lunch Break

2:00pm – 3:00pm: Session 3 – Sexuality, Power and Rights
Chair: Adam Jowett (Aston University)
Kay Lalor (University of Westminster): ‘Defining Gay Rights: Sexual Orientation as a human rights issue’
Arturo Sanchez-Garcia (University of Kent/SOAS): ‘Micro-Politics and Sexual Rights in Latin America’

3:00-3:30 pm Coffee Break

3.30 – 5:30pm Session 4: Combining Activism and Academic Work
With: Avtar Brah, Jamie Heckert and Sarah Lamble (Birkbeck)
Chair: Sameena Dalwai (Keele University)

Day 2: Friday 30 April - Boardroom

9:30 – 11:00am: Session 1 - PECANS Open Committee Meeting
All workshop participants are welcome to attend and contribute to the PECANS committee meeting.

11:00 – 11:15am: Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:45pm: Session 2 – Transgression and Resistance
Chair: Donatella Alessandrini (University of Kent)
Mitchell Travis (Keele University): ‘The Sound of One Hand Clapping: Elective amputation as a site of resistance’
Pravin Jeyaraj (University of Westminster): ‘The Hegelian master/slave dialectic in environmental law and policy’
Sameena Dalwai (Keele University): ‘Locations of power in the law making process: case study of the legal ban on bar dancing in Bombay’

12:45 – 1:30pm: Lunch

1:30 - 3:00pm Session 3 - Roundtable Discussion: ‘Time for Reflection? Considering the “Past”, “Present”, and “Future” of Feminist Legal Studies’
Featuring: Brenna Bhandar (university of Kent), Julia Chryssostalis (University of Westminster), Elena Loizidou (Birkbeck), andJanice Richardson (University of Exeter).
Chair: Stacy Douglas (University of Kent).

3:00pm –3:15pm: Coffee Break

3:15pm – 4:45pm: Session 4 - An Introduction to Research Funding for Early Career Scholars
Featuring: Julie McCandless (Oxford Brookes) and Sally Sheldon (University of Kent)
Chair: Rosie Harding (Keele University)

5:00pm: CentreLGS Reception and Annual Lecture by Veena Das
All participants at the PECANS Workshop are invited to attend a reception at the University of Westminster Marylebone Campus before the Lecture.

Registration Information
Sorry - Registration is now Closed for the PECANS Workshop 2010.

Participants are requested to arrange their own accommodation: hotels, hostels and B&B's are plentiful in central London.

Registration at the workshop is from 9:45am - 10:00am on Thursday 29 April. The workshop is taking place in room 354 (Thursday) and the Boardroom (Friday), both at the Westminster University Regent Street Campus. The nearest tube station is Oxford Circus. On arrival please sign in at the security desk.

Documents to download:

pdfDownload the Programme

pdfDownload the Abstracts

pdfDownload the Workshop Flyer and Call for Papers

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