Call for Papers: Fifth Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference

Call for Papers:

The Center on Applied Feminism at my home institution, the University of Baltimore School of Law, seeks submissions for its Fifth Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference, to be held March 1-2, 2012.

This year’s theme is Applied Feminism and Democracy. Over the past year, we have seen the impact of democracy on women’s lives globally, nationally, and on the state and local level. From participation in the overthrow of governments in the Middle East to battles over funding for Planned Parenthood in the United States, women and democracy has been a recurring theme of recent events.

Practitioners’ and activists’ papers need not follow a strictly academic format, but all paper proposals should address the conference theme. In this election year, we invite you to think about gender, feminism and democracy:

  • Who does democracy best serve?
  • How do democracies shape the lives of women?
  •  Does democracy increase women’s participation in governmental process?
  • Have democratic governments been successful in advancing feminist goals?
  • Are there better ways than democracy to address the issues that affect women’s lives?
  • Is securing voting rights a feminist issue?
  • What does democratic participation mean for women?
  • How can women use democratic processes to improve their lives?
  • How can feminist legal theory inform the creation and evolution of democracies?
  • How might feminist principles inform our understanding of what democracy is and what it requires?
  • Are there are distinctively feminist approaches to the meaning of democracy?

The conference will explore gender issues within emerging and well-established democracies, allowing us to reflect on past movements and propose future reforms. To submit a paper proposal, please submit an abstract of no more than one page, with subject line “CAF conference submission,” by 5 p.m. on October 14, 2011, to Leigh Goodmark at

Contact Information:

Leigh Goodmark


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