Gender & “The Law”- A Match Made in Heaven
LCSS’s growing gender platform continued its international conference series in Izmir on Gender & “The Law”: Limits, Contestations and Beyond, in partnership with Dokuz Eylul University, Gediz University and Indiana University. The conference brought together established and emerging academics, researchers as well as NGO representatives from all over the world from different disciplines to offer their insight, knowledge and findings on gender and legal issues. The first two days of this conference was hosted by Dokuz Eylul with the final day being hosted by Gediz University. The keynote speakers for the plenary sessions were Prof Valorie Vojdik of Tennessee University, Prof Sara Friedman from Indiana University, Prof Lisa Webley from the University of Westminster and Prof Heaven Crawley of Swansea University. An array of interesting and thought-provoking debates emerged from the presentations of the conference, enabling the delegates to take home with them newly-gained insights and findings to feed into their own research and studies. The conference covered presentations on gender and legal issues from diverse systems and countries including Australia, Greece, Nigeria, Pakistan, Spain, Turkey, Qatar and U.K. The panel sessions on offer during this conference covered language structure and legal systems; employment & labour market; migration; state and law; power and hegemony; affect and law; and international law and gender politics. This conference also provided an invaluable opportunity for networking and new contacts to be formed for future projects. The post-conference trip took place at the ancient city of Ephesus, immersed in old Greek heritage with mesmerising views and eye-catching ruins. The trip also included a pottery-making lesson as well as visit to Meryem Ana, the house where Virgin Mary may have spent her final days. The combination of gender and law disciplines has certainly proven to be a success in this conference, showing the interdisciplinary strengths of LCSS.