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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Call for Papers on "Aging as a Feminist Concern"

Emory University School of Law has issued a call for papers for a January 2011 Workshop titled "Aging as a Feminist Concern."


Potential contributors are encouraged to think creatively about the relationship between aging and gender, and how feminist legal theory can be brought to bear on understanding old-age policies. To this end, possible paper topics include:


What characterizes a feminist approach to aging and how does this differ from other approaches?

How do current discourses and practices of domestic violence, family law, employment/labor law, sexuality, masculinity, and political theory engage or fail to engage with the elder population?

How does the law reinforce or enhance the vulnerability and marginalization of the elderly?

What arguments can be made for and against the proposition that the government must support caretaking and caretakers of the elderly? How do these arguments differ from those made on behalf of the caretakers of children or the disabled?

How should government "protect" older adults, what are the implications of such protection, and how might feminist legal theory inform and guide our understanding of protective policies?

How should family responsibility be structured in old-age policy?

What are the implications of health care reform for older adults aging?

Read more details and submission procedures here:  Download Call for Papers - Aging and Feminism


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