Law and Gender II: LGBTI+, Queer, Feminist Studies and Identities in Academia
We are witnessing a backlash against LGBTQI+ and women’s rights, often orchestrated by populist forces. How is legal academia and public law reacting to such a backlash? This forum aims to answer this question and offer a space to discuss the status and new directions of LGBTQI+ and feminist studies in legal academia and publishing. At the same time, it wants to be a place for the LGBTQI+, feminist, and allied community of ICON-S to meet and share their knowledge on a plurality of alarmingly public law themes in universities. Centrally, the forum has the purpose to build connections and dialogue between feminist, LGBTI+, queer, and intersectional theories. Five main themes are envisioned: (i) New directions and themes in this area of study; (ii) The lived experience of LGBTQI+ people – especially from an intersectional perspective – and people working on LGBTQI+ and feminist studies within legal academia and public law; (iii) The perceived status and acceptance of LGBTQI+ and feminist studies in lawdepartments, faculties, and publishing; (iv) The relations between feminist and LGBTQI+ studies and politics within academia, and the role of allies; (v) The impact of precarization of academic life on people working on LGBTQI+ andfeminist studies, which may be perceived as a niche subject, with less opportunity for publishing and adequate employment. In addition to the list of confirmed participants, public participation is welcome and strongly encouraged.