Interactions, Exchanges, and Transformations: European Legal Traditions and their impact on the Construction of Gender in a Global Context

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for a conference titled Interactions, Exchanges, and Transformations: European Legal Traditions and their impact on the Construction of Gender in a Global Context to be held in Vancouver, Canada, in 20 – 23 February 2021. The conference is the 11th conference of the international research network Gender Differences in European Legal Cultures (https://www.uni- with the collaboration of Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Northern British Columbia.

The conference seeks to examine the interactions between varied European legal cultures and their impact on gender dynamics, in both local and global contexts. It will explore how legal traditions overlapped and collided, shaped and displaced each other within Europe and how European legal cultures were exported around the world. Some of the themes that our conference seeks to cover are the codifications experienced in Europe and beyond that included the borrowing of elements from diverse legal traditions, the imposition of European legal regimes onto colonized societies, or
the voluntary wholesale adoption of certain codes often during “modernization” drives in such diverse states as the Ottoman Empire, Japan, Egypt, and Latin America. Our goal is to explore these interactions in Europe and the broader world and their impact on the development and transformation of law and gender constructions.

The organizers hope to be able to cover travel and accommodation expenses for all participants dependent upon available funding. In case that is not possible scholars from outside North America and in the early stages of their careers (graduate students, recent PhDs) will receive priority. We welcome contributions from all geographic areas and from comparative perspectives, as well as contributions reflecting on methodological and theoretical issues. Proposals should include:

  1. the title of the presentation and a 150-word abstract;
  2. a short (max 150 word) academic bio containing contact information for the presenter.

Proposals should be emailed in Word format to the following conference address:

Deadline for submission: 31 January 2020

For questions please contact the organizing team:

  • Dana Wessell Lightfoot, Assistant Professor, University of Northern British Columbia (
  • Evdoxios Doxiadis, Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University (
  • John Christopoulos, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia (


Feb 20 - 23 2021


Conference Call for Papers Deadline for submission: 31 January 2020
All Day
University of British Columbia


University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia


Simon Fraser University