VERANSTALTUNG: Interdisziplinäre Tagung und Doktorand*innenworkshop: Manufacturing Collectivity


Liebe Listen-Mitglieder,

Die DFG-geförderte Forschungsgruppe “Recht – Geschlecht – Kollektivität:
Prozesse der Normierung, Kategorisierung und Solidarisierung” lädt Sie
zur*interdisziplinären Tagung “Manufacturing Collectivity. Exploring the
Nexus of Gender, Collectivities, and Law” *am 2.-3.7.2020 sowie zum
*interdisziplinären Doktorand*innenworkshop *am 1.7.2020 in Berlin ein.

Wir freuen uns auf Beiträge zur empirischen Rechtsforschung
verschiedener Disziplinen. Details können Sie dem beigefügten Call
(siehe unten und Anhang) entnehmen.

Herzliche Grüße

Alik Mazukatow

DFG research group Law – Gender – Collectivity; Call for Papers
Interdisciplinary Conference, July 2-3, 2020
Interdisciplinary PhD Students’ Workshop, July 1, 2020
Venue: Freie Universität Berlin, Seminarzentrum, Otto-von-Simson-Straße
26, L 115

*Manufacturing Collectivity. Exploring the Nexus of Gender,
Collectivities, and Law*

One of the most controversial issues in Western democracy today is the
question of belonging and participation. Law plays a pivotal role here.
Recent social conflicts such as those about antidiscrimination
legislation and workers’ rights, the right to the city, the rights of
refugees and asylum-seekers, or the demand for sexual self-determination
bear witness to this dynamic.

Against this background, the conference of the interdisciplinary
Research Group (FOR) focuses on the nexus of law, gender, and
collectivity. We question the efficacy of gendered collectivity in the
context of a hegemonic male-oriented and hetero-normative tradition of
civil law. Based on deeper insights into legally standardized and, at
the same time, gendered collectivization processes, we are interested in
learning how current social conflicts manifest themselves, and how they
can be understood and described in all their complexity.

We look forward to receiving theoretical and empirical contributions,
for instance, from a
jurisprudential, historical, sociological, philosophical, and cultural
anthropological perspective. We invite contributions in the form of
15-minute presentations addressing the following topic areas while
always also factoring in the role of law and taking into consideration
how the issues relate to process of gendering.

I.*/Law – Gender – Knowledge: Spaces and Demarcations/*
Given that juridicial knowledge creates gender as well as other
differentiating and often discriminatory categories such as “race” or
disability, we ask for the grammar and the formats a conflict, a
political discussion, or a problem needs to comply with so that it can
be formulated as a legal problem. How is juridicial and gendered
knowledge (re)produced in legal practice and what epistemic role does
the legal doctrine play here?

To what extent is this knowledge intersectionally gendered? In what
settings are intersectional perspectives sought, both dogmatically and
empirically? We are interested in the boundaries set and encountered by
the law. How do legal practices create gendered spaces and thus also
boundaries? Where does the discussion surrounding law call into question
ontologies of humankind, nature, and technology?

II.*/Collective Strategies: Dynamics and Processes of Collectivization/*
Organizations, groups, processes of communitization, digital networks as
well as looser formations such as social movements use very different
collective strategies to establish capacity to act internally and
externally. We are interested in the practices and factors that
contribute to more or less stable interdependencies, in other words, to
various aggregate states
and intensities of collectives.

What are the models of solidarity and representation that emerge from
these techniques? What are the ways in which law is increasingly and
strategically used – for instance, as a knowledge resource, as an
enforcement mechanism, or as an enabling and imaginary space? How is the
structuring effect of gender normatively utilized?

III.*/Individualization and Collectivization/*
In what ways do tensions between individualization and collectivization
arise and manifest? What kinds of negotiations and formations of
subjectification practices at the interface of law, gender, and
collectivity can be observed? What are the schisms and conflicts that
occur here? How can we understand these negotiations and the possibly
changing figurations of the individual and the collective from a
theoretical point of view?

In this vein, we look forward to receiving contributions
that take into account the figure of the “economically rational
individualism denoted as masculine” as it undergoes historical and
geographical transformation, or that empirically examine
subjectification practices at the interface between law, gender, and

Please send all proposals – title and abstract (max. 300 words) – for
contributions in the formats described above to by January 3, 2020.
Conference language: English
DFG research group Law – Gender – Collectivity

Call for Participation
*Interdisciplinary PhD Students’ Workshop*
July 1, 2020, Freie Universität Berlin, 1.30 – 6.00 p.m.
preceding the conference Law – Gender – Collectivity.
Processes of Standardization, Categorization and Generating Solidarity

Prior to the conference, the DFG Research Group “Law – Gender –
Collectivity” is offering a workshop for PhD students. This half-day
workshop gives young researchers the opportunity to put their current
research projects forward for discussion. We aim to foreground gender as
a central dimension of analysis, and, taking into account different
disciplinary approaches, critically examine it together.

In particular, we would like to pursue the question of how gender is
interwoven with the categories of law (standards, laws, practices,
legislation, or mobilization of the law, etc.) and/or collectivity
(groups, organizations, social movements, etc.) and/or may have an
effect on these, and what research perspectives can be derived from
this. In the contributions, gender should therefore be examined
primarily in relation to at least one of the two categories, and perhaps
also in connection with other categories.

Possible approaches to this include:
– Gendering as a means of facilitating or preventing collectives and/or
collective action
– Creating/eroding solidarity along gendered divisions in social movements
– Gender in processes of legislation/mobilization of the law and/or
– Gender relations and social change

We invite PhD students of all disciplines to share and discuss their
research with us. All
participants who would like to present their research should submit
two-page papers that form the basis for the discussion. These papers
will be sent to all registered participants in advance.

Please send applications for contributions by e-mail to (subject: phD workshop) with the following

– Title of the contribution
– Abstract (max. 300 words)
– Short CV (length of no more than half to one page)

The deadline for contributions is January 3, 2019. If your contribution
is accepted, the deadline for submitting the two-page paper is June 5,
2020. The registration deadline for participants in the discussion who
are not presenting their own paper is also June 5, 2020. We look forward
to receiving your submissions and registrations.

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