Lecture for IDAHOT
(International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia)
[Download our event poster as a PDF here]
The personal is political (or why family law needs political philosophy): Religion and transphobia in the courtroom
Professor Aleardo Zanghellini
17 May 2017, 5pm in Lg16 at Canterbury Christ Church University
Abstract: In this paper I discuss a recent Family Court decision in which a parent who transitioned to a different gender after separation was denied direct contact with her children. The reason why the Court rejected the trans parent’s application for a contact order was that, had the children maintained contact with her, they would have been rejected by the fundamentalist Orthodox Jewish community within which they and the cisgender parent live. I critique the soundness of the Court’s decision, including on the ground that it has the effect of ratifying religious transphobia, and I argue that neither the law nor the children’s best interest required this outcome. I also argue that political philosophy can help us understand why.
Bio: Aleardo Zanghellini is Professor of Law and Social Theory at the School of Law, University of Reading. His areas of research interest are law, gender & sexuality; legal philosophy; and law & literature. Prof Zanghellini’s work regularly appears in leading international journals. His 2015 book, The Sexual Constitution of Political Authority, is an analysis of the erotic dimensions of state power, arguing that the disavowal of male same-sex desire has been, and partly remains, central to mainstream understandings of political authority.
Director of INCISE, Professor Bee Scherer spoke at the Canterbury Christ Church University World Mental Health Day 2016 (10 October). Bee addresses Mental Health from a Social Justice perspective, challenges ‘disability discourse as disabling discourse’ and zooms in on Trans Mental health.
14 October starting at 17:45 the Intersectional Centre for Inclusion and Social Justice will officially launch at Canterbury Christ Church University.
After a welcome by the vice-chancellor of the university there will be a keynote by Professor Naomi Goldenberg (University of Ottawa) – Queer Theory meets Critical Religion. The evening will be closed by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
Tickets are available here.
Download as PDF here
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|10-Oct||10am-3pm||World Mental Health Day
Speakers: Yasmin Ishaq (Open Dialogue Specialist), Bee Scherer, Adele Phillips
School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work/INCISE.
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|17-May||5pm||Aleardo Zanghellini Professor of Law and Social Theory at the University of Reading – The personal is political (or why family law needs political philosophy): Religion and transphobia in the courtroom – INCISE IDAHOT lecture (video)||Lg16|
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Dr S.N. Nyeck has joined INCISE today as Visiting Senior Research Fellow.
SN has earned her PhD in Political Science 2013 from the University of California Los Angeles, UCLA.
Her dissertation is titled The Political Economy of Ways and Means: Procurement Contracts and Development in Africa (1620-1919).
SNs areas of interest include
➢ Political Economy of Freedom as Development; Government Outsourcing/Public Procurement; Public Sector Reform; non-State Actors; Public Policy; Governance; Identity; Economics
➢ Sexuality, Religion and Politics, Human Rights (LGBTQI),
SNs expertise lies in public private-partnerships for development with a focus on developing countries (Africa); leadership in multicultural and transnational settings, multicultural communication, public speaking, grantwriting, strategic planning and evaluation, high-level negotiation, policy communication, writing and editing; data analysis (quantitative and qualitative).
Dr Nyeck will add a much needed and very welcome queer African voice to INCISEs intersectional scholarship and projects.
Follow SN on twitter: @DrSNNyeck
Check out her two edited volumes
Public Procurement Reform and Governance in Africa (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016)
Sexual Diversity in Africa: Politics, Theory and Citizenship (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013)