Davina Cooper: What if the State No Longer Sexed Us?

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 12:30

Farris Hall (Room 122) 

The Centre for Feminist Legal Studies Presents: "Davina Cooper: What if the State No Longer Sexed Us?". The political implications of abandoning a regime of assigned sex/gender status. 

Are there good reasons to retain a system in which people have a formal legal sex/gender? What might change involve? What are the challenges, risks and benefits of radical reform? This talk draws on a British feminist law reform project, currently in its second year, to explore these questions. It approaches decertification from two primary angles: the politics of moving from gender-as-identity to gender-asnetwork; and the politics of prefiguring what the law could be.

Davina Cooper is a Research Professor in Law & Political Theory at Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. From 2004-2009, she directed the AHRC Research Centre in Law, Gender & Sexuality. She has written about gender, the state, and the politics of concepts for over 25 years. Her books include: Everyday Utopias: The Conceptual Life of Promising Spaces (Duke, 2014) and Feeling like a State: Desire, Denial and the Recasting of Authority (Duke, 2019). 

Lunch will be provided.

We would be grateful if you would RSVP at cfls@allard.ubc.ca.