Gender Justice Workshop
This symposium brings together scholars and activists to consider the predicament and the promise pivoting around gender politics as grounded in cultures and societies from a variety of disciplines and international contexts. We hope to excavate the promises of gender justice with our full recognition of the discourses and practices of asymmetrical power within which the subject is contemplated within activist and scholarly circles. The symposium covers a vast array of engagements with the intertwined culture and politics to expound the ways in which law, citizenship, tradition, and modernity and the challenges they constitute in achieving gender equilibrium. We heed the lessons of anthropologist Aiwa Ong who extended the invitation to rethink gender justice beyond neoliberal rights-based conceptualization, popular among humanitarian organizations, neoliberals, and feminists. Given the complexity of the topic’s location at the heart of the most protracted philosophical, political, historical, legal, and anthropological conundrums, we reflect on the issues that have forced us to grapple with definitions, typologies, foundations of justice, cultural norms, tracing linkages, and circularities within different regimes of knowledge and legal practices among other debates circulating in neoliberal and development logic. Gender justice as a concept will be explicated within the following outlines: the predicament of gender between the persistent and contrasting epistemics of tradition and modernity, and locating the parameters of justice as situated within different contexts and situations. Both theoretical and practical presentations addressing this range of subjects will be included as we reflect on the persistent absence of equality in the third millennium and ponder the road ahead.