Zylan Presents Paper, Chairs Panel at Law and Society Conference

Yvonne Zylan
Yvonne Zylan

Associate Professor of Sociology Yvonne Zylan presented a paper at this year’s Law and Society Association’s annual meetings held in Honolulu, Hawai’i, June 5-8.  The theme of the conference was “Sociolegal Conversations across a Sea of Islands.” 


She gave the paper “The Salacious State: Postmodern Patriarchy and the Enforcement of the Marriage Contract” on a panel called Care and Autonomy in the Age of Austerity: Protest and Sexuality.  The paper examined two American legislative enactments from 1996: the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the Personal Responsibility, Work Opportunity, and Reconciliation Act (PRWORA).


Zylan argued that these two pieces of legislation functioned as a policy assemblage, signaling the emergence of a form of policymaking that violates traditional distinctions between regulative and redistributive policies; and which produced a discourse emphasizing the unruliness of male sexuality.


In addition, Zylan chaired a panel on Rights Mobilization: Inside and Out of the Courtroom, and served as a reader on an “Author Meets Reader” session discussing UBC Faculty of Law Professor Fiona Kelly’s book, Transforming Law's Family: the Legal Regulation of Planned Lesbian Motherhood.


The LSA’s website describes the organization this way:
The Law and Society Association, founded in 1964, is a group of scholars from many fields and countries, interested in the place of law in social, political, economic and cultural life. 

Members bring training in law, sociology, political science, psychology, anthropology, economics, and history as well as in other related areas to the study of sociolegal phenomena.

Among its activities, the Association publishes the Law & Society Review, sponsors annual conferences and educational workshops, and fosters the development of academic programs in law and society around the world. For students and new scholars, the Association encourages participation in its workshops and mentorship program.

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