In thinking about law, gender and sexuality (LGS) as a field, at first I struggled with the conception of a field. What counts as a field of scholarship? What’s the difference between a discipline and a field, or between a body and a field? Intuitively I think of a field as less than a discipline and more than a body of scholarship. For me, a field connotes an area of research and teaching, rather than a disciplinary mode of knowledge production, or a collection of academic scholarship. So if fields feed and evaluate the scholarship they produce, what is useful or good about being a field? Moreover, is ‘fieldness’ a quality of LGS?
In thinking this through, the primary image of a field that came to mind was that of an agricultural field. As I visualised green fields with crops and animals it became clearer that there were different kinds of fields even as they all produce new entities which take on a life of their own. I could think of fields as needing things like rest and food in...
KeywordsCritical Practice Cluster Workshop Distinct Logic Compulsory Heterosexuality Feminist Legal Study
Thanks to Rosemary Hunter for her helpful feedback on an earlier version, to Davina Cooper for her stimulating questions, and to the participants at the roundtable for their insightful comments.
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