Beyond Marriage: Philosophy, Politics, Law

24 May 2019 - 25 May 2019

Webb Library, Jesus College

Registration for this conference is now open. Fees for will be £40 (full fee) or £25 (student / unwaged) and are inclusive of lunches and refreshments. One-day registration is also available.  

 

Convenor

Clare Chambers (University of Cambridge)

 

Summary 

There have been significant changes to the institution of marriage in recent years, with many countries introducing same-sex marriage, civil partnerships, and other forms of non-traditional union. For some, marriage is a central institution that must be protected, for others it is inevitably unjust and should be abolished.

This conference will bring together academics and practitioners from philosophy, politics, and law to debate what lies beyond marriage.

 

Sponsors

                 

Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), the University of Cambridge's Faculty of Philosophy, Jesus College, and the Political Studies Association. 

 

Administrative assistance: conferences@crassh.cam.ac.uk

 

Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange or book accommodation for registrants. The following websites may be of help:

Day 1 - Friday 24 May

10.00 - 10.30

Registration, tea and coffee

10.30 - 12.30

Session 1: Beyond Christianity, Beyond Monogamy

Chair: Jude Browne (Centre for Gender Studies, University of Cambridge)

 

Lori Watson (Philosophy, San Diego University)

'Polygamy and Equality'

 

Samia Bano (Law, SOAS)

'Muslim Marriage in the UK'

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

13.30 - 15.30

Session 2: Beyond Existing Paradigms

Chair: Ralph Wedgwood (Philosophy, University of Southern California)


Clare Chambers (Philosophy, University of Cambridge)

'The Marriage-Free State'


Elizabeth Brake (Philosophy, Arizona State University)

'Minimal Marriage’

15.30 - 16.00

Break

16.00 - 18.00

Session 3: Beyond Civil Partnerships

Chair: Findlay Stark (Law, University of Cambridge)
 

Jo Miles (Law, University of Cambridge)

'Against Civil Partnership'

 

Robert Wintemute (Law, King’s College London)

'Equal Choices for All Couples: From Same-Sex Civil Partnership to Equal Marriage to Steinfeld & Keidan'

18.00 - 19.00

Drinks Reception

Day 2 - Saturday 25 May

10.00 - 10.30

Registration, tea and coffee

10.30 - 12.30

Session 4: Creating Equal Civil Partnerships in the UK

Chair: Tom Dougherty (Philosophy, University of Cambridge)

 

Rebecca Steinfeld (Claimant in Steinfeld and Keidan v. Secretary of State)

'The Equal Civil Partnerships Campaign'

 

Tim Loughton MP (Conservative, East Worthing & Shoreham)

'Equal Civil Partnerships in the House of Commons'

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

13.30 - 15.30

Session 5: Political Perspectives

Chair: Clare Chambers (Philosophy, University of Cambridge)

 

Andrew Harrop (General Secretary, Fabian Society)

'Marriage and the Left'

 

Baroness Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrat, former Minister of State)

'The true story of same sex marriage - it wasn’t David Cameron it was me!'

15.30 - 16.30

Closing discussion, with tea and coffee