24 May 2019 - 25 May 2019 All day Webb Library, Jesus College


Registration for this conference is now closed. 



Clare Chambers (University of Cambridge)



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.




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


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


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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


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 / Rice University)

'Minimal Marriage’

15.30 - 16.00


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


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'


Julian Huppert (Director of the Intellectual Forum, Jesus College, and former Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge)

'Legislating for Same Sex Marriage – Process and Unfinished Business'

15.30 - 16.30

Closing discussion, with tea and coffee

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