Public debates over the legalization of same-sex marriage have contained little or no critical interrogation of the institution of marriage itself. Feminist critiques of marriage, once widespread in academia, have been silenced by the difficulty of interjecting in an argument strongly shaped by discourses of love, and where the premise of the dispute itself is delimited by a framing that understands marriage as an unquestioned good that should either be protected in its 'traditional' form or available to all couples. But how could feminists radically rethink marriage? What is at stake (politically, materially, affectively) in such an endeavour? What would "rethinking marriage" look like?
This two day workshop seeks to bring together feminist scholars working across disciplines to radically rethink law(s) of and around marriage. We seek papers tha offer an engaged analysis and re-imagining of marriage within law, attending to the complexities of its racial, sexual, gendered, class and colonial effects. Abstracts may engage any of the following (or other) broad themes:
-Alternative property regimes
-the 'Beyond Marriage' movement
-Sovereignty and/or decolonization
-Marriage and wealth
We ask that abstracts (1) identify a specific case, statute or key article and/or debate from the literature and (2) offer a re-thinking, new interpretation or rewriting: How could we decide a case or interpret a statute differently? Is it even possible to (re)imagine its transformative potentiality? How could we fill gaps in the key articles or debates, in ways that fundamentally challenge the existing legal institution of marriage? Is there a feminist alternative to marriage?
Submissions are encouraged from scholars, activists and artists, and are not limited to traditional academic papers.
Once we have abstracts, we will apply to hold the workshop at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (Onati, Spain). If this is not possible, it will be held at the University of Kent's campus in Paris.
Please send a 500 word abstract and title, along with affiliations and a short bibliography in a Word document to Suzanne Lenon (email@example.com) and Nicola Barker (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 20, 2013.
Dept. of Women & Gender Studies
University of Lethbridge
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