EVENT: Birkbeck – From Civil Partnership to Same-Sex Marriage 2004-2014: An Interdisciplinary Workshop

Posted December 5th, 2013 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The Civil Partnership Act 2004 and the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 are important legal, social and historical landmarks. For beyond their practical implications, same-sex relationship recognition, throughout the western world, has become a key site of political contestation rich in symbolic, material and cultural meanings. While fiercely opposed by many, within mainstream narratives they are often represented as a victory in a legal reform process that commenced with the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Yet, at the same time, for others they represent a problematic and ambivalent political engagement with the institution of marriage. Consequently, understood and labelled as ‘revolutionary’, ‘progressive’ and ‘conservative’ these reforms provide a space for thinking about issues that arguably affect everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or relationship status.’

Date: 17th-18th January 2014

Location: 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

Charge: Free, registration required

More information can be found here.