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Conference: Ties that Bind: Marriage, Cultural Norms and the Law, c. 1750 to the present

October 18, 2013 - October 19, 2013

This workshop traces relations between modern states and the family by comparing marital regimes and practices across the globe over the last two centuries. It seeks to highlight the various mechanisms, such as local and national legislation, empire, international organisations and transnational migration, which fostered legal and cultural norms within and across national boundaries. Papers will also reflect upon popular responses to, as well as legal, social-scientific and scientific discourse about, attempts to govern the family. The workshop aims to situate the regulation of marriage and the family against a transnational context, showing how marital matters were intimately connected to broader issues of civil status and national belonging. The event will feature papers by participants from North America, the UK and Europe presenting on various geographical regions and time periods.

For inquiries, please contact the organiser: Dr Julia Moses, Sheffield


Friday, 18 October 

5.00 p.m. 


Dr Julia Moses, Sheffield


Professor Mary Vincent, Sheffield

5.15 p.m. Keynote Lecture 

‘How History Matters to Same-Sex Marriage Rights in the U.S.’

Professor Nancy Cott, Harvard

6.30 p.m. 


7.30 p.m.

Workshop Dinner

Saturday, 19 October 

10.00 a.m. Panel I

Chair: Professor Mary Vincent, Sheffield

‘Human dignity, family rights, and same-sex marriage in Brazil, 1988-2013′

Professor Sueann Caulfield, Michigan

‘Ties that Bind … or do Not: Bigamy in Canada’ Dr Mélanie Methot, Alberta

11.15 a.m. 


11.45 a.m. Panel II

Chair: Professor Clare Midgley, Sheffield Hallam

‘Regulating Marriage, Reproducing Society: The socio- political world of legal reform in late-colonial India’

Dr Leigh Denault, Cambridge

‘When are we married? Exporting the common law of marriage across the Empire’

Professor Rebecca Probert, Warwick

‘Code Switching: Mixed Marriage and the Corporealization of Law in French Algeria’

Dr Judith Surkis, Rutgers

1.30 p.m. 


2.30 p.m. Panel III 

Chair: Dr Miriam Dobson, Sheffield

‘From legal diversity to centralization: marriage and wealth in nineteenth-century Greece’

Dr Evdoxios Doxiadis, Simon Fraser University

‘The prohibition of Catholic remarriage in Austria during the 19th and 20th centuries’

Dr Ulrike Harmat, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften

‘Loose Ties: Marriage, Minorities and the Boundaries of Empire in Germany’

Dr Julia Moses, Sheffield

4.15 p.m.


4.45 p.m. 

Closing Roundtable Discussion

This workshop has been supported with the generous funding of the AHRC and the Department of History at the University of Sheffield. 




October 18, 2013
October 19, 2013
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Dr Julia Moses


Humanities Research Institute
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Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 7QY United Kingdom
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