EUROPE’S NEW MIGRANTS: MARRIAGE PRACTICES AND POLICIES

16th – 18th April 2018

This is an interdisciplinary conference hosted at the University of Birmingham bringing together policy makers and practitioners as well as scholars in Law, Islamic/Religious Studies, Anthropology and Sociology. The conference has three main aims:

  • To demonstrate the complex nature of Muslim marriage practices and their constant evolution alongside political and sectarian tensions and cultural developments
  • To initiate international academic research on Muslim marriage practices among Europe’s new migrants
  • To enhance public and academic understanding of the issues and debates surrounding marriage practices through offering comparative insights into and discussions on various marriage forms and their legal, religious and social impact across various European countries.

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SOCIO-LEGAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION (SLSA) ANNUAL CONFERENCE

27th – 29th March 2018

INSRUM Panel – Marriage formalities
Family Law Stream – Session 3
9am-10.30
Wednesday 28 March 2018
Marriage Formalities

Chair: Annika Newnham

  • Rebecca Probert and Stephanie Pywell, “Not religious in nature”: what registrars will permit in civil marriage ceremonies
  • Rajnaara Akhtar, Liminality: Unregistered Muslim Marriages as Signs of Integration
  • Vishal Vora, Meaningful marriage ceremonies, failures to comply with the formalities of the Marriage Act 1949, a case for reform
  • Sharon Thompson and Russell Sandberg, Feminist Relational Contract Theory (FRCT): A New Approach to the ‘Minorities within Minorities’ Debate

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RELIGIOUS MARRIAGES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE

20th – 21st March 2018

Recently unregistered religious marriages have gone through a revival, proving also to be a useful vehicle for addressing mismatches between state legislation and the matrimonial strategies of couples. Thus the Mediterranean, a point of both intersection and mixing where ideas about the ‘West’ and its ‘other’, are re-produced and transformed, has witnessed how these transitions resulted in either a tense relationship between marriages regulated by formal, state laws and religious marriages celebrated according to informal, religious norms, or on the other end of the spectrum, civil marriages and (certain) religious marriages living harmoniously side-by-side and at times also being considered synonymous.

This multidisciplinary conference seeks to bring together researchers who have engaged in research on religious marriages in the Mediterranean. Papers may focus on, but are not limited to, one or more of the following themes:

  • Exploring the legal and social interaction between religious and civil marriages in the Mediterranean, whether contemporary or historical perspective (colonial and postcolonial).
  • Investigating the non-apparent connections between different religions within and without marriage legislation (Sunni, Shia, Catholic, Orthodox, Coptic, Jewish, Hindu…), including papers on mixed marriages.
  • How human/civil rights discourses blend and/or conflict with other forms of theological, moral and/or customary discourses on religious marriages.
  • Diverse ways of concluding and/or celebrating religious marriages in the Mediterranean.
  • Problematization and politicization of religious marriages in the Mediterranean.

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SYMPOSIUM ON THE AGENCY OF MUSLIM WOMEN IN THE AUSTRALIAN CONTEXT

21st – 22nd February 2018

This Symposium aims to take an in- depth and exclusive look at the role and agency of Muslim Women in the Australian context. It will bring together leading academics and activists to examine the various areas that both affect Muslim women and in which Muslim women are active agents, leaders and participants. In bringing together scholars from disciplines including law, sociology, Islamic studies, philosophy and theology, the Symposium will exhibit the experiences and challenges of Muslim women, identifying gaps for improvement.
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WORKSHOP GLOBAL DYNAMICS OF SHIA MARRIAGES

24th – 25th August 2017

Organised, alongside Yafa Shanneik of the University of Birmingham, this is a workshop on ‘Global dynamics of Shia Marriages’ at the University of Amsterdam.
The deadline for paper proposals is 1 October 2016.
See our call for papers: CFP workshop shia marriages
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INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF FAMILY LAW WORLD CONFERENCE

25th – 29th July 2017

16th ISFL World Congress entitled ‘Family Law and Family Realities’ is dedicated to the subject of  whether existing national family laws adequately reflect the rapidly changing realities of family life. This conference will be hosted at the Vrije University in Amsterdam.
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UNREGISTERED MUSLIM MARRIAGE: REGULATIONS AND CONTESTATIONS

24th – 25th April 2017

A two-day international multidisciplinary symposium bringing together researchers engaged in concrete empirical research on unregistered marriages. This event took place at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, and was a collaboration between Dr Rajnaara Akhtar and Professor Annelies Moors.
For full details of the symposium please click the following link: www.dmu.ac.uk/umm
For more details on the work of Professor Annelies Moors please click the following: Muslim Marriages project