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14 Dec. 2017 -
11:15 - 12:15
St Jorishof, Korte Spinhuissteeg 3
Conference Room
Free entrance

‘Uncoupling’ Family Law

NIAS Seminar

Frederik Swennen on which practice-sensitive legal recognition and regulation (if any) are desirable to accommodate relationships between adults that go over the lines of sexuality, coupledom and/or a household.

About the Seminar

Adult unions are currently visible in family law only insofar they meet the markers of the Sexual Family, of being domestic, dyadic and sexual in nature. This seminar, by contrast, sets out to explore unfamiliar adult unions, that are nomadic, polyadic, and/or platonic. It puts to the test the claim that unfamiliar adult unions are actually familial in nature, and that the adults involved in them claim recognition as such in family law. The seminar’s objective is to discuss multi-method qualitative research results that demonstrate that shared domesticity is not necessarily familial, and that familiality does exist in non-domestic, non-dyadic and non-sexual amorous assemblages. Domestic unions hence claim recognition as being non-familial, whereas amorous unions desire their qualification as familial. Nonetheless, much suffusion and ambiguity exist.

The ‘domestic family’ not being a suitable alternative for the Sexual Family, in which ways could and should family then accommodate queer intimacies?

About NIAS Seminars

NIAS Seminars are aimed to stimulate scientific cross-pollination within the NIAS academic community, but seminars are open to others who are interested. Please  if you wish to attend.