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Summer Research Series: Royal Divorce - Taking Melodramas Seriously

Venue: Online, Online

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The matrimonial affairs of the royal family have always been both a matter of State and a source of intrigue: melodramas that reveal something beyond the individual facts. They have attracted the attention of political and constitutional theorists and historians and tabloid journalists, gossips, cartoonists and hagiographers. My research explores how these stories provide a rich perspective for thinking about changes and continuities in and the connections between the institutions of marriage and the monarchy. While identifying the significance of royal divorces throughout British history, the main focus is on the post-WWII period to the present - the period just before and after the Divorce Reform Act 1969. While stories of Princes and Princesses I want to think about how royal divorces are important moments of social and legal history.

Professor Daniel Monk is a Professor of Law at Birkbeck.


School of Law Summer Research Series

This event is part of a series of live online events hosted by Birkbeck's School of Law over the coming weeks, showcasing the wide range of research undertaken by the Departments of Law and Criminology, as well as the Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research (ICPR).

The Summer Research Series will feature a number of researchers sharing their latest research with the public through live webinars.

You can sign-up to the events using the links below. Links to access the events will be sent out in due course. The events will be hosted using the free to access website Blackboard Collaborate.

Thursday 20th August Decision-making in the Court of Protection ‘needs a human element’: Provisional empirical findings from the Judging Values Project (Rebecca Stickler)

Monday 24th August Financial stability vs private law? (Dr Guido Comparato)

Thursday 27th August The ‘Facing all the Facts Project’ - understanding and improving the hate crime reporting and recording 'system' in Europe (Joanna Perry)

Monday 31st August The paradoxes of the right of peoples to self-determination: from Marx, Engels and Lenin to the Chagos Islanders Case in 2019 (Professor Bill Bowring)

Thursday 10th September A Passion for Ignorance (Professor Renata Salecl)

Thursday 24th September Policy and Resistance (Dr Rachael Dobson)

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