Queer Inheritance, Kinship, Law

Birmingham Law School Room G5
Thursday 4 December 2014 (15:00-17:00)

An Afternoon Research Seminar

The contributions to this afternoon research seminar will explore socio-legal understandings of wills and inheritance through a gender and sexuality lens, exploring the critical interface between understandings of queer kinship and ‘families of choice’, and emerging understandings from research into lesbian and gay wills about the ways that queer inheritance practices cut across biological and ‘chosen’ kinship networks. The workshop will explore new empirical data about how lesbian and gay wills challenge, construct and conform to normative kinship relations and expectations.


‘Gay Care Relations and Inheritance’
Antu Sorainen (University of Helsinki, Finland and Visiting Scholar, Birmingham Law School)

‘Inheritance families/Inheritance friends?’
Daniel Monk (School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London)

‘Older lesbian and gay constructions of kinship in succession law’
Sue Westwood
(School of Health Sciences, University of Surrey)

‘Queer(y)ing Statutory Wills: Constructing normative familial relations?’
Rosie Harding (Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham)

Refreshments Provided, All Welcome!

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