BODY AND LEGAL PRESENTATION IN THE 20th century
We are currently experiencing a change in marriage and family law in Europe, which gives more respect to same-sex partnerships. It is actually a highly private issue who wants to live with whom. But the traditions and ideals of religious or national groups are closely linked to marriage and family law. This is why this issue is causing great controversy. In the verbal and pictorial debate it is sometimes difficult to see how we build on very specific social functions of bodies, sexuality and family in a natural manner.
In a research project, I use a historical example to examine how strongly the marriage law can be shaped by national ideas and how it is adapted to a state population policy. As early as 1939, paper marriages were made a punishable offence in Switzerland. The French writer Sacha Guitry brought this topic, which was also explosive in France, to the cinemas in a social satire that same year.
Schweizerin durch Ehe. Flüchtlinge aus dem Deutschen Reich und andere Frauen unter Verdacht der "Scheinehe", in: Grenzüberschreitungen. Migrantinnen und Migranten als Akteure im 20. Jh.
(Loose translation: "Swiss woman by marriage. Refugees from the German Reich and other women suspected of "sham marriages", in: Grenzüberschreitungen. Migrants as actors in the 20th century.")
- Grenzüberschreitungen. Migrantinnen und Migranten als Akteure im 20. Jahrhundert
(Loose translation: "Crossing Borders. Migrants as actors in the 20th century, University of Bern, February 2018.)
- The Way Out. Microhistories of Flight from Nazi Germany, Luxembourg Centrefor Contemporary and Digital History, University of Luxembourg, Jan. 2018.
- Society for Exile Research, Annual Conference, University of Saarbrücken, March 2017.