First Annual FamLaPP Conference 4-6 October 2018 in Aalborg/Denmark
The Nordic Centre for the Study of Family Law, Practices and Policies (FamLaPP) at Aalborg University, Denmark, just concluded its first annual conference, October 6-8, 2018 in Aalborg. FamLaPP is organized by Professors Marianne Holdgaard (Aalborg) and Terje Stordalen (Oslo/Aalborg), and further information on the Centre can be found by clicking here.
The conference coincided with the 10th anniversary celebration of the Institute of Law of the University of Aalborg, at which the newly appointed AAU Distinguished professor Nancy Dowd (University of Florida) and Honorary Professor Jens M. Scherpe (University of Cambridge) gave their inaugural lectures. Dowd spoke on “Equality, Equity, Dignity” and presented on her new book “Reimagining Equality: A New Deal for Children of Color”, Scherpe’s lecture was entitled “The Present and Future of Parent-Child Relationships”. Both of them will be working closels with FamLaPP in the future.
The conference was attended by leading family scholars from throughout the Nordic hemisphere, each one presenting their intellectual biography and current projects, as a way of linking and connecting the scholars in the room to begin the process of scholarly exchange and mutual support that is a key goal of FamLaPP. The participants (a full list is included below) represent not only most of the Nordic jurisdictions, but also have expertise in a broad range of topics including family law, child law, human rights law, social welfare law, social studies, political science, anthropology, cultural studies and comparative research. At the opening of the conference, the FamLaPP research was presented by Holdgaard and Stordalen as well asProfessors Bettina Lemann Kristiansen (Aarhus University) and Bodil Selmer ( Aarhus University). Short papers were then offered by Eva Ryrstedt (Lund University), Tone Lin Wærstad (University of Oslo), Annika Rejmer (Uppsala University), Hrefna Fri∂riksdottir (University of Iceland), Joanna Schiratzki ((Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Stockholm ); Wouter de Tavernier, (Aalborg University), and Thomas Eeg (University of Bergen).
Another aim of FamLaPP is to mentor and support young scholars. Five of them (Erik Magi, Gothenburg University; Marie Göransson, Lund University; Katrine Fredwall, University of Oslo; Jose Maria Lorenzo Villaverde, Brussels; and Frank Høgholm Pedersen, University of Copenhagen) gave presentations and received constructive critique and, nurturing the cross disciplinary interaction so essential to the FamLaPP vision.
This first gathering of experts laid a foundation for the future work of this Nordic Centre. While exploring the family laws all the Nordic countries and promoting comparison within, the centre will also look outward and include comparisons with the EU and non-EU countries; FamLaPP expressly aims to work for interdisciplinarity and work across disciplines. It understands itself as a facilitator and network of researchers in family matters and is open to co-operations with researchers from around the globe. It is also envisaged that it will provide the basis for a publication series on family relations.
If you are interested in more information about FamLaPP or would like to join the group, please send an email to the administrative coordinator of the network, Maria Hjeds firstname.lastname@example.org.