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'Marriage and Cultural Diversity in the German Empire'

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Project "MARDIV" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
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 Total cost 171˙460 €
 EC max contribution 171˙460 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-19   to  2019-09-18


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 Project objective

How do putatively universalistic norms with global reach relate to politics of diversity and pluralism within national societies? By assessing the legal regulation of marriage and the family, ‘Marriage and Cultural Diversity in the German Empire’ (MARDIV) will advance significantly our understanding of the global diffusion of legal and social norms. The tension between global norms and cultural specificity has come to a head during the first decade of the 21st century. Not only has the presence of Muslim immigrants raised the profile of debates over the diversity of personal status law throughout Europe. The legalisation of same-sex marriage in many European countries has also pointed to a seachange in public views about the family and the role of the state in preserving it. How do legal transplants operate in family law? Can we discern particular patterns of diffusion in specific historical circumstances? And, how do 19th- and early 20th-century developments in family law remain relevant today? MARDIV addresses these questions by scrutinizing the historical roots of recent debates. 19th- and early 20th-century Germany offers a particularly relevant case study because it was a laboratory of both modernity and cultural diversity in which questions of global reach, national identity, regional particularity and local traditions came into especially sharp relief. MARDIV suggests that an understanding of Germany’s past experiences can enable us to better analyse Europe’s present. To this end, the project employs an innovative interdisciplinary methodology linking history and sociology and a novel theoretical framework. The main empirical aims are twofold: to shed light on the historical roots of contemporary European debates about the family, and to reflect on broader processes of the global diffusion of legal and social norms. The primary aim is the PI’s advanced training in historical sociology and project management so she can reach a position of research leadership.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Julia Moses, Julia Woesthoff
Romantic relationships across boundaries: global and comparative perspectives
published pages: 439-465, ISSN: 1081-602X, DOI: 10.1080/1081602x.2019.1634120
The History of the Family 24/3 2020-01-29
2019 Julia Moses and Julia Woesthoff, eds.
Romantic Relationships across Boundaries: Global and Comparative Perspectives, special issue of The History of the Family 24/3 (summer 2019), 234pp.
published pages: 439-673, ISSN: , DOI:
The History of the Family 24/3 2020-01-29
2020 Julia Moses
Foreign Ideas about \'Child Marriage\'?
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Verfassungsblog 2020-01-29
2019 Julia Moses
From faith to race? ‘Mixed marriage’ and the politics of difference in Imperial Germany
published pages: 1-28, ISSN: 1081-602X, DOI: 10.1080/1081602x.2019.1598461
The History of the Family 2020-01-29
2019 Julia Moses
In the Name of ‘the Family’, Past and Present
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History Matters 2020-01-29
2017 Julia Moses
Family politics moves centre stage in Germany ahead of election
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The Conversation 2020-01-29
2018 Julia Moses
The State of Marriage – Progress or Decay?
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History Matters 2020-01-29

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