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    INTACT at Oxford Literary Festival

    I’ll be discussing INTACT at the Oxford Literary Festival on 26th March 2022. You can buy tickets here. Philosopher Clare Chambers argues that it is time for men, women and children to reclaim their bodies and that an unmodified body is a key principle of social and political equality.Chambers ranges across a variety of areas from bodybuilding to makeup, male circumcision, breast implants, motherhood and childbirth. She argues that social pressure to modify your body sends a message that you are not good enough, and it reinforces inequalities of sex, gender, race, disability, age, and class.Chambers is professor of political philosophy and a fellow of Jesus College in Cambridge. She…

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    INTACT at Cambridge Literary Festival

    I’ll be discussing INTACT with Rachel Cunliffe of The New Statesman at the Cambridge Literary Festival on 23 April 2022. You can buy tickets here and watch the event online here. In the hit BBC TV series ‘Fleabag’, a feminist asks a room-full of young women whether they would trade five years of their life for the so-called ‘perfect body’. In this rousing talk, best-selling author and political philosopher Clare Chambers makes a passionate case for why loving the body we were born with is a radical act. Arguing that our choices – even the most personal ones – are not made in a cultural vacuum, Clare illuminates how ingrained…

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    Beyond Marriage: Philosophy, Politics, Law

    I am the convenor of this international and interdisciplinary conference held in Cambridge in May 2019. There have been significant changes to the institution of marriage in recent years, with many countries introducing same-sex marriage, civil partnerships, and other forms of non-traditional union. For some, marriage is a central institution that must be protected, for others it is inevitably unjust and should be abolished. This conference will bring together academics and practitioners from philosophy, politics, and law to debate what lies beyond marriage. The programme includes: Dr Rebecca Steinfeld, claimant in Steinfeld and Keidan v. Secretary of State, “The Equal Civil Partnerships Campaign” Tim Loughton MP, “Equal Civil Partnerships in the House of Commons” Andrew…

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    Against Marriage at Bigg Books

    I’ll be talking on Against Marriage in the Bigg Books speaker series in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne on 20 November 2018. You can find more details here. Clare Chambers is Reader in Political Philosophy at University of Cambridge. She is a political philosopher specializing in feminist philosophy, contemporary liberalism, theories of social justice, and social construction. She will argue for the abolition of state-recognised marriage on the grounds that it violates both equality and liberty, even when expanded to include same-sex couples. Instead she will defend the idea of a the marriage-free state: an egalitarian state in which religious or secular marriages are permitted but have no legal status. Clare Chambers’s award-winning book Against…

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    Against Marriage at Festival of Ideas

    I talked about Against Marriage at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas on Monday 15th October 2018, in the Frankopan Hall of Jesus College, Cambridge. Many states have recently expanded their definition of marriage to allow marriage between same-sex couples: a welcome move towards equality, but does this go far enough? Philosopher Clare Chambers argues for a more extreme position: that the state should not recognise marriage at all. State recognition of marriage, she will argue, is a violation of both equality and liberty – no matter how marriage is redefined. Tickets were sold out and so the talk was live-streamed. You can watch it on youtube here:

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    The Politics of Marriage at LSE Forum

    Marriage is an odd mix of sex, religion, and politics. Our speakers ask what marriage is and whether there is there any distinctive moral value in it. Should the state promote it? Is it possible to have an ‘equal’ marriage, or is marriage fundamentally an oppressive institution? Should marriage be rejected in favour of civil partnerships, or something else, or perhaps nothing else? You can watch a video of the event and listen to the podcast here. Speakers Clare Chambers Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Cambridge Sir Paul Coleridge Former high court judge and Chairman, The Marriage Foundation Peter Tatchell Activist and Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation Chair Sarah…

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    Seminar in Contemporary Political Thought

    Seminar in Contemporary Political Thought Convened by Dr Clare Chambers (Philosophy) and Dr Duncan Bell (POLIS) University of Cambridge Michaelmas Term 2017 All sessions are held on Fridays at 1 – 2.30pm in the Bawden Room of Jesus College. This is in West Court, which can be accessed either via the main entrance of Jesus College or directly from Jesus Lane. Refreshments will be served at the close of formal proceedings. There are no precirculated papers and all are welcome. 6 Oct: Tom Shakespeare, University of East Anglia: “The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: making use of the stilts?” 20 Oct: Avia Pasternak and Jeff Howard,…

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    Seminar in Contemporary Political Thought

    Lent Term 2017 All seminars this term will be held in JESUS COLLEGE, in the Prioress’s Room. Please note that this is NOT the same college as last term. Moreover, long-standing seminar members should not that this is NOT the usual room in Jesus College. The seminar will be signposted. As usual the seminars take place at alternate Fridays at 1pm – 2.30pm, with refreshments served at the close of formal proceedings. There is no pre-circulated paper and all are welcome.  20th Jan: Dana Mills, University of Oxford. “The Dancer of the Future from a Socialist Point of View: Eleanor Marx, Isadora Duncan, and Choreographing Socialist Feminism”3rd Feb: Herjeet Marway, University…

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    Seminar in Contemporary Political Thought

    Seminar in Contemporary Political Thought Michaelmas Term 2016 Convenors: Dr John Filling (Philosophy) and Dr Paul Sagar (POLIS). Seminars will be held in the Audit Room, King’s College   7th October: Dr Timothy Fowler, University of Bristol Political Liberalism, Science, and Faith: The Case of Intelligent Design 21st October: Dr Robert Jubb, University of Reading Civil Disobedience and the Disaggregation of Political Authority 4th November: TBC  18th November: Dr Rebecca Reilly-Cooper, Warwick University The Doctrine of Gender Identity – A Critical Examination

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    Genital Autonomy Conference

    I had a profoundly moving and informative time listening and speaking at the Genital Autonomy 14th Annual Symposium on Changing Global Perceptions: Child Protection & Bodily Autonomy. The Symposium was at Keele University on 14-16 September 2016. You can find details of the Symposium here. My talk was titled “Cultural v. Cosmetic v. Clinical Surgery: Challenging the Distinction.” There is a general consensus in liberal theory, practice, and law that female genital mutilation (FGM) is a violation of rights and justice that should be banned. However, there is no such consensus about male circumcision or cosmetic surgery, including labiaplasty. These practices are legal in most liberal states and there is no general…

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    Seminar in Contemporary Political Thought LT 2016

    All sessions are held in the Coleridge Room of Jesus College, Cambridge at 1-2.30pm. 15th January Ruth Kinna, Loughborough University Anarchist Feminism/Anarchism and Feminism: Waves, Exclusions and Intersections 29th January Catherine Lu, McGill University Reparations and Historic Injustice 12th February Alan Finlayson, University of East Anglia Parody and Political Speech 26th February Mihaela Mihai, University of Edinburgh The Art of Solidarity

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    Seminar in Contemporary Political Thought (MT 2015)

    The seminars will take place on Fridays between 1.00-2.30pm in the Coleridge Room, Jesus College. All are welcome. Convenors: Dr Clare Chambers (Philosophy) and Dr Duncan Bell (POLIS)   9th October Adam Swift, Warwick University, Family Values  23rd October Jonathan Wolff, University College London Forms of Differential Social Inclusion 6th November Marc Stears, University of Oxford & Former Chief Speechwriter for Ed Miliband It’s Not Just the Politics That are Missing:Realist Political Theory and the Everyday  20th November Lea Ypi, London School of Economics Revolutionary Partisanship  

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    David Miller Conference

    I was neither an organiser or paper-giver at this conference for David Miller in May 2015, but I was honoured and delighted to give a toast to David, who supervised my DPhil with Lois McNay. Thanks to Chris Bertram for the photo, and to Dan Butt, Sarah Fine and Zofia Stemplowska for organising the conference.