I am really excited to announce that I have been invited to present at the Contemporary Family Geographies Workshop on Thursday 29th January 2015 at the Centre for Human Geography at Brunel University in Uxbridge, West London. According to the organisers, this workshop is one of a series of seminars exploring how geographical research with families – immediate and ex-tended – might illuminate the ways in which these complex social interplays have lasting impacts on individual lives, health, wellbeing and care. The seminars will bring together the diversity of research on family geographies in different cultural and policy contexts. The event I have been invited to speak at, and the first of two, will consist of a combination of paper sessions for presentation of current research and an interactive workshop session for group discussion of key empirical, policy and theoretical advances in the field. In doing so it provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of theoretical and substantive research that pushes the boundaries of existing knowledge on families, health, care and wellbeing. It will also provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and creative discussion. The second event is planned for May 2015 (and I will post more about it when I here more details).
Including my own paper about my PhD research about grandfathering and entitled ‘Exploring gendered care and intergenerational intimacies: the time-space care practices of grandfathers’, there will also be additional presentations from:
Professor Sarah Holloway and Dr Helena Pimlott-Wilson (Loughborough University) New economy, neo-liberal state and professionalized parenting: mothers’ labour market engagement and state support for social reproduction in class-differentiated Britain
Carol-Ann Howson (Brunel University London) Caring in later life: examining the subjective understandings of quality of life of older parent carers of adults with learning disabilities in the UK
Dr Rosie Cox (Birkbeck, University of London) Coping with life and work: au pairs, au parents and childcare
Dr Kate Boyer (Cardiff University) Care, breastfeeding and geographies of comfort and discomfort
Dr Nicola Ansell (Brunel University London) Family-making and wellbeing in southern Africa: the outcomes of marriage decisions among rural youth.
Booking for the seminar is still available and to reserve a place for the day, you can email organisers John Barker (john.barker[at]brunel.ac.uk) and Emma Wainwright (emma.wainwright[at]brunel.ac.uk). I hope to make my presentation available following the event via my Academia.edu page.