Visiting Fellows

We welcome international colleagues with an interest in spending time at the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies in Kent, as well as other associates across the UK. Please contact Ellie Lee if you are interested in becoming a visiting fellow. 

Previous visitors

Linda Blum PhD (Visiting Fellow October 2015) is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University in Boston who studies persistence, change, and contradictions in contemporary gender relations. Her interests include: Gender, Medicine, and the Body; Work, Family, and Intersections of Gender, Race, and Class Inequality; Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods; and Feminist Theory and Methods. She began her sociological career researching and writing on women’s grassroots movements for comparable pay, but has since developed a focus on ideologies of motherhood in the United States, how they judge fit and unfit, respectable and disreputable, and measure mothers against each other in ways that reinforce class and race inequality. She is the author ofBetween Feminism and Labor: The Significance of the Comparable Worth Movement (1991, University of California Press); At the Breast: Ideologies of Breastfeeding and Motherhood in the Contemporary United States (1999, Beacon); and Raising Generation Rx: Mothering Kids with Invisible Disabilities in an Age of Inequality (2015, NYU Press).  Currently she is interested in collaborating on cross-national comparisons of the medicalization of childhood and childrearing, cultures of mother-blame, and emerging counter-discourses of neurodiversity.

Details of the talks Linda gave during her visit can be found here

Synnøve Bendixsen (Visiting Fellow Spring 2016) is postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, and a researcher at Uni Rokkansenteret on the project “Parenting cultures and risk management in plural Norway”.Currently she works on irregular migrants and their access to health, as well as on political mobilization of irregular migrants in Norway. In 2010 Bendixsen defended her PhD thesis in Social Anthropology at Humboldt Universität (Berlin)/ Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) (co-tutelle) on Muslim youth and religiosity in Germany. She has worked as a consultant for International Migration and Urbanization at UNESCO, as a lecturer at the University of Kurdistan – Hewler (North Iraq), and been a visiting fellow at COMPAS, University of Oxford. Bendixsen is the co-editor in chief of the Nordic Journal of Migration Research. Since 2014 she is the Director of IMER Bergen. Bendixsen has published a number of articles and book chapters on irregular migrants and on Muslims in Europe, including “The Religious Identity of Young Muslim Women in Berlin. An Ethnographic Study.” (2013) by Brill publisher.

Hilde Danielsen (Visiting Fellow Spring 2016) is Doctor in  Cultural Studies and Senior researcher at Uni Research Rokkan Centre in Bergen, Norway. Her research focuses on family-life, sexuality and intimacy,  gender-equality, urban living, social movements and everyday-life. Hilde is currently working on the project Parenting cultures and risk management in plural Norway in collaboration with CPCS.

Vicki Harman (Visiting Fellow June 2016) is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Royal Holloway, University of London. Vicki’s research interests include family life in contemporary Britain, gender, social class and ethnicity. Recent projects have focused on families and food, including children’s lunchboxes and feeding the family in times of austerity. With Benedetta Cappellini (Royal Holloway) Vicki is the author of ‘Mothers on Display: Lunchboxes, Social Class and Moral Accountability’ published in Sociology (August, 2015). Vicki is also the co-editor of Mothering, Mixed Families and Racialised Boundaries (Routledge, 2014).

We were delighted to welcome Joan Wolf, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas A&M University, as our first international Visitor to the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies. During her stay over the first two weeks of February 2013 Joan participated in a range of discussions involving Centre Associates, and got to know more about our work. The focal point of her visit was an Open Lecture she gave at the University of Kent to a full lecture theatre. You can watch the lecture in full here. The questions and discussion are posted here. You can read coverage of Joan’s lecture in spikedThe ObserverThe Independent The New Statesman Mumsnet and listen to her on Radio 5 live (1 h 55m) There was also further coverage in: ‘The witches of breast milk need to back off’, Live chat, ‘Is breast best?’ and  ‘Breast is best. Or is it?’ (with comment by Ellie Lee) Joan’s book is now available in paperback, and the facebook page is here

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