Forthcoming events


These twice-termly events are designed as a space for colleagues in and around Kent to come together to discuss parenting culture. We hope that they will foster some interesting cross-disciplinary conversation, and lead to collaborative events in the future.

Events this term

1. Film screening: ‘Birthday Parents’

Tuesday 12th March, 5-7pm, UCL: SSRU Seminar room (18 Woburn Square, London WC1H 0NR).

Drinks and nibbles provided by the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Department of Social Science, UCL

The fictional short film Birthday Parents communicates the outcomes of the research project, “Parenting Cultures and Risk Management in Plural Norway”, led by CPCS Associate Professor Hilde Danielsen. The film Birthday Parents directed by accomplished artist Savas Boyraz,  was made in close cooperation with the researchers Danielsen, Bendixsen and Sundsbø. Boyraz grew up in Instabul and has his art education from Sweden, giving him an outsider perspective on the phenomenon of birthdays. 

The project sheds light on some of the challenges for parents in ’plural’ Norway, by concentrating on the organization of birthday parties. While being a seemingly innocent gathering for children, birthday parties are an important platform upon which many of the social and political aspects of parenting and upbringing, negotiations of private and public, are imagined and performed.

The film lasts for 20 minutes and has subtitles in Norwegian, English and Arabic. A Q and A with Professor Hilde Danielsen will follow the screening. 

Please RSVP to c.faircloth AT so we have an idea of numbers – all welcome! 

2. The Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Reproduction and Kent Law School are supporting half day event:

Disruptive Technologies: Fertility control pills in the past, present and future

Wednesday 20th March 2019

Time: 12pm-6:30pm

Venue: Moot Chamber, Wigoder Building, Kent Law School, University of Kent.

This event comprises a set of discussions on the historical aspects and social impact of fertility control technology. Panel discussions will cover the contraceptive pill, the ECP (Emergency Contraceptive Pill), and EMA (Early Medical Abortion). University of Kent researchers will be joined by writers and campaigners including Dr Lara Marks, author of Sexual Chemistry: A History of the Contraceptive Pill, British Pregnancy Advisory Service’s Director of External Affairs Clare Murphy, and Dr Goretti Horgan from Ulster University. This event is open to all and FREE to attend but you need to book a place in advance. The afternoon’s discussion will be followed by drinks.

For more details and to sign up for tickets please follow the link. 

For any more information about the day please contact Verity Pooke at