Forthcoming events

CPCS@kent Autumn Term Seminar

Gender, Identity and Parenting Culture

Ft. Matilda Gosling and Dr Jennie Bristow






When and Where

Wednesday 8th November 3-5pm GMT

Cornwallis East Seminar Room 1, University of Kent, Canterbury [CESR1 – Maps – University of Kent]

Followed by drinks in the Gulbenkian Cafe

All welcome, free to attend.


We are delighted to welcome Matilda Gosling to present on her research and work about teenagers and gender identity. She will speak particularly about the work she has done to provide resources for parents, and how she sees the demands on and responsibilities of parents, and the response to her work in this area. CPCS Associate Dr Jennie Bristow will offer her thoughts on the wider context in which parenting is cast as a political act. They will each speak for 20-25 minutes, followed by discussion.

Dr Jennie Bristow: Plastic culture and politicised parenting

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Mathilda Gosling: Teenagers and gender identity – the evidence base

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Speakers Bios

Matilda Gosling

Mathilda is a social research consultant with more than 20 years’ experience, including 12 years running an international research consultancy. Her areas of expertise are children and young people, and education and skills. She has researched and co-authored a 3-part series of briefings for the organisation Sex Matters on teenagers and gender identity. She has two forthcoming books with Swift Press about parenting and the evidence base.

Dr Jennie Bristow

Jennie is senior lecturer in sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University and an associate of the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies. She is author of a number of books about generational relations and conflict, including The Corona Generation: coming of age in a crisis (Zer0 books 2020, with Emma Gilland), and Stop Mugging Grandma: the ‘generation wars’ and why Boomer-blaming won’t solve anything (Yale University Press 2019). She is co-author of Parenting Culture Studies (second edition to be published by Palgrave in 2024), and co-editor of Studying Generations: Multidisciplinary perspectives (Bristol University Press 2024).

About the Organiser

The Centre for Parenting Culture Studies (CPCS) is based in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Research at the University of Kent. The Centre is interdisciplinary, and our Associates work in other Schools at Kent, including Law and Psychology, and at other Universities in the UK and internationally.