We have two forums this term:

1. Intensive parenting: an Anglo-American problem?

Wednesday 28 February, 2-4pm

Venue: Cornwallis NW, Seminar Room 4 

Introduction: Tina Haux, Lecturer in Quantitative Social Policy, SSPSSR

Chaired by Jennie Bristow, senior lecturer in sociology, CCCU, author, The Sociology of Generations (Palgrave, 2017)

The new book Achtung Baby: the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children has received a lot of recent media coverage. Written by America author Sara Zaske, it positively contrasts German attitudes to childhood, and parenting, to those said to dominate US culture. Coverage in the UK press suggests some think the British could similarly learn a great deal from Germany. All welcome for this discussion about ‘intensive parenting’ in comparative perspective.

Suggested Reading:

Achtung Baby: the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children (via this link you can listen to the author talking about the book)

USA Today article

The Times article

Jennie Bristow, ‘Helicopter or hands-off: today’s parents can’t seem to win’, The Conversation

Jennie Bristow, The Double Bind of Parenting Culture: Helicopter Parents and Cotton Wool Kids’ (book chapter)

*** Please note that this event has been cancelled due to planned Industrial action affecting universities, including the University of Kent. Please contact us if you were planning to attend e.j.leeATkent.ac.uk***

2. Abortion in Britain: past, present and future

Wednesday 21st March, from 1.30pm

Venue: Wigoder Building, University of Kent, Canterbury

Marking the 50th Anniversary of the passage and implementation of the Abortion Act 1967, CPCS has organised an afternoon of discussion, together with Kent’s Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Reproduction (CISoR). All Welcome.

1.30-2pm Tea and Coffee

2-3.15pm ‘Kind to Women: how the 1967 Abortion Act changed our lives’

Film show and Q and A with film director, Jayne Kavanagh (UCL Medical School)

About the film:

The passing of the 1967 Abortion Act was a pivotal moment for women’s health and women’s lives. The culmination of decades of campaigning, it finally ended the horror of deaths from self-induced and backstreet abortions. It precipitated the public funding of contraception for all and meant that, finally, women were able to choose when and whether to have children. In this moving documentary, women who survived illegal abortion and the nurses who picked up the pieces when things went wrong, and campaigning doctors and abortion rights advocates share vivid memories of the time; and bring to life the story of this ground breaking legislation and of a historic turning point for women’s rights.

‘…bringing the real life experience of women to the forefront of the discussion in such a gripping way. Congratulations on an excellent piece of work…’ ‘Shed some tears. Admire the bravery of the participants’

‘Extremely powerful and empowering.’

3.30-5pm ‘The future of abortion: the case for decriminalisation’
Discussion with opening comments from Professor Sally Sheldon (Kent Law School) and Ann Furedi, CEO, British Pregnancy Advisory Service and author, The Moral Case for Abortion.

5-6pm Drinks Reception, and met the author, with Ann Furedi

This event is free to attend but please book here