Previous events

Parenting before children? Parenting culture, pregnancy and the ‘pre-conception period’, 24 May 2022, University of Kent

‘Women of Reproductive Age’: Governing Potential Pregnancy, 18 October 2021, online event

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.

Policing Pregnancy: Who should be a mother? 18 May 2017, Canterbury Christ Church University

Doctors, Conscience and Abortion Law and Practice 29 June 2017, University of Kent

Parenting and Personhood 23 and 24 June 2016, Canterbury, UK.

Policing Pregnancy 13 April 2016, Royal College of Physicians, London.

After the Iron curtain: Poor parenting and state intervention in cross cultural perspective University of Cambridge Wednesday, 10 June 2015.

(Un)comfortable Bedfellows Gender, Intimacy and Equality IOE on 7 April 2015.

The Uses and Abuses of Biology: Neuroscience, Parenting and Family Policy in Britain
Further information can be found here.

Monitoring Parents: Science, evidence, experts and the new parenting culture
University of Kent on 13-14 September 2011.

The conference provided the opportunity for inter-disciplinary discussion of empirical and theoretical work that explores the increasing advance of a ‘science’ of child-rearing. The organisers aimed to encourage discussion of and debate about developments through which ‘parenting’ has been constructed as an activity which can and should be influenced by scientific evidence and expert opinion.

Our one-day conference, supported by the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness, Feeding children in the new parenting culture, held on 21st March 2011.

Our conference ‘Pregnancy and Pregnancy-planning in the new Parenting Culture’ held in June 2010 in conjunction with the Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality at the University of Kent, doubling as the 5th seminar in our ESRC series.

Seminar 5, June 2010, Pregnancy and Pregnancy Planning in the New Parenting Culture

The ESRC seminar series‘Changing Parenting Culture’, held between 2009-2010 at a range of UK Universities

Seminar 1, January 2009, From child-rearing to ‘parenting’: what’s new about contemporary parenting culture?

Seminar 2, April 2009, Gender and parenting culture: Intensive fatherhood?

Seminar 3, September 2009, Child-rearing in a risk society

Seminar 4, February 2010, Parenting culture and the problem of policy

Our founding conference, Monitoring Parents, Child-rearing in an age of ‘Intensive Parenting” held in May 2007 at the University of Kent

This conference was held at the University of Kent on May 21/22, 2007. It brought together scholars from countries including the UK, Canada, the US, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, Norway to discuss issues ranging from stranger danger to breastfeeding to teenage motherhood.

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