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‘It’s a Family Affair’ – Researching with Families

A British Sociological Association Regional Postgraduate Event.

This one-day, inter-disciplinary postgraduate conference will bring together postgraduate students, academics and practitioners engaged in research with families (broadly defined) and/or who are conducting research while with family themselves. Issues of subjectivity, positionality and power as they relate to carrying out research with families and/or researching while mothering/fathering will be explored with the aim of opening up dissucssion in order to help students interrogate these issues and tensions within their own research.

The day will be facilitated by a range of learning opportunities enabling students to engage in dialogue, knowledge exchange and methodological exploration, where current and proposed ideas can be presented through a combination of key note speakers, workshops and oral and poster presentations. Time and space throughout the day will also allow for networking opportunities.

Call for papers

They invite abstracts for oral (including alternative forms e.g. Pecha Kucha) and poster presentations from PhD students, early career researchers and established academics that address:

  • The process of researching with families / encounters in the field.
  • Insider – outsider status of researchers who are also practitioners.
  • Reflections upon the ways in which researchers’ ‘parental status’ is implicated within the research process.

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words describing the content of your oral presentation or poster, along with a title, your full contact details and institutional affiliation to laura.maguire@bcu.ac.uk by 5pm Friday 31st March 2017.

Registration Fees

BSA member registration £10, Non BSA member registration £25 (Lunch and refreshments will be included).
***Subsidised places available, please contact laura.maguire@bcu.ac.uk for further details***

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Event Details

‘It’s a Family Affair’ – Researching with Families


One day conference


Millennium Point, City Centre Campus, Birmingham City University, Birmingham


Suitable for:

practitioners engaged in research with families

postgraduate students engaged in research with families

academics engaged in research with families


£10 - £25


Event Date

Friday 23 June 2017

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