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Day School and Conference Sub-plenary
The day conferences encourage critical dialogue on key concepts, notably 'families', 'intimacies' and 'personal relationships', exploring the usefulness of these concepts in making sense of contemporary practices. The day conferences typically feature presentations from leading and emerging scholars, with structured group discussion. Previous day conferences have been published as Special Issue journals.
The workshops will provide a dialogic environment where current and proposed research ideas can be presented. They will aim to build up connections between established and 'next generation' researchers. Workshops will be jointly co-ordinated with University based research centres around the UK.
BSA Annual Conference
The BSA Annual Conference has been reformatted and is now structured around a substantive conference theme and concurrent Study Group strands. The study group has maintained two parallel strands: Families, Relationships, Lifecourse. Group conveners are responsible for the selection of conference abstracts, including a diversity of research across the fields of study. We convene a Families and Relationships Study Group meeting at the conference, attempting to extend membership of the group and to allow us to reflect on our scheduled programme of activities.
In February 2012, the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy, London South Bank University held an extremely successful full day conference ‘Intersecting Family Lives, Locales and Labours’, bringing together 53 scholars from across institutions and career stages, including two plenary speakers: Professor Diane Reay (University of Cambridge) and Professor Michele Goodwin (University of Minnesota).
Questions of lives, labour and locales were addressed globally, with Dr. Tracey Reynolds (Weeks Centre) addressing ‘Transnational Families: Migrant Youth ‘Doing’ Families across Proximities and Distances’ via her ESRC funded seminar series (with Dr. Elisabetta Zontini, University of Nottingham) and Dr. Shaminder Takhar (Weeks Centre) discussing ‘Sexuality and South Asian Women’. The conference came to a close with shared concerns regarding whose lives (dis)appear in our academic productions, and how we intersect these with understanding of labours, lives and locales in and outside of academia: see http://www.genderandeducation.com/issues/difficult-intersections/