Webinar Series: Decolonising Families and Relationships

Over the academic year for 2020/21, the Families and Relationships Study Group will be exploring how to advance and embed efforts to decolonise scholarship in this global area of sociology. 

The study of 'the' family has long been critiqued for its heteronormativity, whiteness and reproduction of specific, privileged family forms. In recent decades, families and relationship scholarship has expanded and adapted to these challenges, attending to an increasingly diverse range of relationships and non-normative households. However, progress has been slow, and overall, research remains predominantly white in its focus, and citation practices indicate the privileging of male scholars from the global north. As Gurminder Bhambra (2008) points out, sociological imaginations are limited when they are premised on Eurocentric assumptions. 

Three Webinar Events

As part of the endeavour for 'connected sociologies,' and particularly in light of the recent Black Lives Matter movement, our Study Group will hold three events exploring new ways of thinking about and understanding families and relationships by drawing on global knowledge and examining the forces which have shaped our scholarship. In doing so, we will explore new avenues which challenge expectations of what families are and what they do, drawing on marginal experiences and voices, in ways which situate 'British sociology' within the international milieu.

Call for Papers

If you would like to present and discuss your research as part of this webinar series, please submit an abstract (no more than 250 words) along with a bio of the presenter(s) (no more than 150 words) as a single word document to Dr Julie Walsh at j.c.walsh @ sheffield.ac.uk by Friday, 4 September 2020.

Successful presenters will be grouped thematically into three short events, to be hosted in Autumn, Spring and Summer. Presenters will be asked to pre-record their presentation (about 10-15 minutes) and participate in a live Q&A discussion.

We will have three connected lunchtime events, one in Autumn 2020, and two more in the Spring and Summer term of 2021. Participants will be invited to record their presentations in advance, to be discussed on the day by a senior scholar in the field, alongside a real-time audience Q and A.