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Decolonising Families and Relationships Studies

A BSA Families and Relationships Study Group Event Series

24 March 2021 (12:30-2:00PM GMT)

About this Event

This is the second webinar in the BSA Families and Relationships Study Group series.  For this event, our speakers include:

  • Dr Natalia Concha-Arango (Research Officer, LSE), 'De-centring maternal trajectories: a study of intergenerational triads under adversity in Colombia'
  • Sherilyn Deen (PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam) '‘Mixing’ and racialization: the production of knowledge and mixed marriages and relationships in the Netherlands'
  • Briony Campbell (Filmmaker and photographer) 'Love in Translation' (a photography and film project which tells the stories of African/British families living in African countries)

As part of a wider initiative around decolonising Family and Relationship Studies, the FAR study group is organising a series of three online lunch-time webinars across the course of the 20/21 academic year. These events invite scholars working on families and relationships to share experiences, promote mutual learning and encourage development in the decolonialisation of our subject area.

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. As part of the endeavour for ‘connected sociologies’, and particularly in light of the recent Black Lives Matter movement, this event will explore new ways of thinking about and understanding families and relationships by drawing on global and minoritized 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.


Registration for this event is OPEN.  This event is free of charge but registration is required.