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Decolonising Families and Relationships

BSA Families and Relationships (FAR) Study Group Autumn Webinar

26 November 2020 (13:00-14:30 GMT)

About this Event

The first of three webinars from the BSA FAR Group exploring how sociologists are decolonising families studies.

As part of the endeavour for Gurminder Bhambra’s call for ‘connected sociologies’, this event will explore 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.

To tackle these issues, the BSA's Families and Relationships Study Group are hosting three workshops over the 2020/21 academic year.

As the co-convenors of the FAR Study Group, Drs Charlotte Faircloth, Alison Lamont, Katherine Twamley and Julie Walsh would like to invite you to this, the first of the three workshops.


We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker, and three exciting speakers to launch the event series:


  • Prof Vrushali Patil (Florida International University, Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies, USA). Vrushali draws on the intersections of gender and sexuality studies, postcolonial studies, and historical sociology. Find out more about Vrushali's work.


  • Prof Allen Kim (International Christian University, Japan), "Out-Whiting the Whites"
  • Dr Mona Röhm (University of Salzburg, Austria), "Intimacies beyond Europe"
  • Dr Shannon Kuriakose Philip (University of Cambridge, UK), "Queering the ‘Indian Family’"

There will be a Q&A at the end of short presentations from the speakers. The event will last for 90 minutes.