Forthcoming Events

BSA Families and Relationships Online Reading Group

The Reading Group meets the last Thursday of every month. We have paused the Reading Group for July and August. Details of our next discussion are: 

Thursday 29th September 2022 13.00-14.00 (UK Time)

Reading: Edwards, R et al – 2021. Small Stories of Home Moves: A Gendered and Generational Breadth-and-Depth Investigation. Sociological Research Online,


Previous Reading Group Meetings: 

Thursday 30th June 2022 16:00 – 17:00

Reading: Lewis, C. and May, V. (2020) ‘Material–temporal registers of belonging: Theorising the interplay between temporality and the built environment’, Time & society, 29(1), pp. 28–50. doi: 10.1177/0961463X19873801.

Thursday 26th May 2022 16:00 – 17:00

Reading: Cantó-Milà, N. and Seebach, S. (2015) ‘Desired images, regulating figures, constructed imaginaries: The future as an apriority for society to be possible’, Current Sociology, 63(2), pp. 198–215. doi: 10.1177/0011392114556583.

Thursday 28th April 2022 16:00 – 17:00

Reading: Gunnarsson, L. (2016) ‘The Dominant and its Constitutive Other: Feminist Theorizations of Love, Power and Gendered Selves’, Journal of Critical Realism, 15(1), pp. 1-20. doi: 10.1080/14767430.2015.1136194

If you have any suggestions for readings you would like to discuss in the group, please email 


Event Videos

Decolonialising Families and Relationships, Webinar 3 held on Friday, 18 June 2021 with Jo Britton, Julie Walsh, Asma Khan, Fallon Tiffany Cabral and Hannah Jones.  Please check out our 'webinar series' tab for further info about the series.

Decolonising Families and Relationships Studies with Dr Natalia Concha-Arango, Sherilyn Deen and Briony Campbell was held on 24 March 2021.  Please check out our 'webinar series' tab for further info about the series.

Decolonising Families and Relationships Studies with Prof Vrushali Patil, Dr Shannon Philip, Prof Allen Kim, Dr Mona Roehm took place on 26 November 2020. Please check out our 'webinar series' tab for further info about the series.

We welcome ideas from our members for events. Please contact Julie Walsh to discuss. 

Some suggested formats: 

Day Conferences
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. 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.