Following the successful first seminar of the 2016/17 University of Westminster Sociology Open Talks series, Sociology academics along with external speakers will explore the subject of Alternative Families and Donor Conception on Thursday 10 November.

In the second open talk of 2016, Dr Emily Falconer from the University’s Department of History, Sociology and Criminology will be joined by Dr Susanna Graham from the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge.

The Sociology Open Talks form part of the Department of History, Sociology and Criminology departmental seminar series, and brings together Sociology staff with external speakers to explore a shared topic of interest.

The University of Westminster Lecturer, Dr Emily Falconer will discuss the subject of complex kinships across the life-course, looking at familial relationships of adult children who were themselves raised in ‘queerer’, alternative family structures. Dr Falconer will highlight how whilst there is now a greater acceptance of same-sex parenting within both public and private services, UK public services still struggle to relate to ‘queerer’ families.

Dr Susanna Graham from the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge, will present findings from an in-depth, qualitative study exploring the experiences of single heterosexual women in the UK embarking upon solo motherhood through sperm donation.

The Sociology Research Group within the University’s History, Sociology and Criminology Department has an established profile of innovative research that is internationally engaged, committed to social justice, and which makes an important contribution to wider public and policy discussion. 

The Westminster Sociology Open Talks are open to students, staff, alumni and the public. Attendees should register via Eventbrite.

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