“Millsom Henry-Waring was a creative and dynamic black feminist academic whose work spanned a range of interests, including visibility, difference, migration, identities, intimacies and new technology. This talk aims to engage with some of these issues and to show the continuing relevance and centrality of Millsom’s concerns.

‘Narratives of Varied Everyday Lives: Intersectionality, difference and family lives’
Professor Ann Phoenix
Thomas Coram Research Unit
Institute of Education, University of London

The paper focuses particularly on how intersectional differences are lived in the intimacy of family lives and practices as well as in the wider society. The paper first considers current issues related to the theorizing of intersectionality and current issues for narrative theory and research. It will then use a variety of narrative studies to consider three matters: how children negotiate experiences of living in poverty in the context of their family and peer relationships; different ways in which families marked by migration develop and live their family practices, and how difference is a crucial, but often unacknowledged part of the academy.

Ann Phoenix is a Professor and former director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit, at the Institute of Education, University of London. Her research interests are in psychosocial studies, including motherhood, social identities, young people, racialisation and gender.
Recent funded research project areas include: boys and masculinities, young people and consumption and adult reconceptualisations of ‘non-normative’ childhoods’, particularly of serial migration, visibly ethnically mixed households and language brokering in transnational families. She has published widely in these areas, and she is currently the Principal Investigator on an ESRC-funded National Centre for Research Methods node called NOVELLA (Narratives of Varied Everyday Lives and Linked Approaches) www.novella.ac.uk, which focuses on family narratives and parenting practices and identities.

This is a free public lecture jointly hosted by the Faculty of Arts and the Melbourne Social Equity Institute. Please join us for reception drinks following the lecture.”


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