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Friday 7th September, Centre for the History of Medicine/Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Warwick

Conference: 'Understanding Parenting: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives'

This conference brought together researchers, practitioners and those working in policy to consider how we can best understand parenting in the past and present. The conference featured four panels: ‘Fertility and ‘Modern’ Families’, ’Looked After Children’, ‘Parenting and Changing Attitudes to Physical Disabilities’, and ‘Advice and Support Services for parents’. More information...

Saturday 16th June, Coventry Mysteries Festival

Exhibition of fathers' poetry and book launch, Broadgate Coventry

Emerging from our past poetry workshops with fathers in collaboration with local publisher Nine Arches Press, we exhibited a collection of fathers' poetry at the festival. We also provided a craft activity for children - kids were invited to make their own Father's Day cards, for free. Between 12 and 1pm, we hosted some poetry readings by ten of our poets, and Babakas also came along to perform an excerpt of Our Fathers.

Tuesday 12th June and Wednesday 13th June, Studio Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre

Performance of 'Our Fathers', followed by panel discussions

On these two dates, the Centre for the History of Medicine, in collaboration with China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre, hosted performances of Babakas Theatre's 'Our Fathers'. This piece examines three performers' relationships with their very different fathers. Afterwards, we chaired two panel discussions, on the themes of 'Father Figures Through Time' and 'Thoroughly Modern Dads?' Find out more about the performance and panel discussions. The performance was also accompanied by an exhibition of fathers' poetry.

Thursday 29th March 2012, Writers' Room, Milburn House, University of Warwick and Saturday 31st March at Warwick Children's Centre

Creative Writing/Poetry Workshops for fathers, in collaboration with Nine Arches Press.

Find out more about what the workshops involved....

Thursday 15th March 2012, Jessop West, University of Sheffield

Dr Laura King spoke as a panellist at the Sheffield Salon, on the topic of 'Private duty or public property… What is the future for family life?'

Find more event details here.

Thursday 9th February 2012

A talk at Sheffield's Millennium Gallery by Dr Laura King, on 'Representing fatherhood in 20th-century Britain'

As part of the Millennium Galleries exhibition on the Family in British Art, Laura King gave a free talk about the changing representations of fathers over the last century. Find out more.