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Forthcoming Events

Parenting and the Law

Centre for Gender History Public Engagement Workshop
University of Glasgow, 22 May 2017


This one-day public engagement workshop, hosted by the Centre for Gender History, explores the allocation and legal regulation of parental rights and responsibilities, past and present, and is held with the support of the History & Policy Parenting Forum.

The workshop is to be held at Glasgow Women's Library, and will explore the ways in which family law (in theory and/or practice) might either redress gender inequality or contribute to it. Potent stereotypes, with deep historical roots, remain in place about men and women’s ‘natural’ or traditional roles and obligations in the family. Gender norms have heavily shaped the processes of entitlement and discrimination associated with fatherhood and motherhood which can be linked to the unequal distribution of resources and opportunities both within the home and in the workplace. The law also plays a crucial role in determining parental status and rights in relation to adoption, child custody and reproductive technology.

This workshop, consisting of plenary lectures and round-table discussions, will bring together academics, voluntary groups, women’s rights campaigners, and legal practitioners in order to combine contemporary and historical perspectives on the legal regulation of parenting.

For more information, contact: or the Workshop Organisers: Rebecca Mason and Hannah Telling

Scoping Meeting between History & Policy Parenting Forum, and AHRC network on the Risks of Childbirth

13 June, University of Warwick

Organised by Dr Adrian Wilson and Dr Tania McIntosh, the AHRC network on 'the risks of childbirth' combines the disciplinary approaches of historians and midwives to investigate the concept of childbirth "risk" from a historical perspective.

The group says that, "The concept of risk stands at the heart of childbirth-management in Britain today, and seems to provide a suitably objective measure to guide practice and policy; yet the hegemony of that concept is open to challenge on a number of grounds. It is relatively novel historically, and post-dates most of the great advances in the technical management of birth; its theoretical meaning is problematical, as has been widely discussed in the social sciences; and in practical terms its application has led to paradoxes, such as the concentration of normal births in obstetric units designed to deal with difficult cases."

In this scoping event, representatives from the History & Policy Forum on Parenting will meet with the leaders of the Risks of Childbirth network, to investigate whether we can organise any events or research together. If you are interested in becoming involved with this collaboration or attending this scoping event, please email Angela Davis at (

To read about our previous events, click here.