This panel will consider queer parenthood, exploring how the experiences and situation of queer parents differs across countries and contexts, as well as some of the history of queer of parenthood. We are lucky to welcome four panellists to this event: Dr Marcin Smietana, Dr Linda Layne, Susie Bower-Brown, and Dr Robert Pralat.
About the speakers:
Dr Marcin Smietana is a research associate at ReproSoc (Reproductive Sociology Research Group) in Cambridge. His research has involved working on adoptive and surrogacy gay fathers in Spain, on American and European gay men doing surrogacy in the US, and is now starting fieldwork with British gay men doing altruistic surrogacy in the UK.
Dr Linda Layne is a visiting fellow at ReproSoc. She is currently conducting a comparative of single mothers by choice, two-mum families, two-dad families, and families that have suffered a pregnancy loss.
Susie Bower-Brown is a PhD student in the Centre for Family Research, focusing on trans parents and the experiences of children and parents in these families.
Dr Robert Pralat is Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow in the Department of Sociology and a member of ReproSoc. He studies how people who, historically, have not been expected to have children – for example, LGBTQ people or people living with HIV – respond to cultural changes and advances in medicine that enable them to become parents.
Location: Buckingham House, Murray Edwards College. Ask for directions from the Porters Lodge on Buckingham Road.