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VIRTUAL EVENT: Black mothers’ lives: intersectional analyses of and approaches to parenting culture

01 December 2020, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Mother and daughter standing together in the kitchen. Image: Andrea Piacquadio via Pexels

In this webinar, Dr Patricia Hamilton will draw attention to how intersecting structures of racism, sexism and classism shape the experience of parenting.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Jenny Woodman

To register, email Jenny Woodman at least two days before the event to receive detailed joining instructions.

Dr Hamilton will focus specifically on attachment parenting, a popular parenting philosophy, and parental leave, a much-debated work-life balance policy, to examine these phenomena from the perspective of black parents. 

By showing the diversity of their experiences, she will reveals the raced, classed and gendered features of contemporary parenting culture.

This interactive webinar will include a presentation, followed by a Q&A style discussion.

TCRU seminar series

The Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU) hosts a weekly seminar series, where invited speakers present work of relevance to the research interests of the unit.


Image: Andrea Piacquadio via Pexels

About the Speaker

Dr Patricia Hamilton

Marie Curie Research Fellow at Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education

Patricia's research brings together black feminist theory, particularly intersectionality, and parenting culture studies to examine the ways that contemporary parenting is intertwined with raced, classed and gendered ideas about ideal citizenship. Her current project examines parental leave in the UK both in terms of the development of leave-related legislation and from the perspective of black parents using (or refusing) leave.

Before joining UCL, Patricia was a Lecturer in Sociology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

More about Dr Patricia Hamilton