IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


VIRTUAL EVENT: Changing landscapes of fatherhood in global contexts

22 March 2021, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm

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This webinar explores fatherhood in global contexts by looking back and forward beyond COVID-19 times.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Centre for Teacher and Early Years Education

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Contemporary fatherhood is evolving alongside the rapid changes in different societies. The COVID-19 pandemic has, to a certain extent, put a spotlight on parental involvement in children's care and education. 

In this research seminar, fatherhood scholars from the UK and China will discuss:

  • How is fatherhood conditioned and shaped by historical, cultural, social and political contexts in different societies?
  • How could we challenge dominant gender discourses and tackle gender stereotypes in contemporary parenting?
  • What is or will be the current and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on father involvement in children's care and education?

This event is co-hosted by the IOE's Centre for Teacher and Early Years Education and the Education Institute of Child Development and Family Education at the Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University.

Seminar overview

Introduction (5 minutes)
Presentation of each speaker (20 minutes)
Panel discussion and Q&A (20 minutes)
Conclusion - one key take-home message from each speaker (5 minutes)


  • Dr Jeremy Davies, Head of Communications at The Fatherhood Institute, Project lead of MITEY (Men In The Early Years) campaign and Co-investigator of GenderEYE (Gender Diversification in Early Years Education)
  • Professor Xinrong Zheng, Professor of Education and Director of the Center for Chinese Ethnic Education and Multicultural Studies, Beijing Normal University
  • Dr Xuan Li, Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University Shanghai and Global Network Assistant Professor at New York University
  • Chair: Dr Jie Gao, Research Fellow at the Centre for Teacher and Early Years Education, UCL Institute of Education (IOE)


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