Centre for Research on Children and Families Seminar Series

We’re pleased to confirm our series of lunchtime, online seminars is back for Spring 2024, showcasing the latest and thought provoking research on children and families.

Details on upcoming events are listed below and you can register to join for free using the links provided.

 

System of care for dependent elderly in Poland

Speakers: 
Rafał Iwański - PhD in economics, sociologist – social worker. Assistant professor at the Department of Social Pedagogy of the University of Szczecin, Poland.
Anna Szafranek – PhD in Sociology, specialisation: Social Gerontology, adjunct in the Department of Strategy Management, Faculty of Management at University of Białystok, Poland.

Wednesday 13 March | 12-1pm | MS Teams

The presentation will focus on the main challenges associated with the organization and financing of long-term care for dependent elderly people in Poland. The problem addressed is not specific to Poland, but concerns most societies in European countries. For years, there has been an increase in the demand for care services implemented in the form of inpatient and community care. On the other hand, the caring potential of families is changing and the cost of care provided by professional caregivers is increasing. The indicated problem poses a serious challenge for the social welfare sector, including mainly social workers. Because it is the social welfare sector, which reports directly to municipalities, that is responsible for organizing and co-financing long-term care services. Solutions in Poland will be presented, and there will be space for discussion on the search for solutions to problems that also occur in the UK.
 
Rafał Iwański - PhD in economics, sociologist – social worker. Assistant professor at the Department of Social Pedagogy of the University of Szczecin. Graduate from the University of Economics in Poznań and the University of Szczecin. Vice-Chairman of the Polish Gerontological Society. Secretary International Society for Research on Solitude (ISRS).Author of the books "Long-term care for the elderly" and "Palliative and hospice care in economic and social terms." Editor of the book "Silver Economy - an interdisciplinary approach". Author of numerous articles and chapters on long-term care, social work and gerontological economics.

Anna Szafranek – PhD in Sociology, specialisation: Social Gerontology, adjunct in the Department of Strategy Management, Faculty of Management at University of Białystok member of the Polish research group within three international projects DAPHNE III covering the topic of violence towards elderly women, author/co-author of numerous publications in the field of gerontology, laureate in two contests organized by Polish Gerontological Society for the best master degree thesis and PhD thesis in the field of gerontology and geriatric. Find out more.
 

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Polish Children in Post-Brexit UK: Doing More-than-Human Transnational Families amidst a Hostile Environment

Speaker: Thi Bogossian, Teaching Fellow in Global Development, UEA

Wednesday 01 May | 12-1pm | MS Teams
 
Migrant and ethnic minority children grow up having to negotiate multiple spaces of belonging, which sometimes involves transnational ties with their parents homeland. This issue becomes more salient when anti-immigration rhetoric and exclusionary immigration policies shape the experiences of these children. In the case of the United Kingdom, the Brexit referendum is described as the culmination of a long process of development of a hostile environment against migrant and ethnic minorities. This presentation draws from my PhD research, which explores how 9–11-year-old Polish children negotiate their ethnic identity amidst this hostile environment. In this context, children develop their sense of belonging by referring to spaces and relationships in Poland, which extend beyond their human relatives and friends to encompass more-than-human actors, including pets and farm animals, the natural landscape, and material objects. Through references to these transnational links, children extend the concepts of home and family beyond human-centred and national boundaries, but also see Brexit as an external force that disrupts their possibilities of living transnational lives.
 
Thi Bogossian (pronouns: they/them) is a Teaching Fellow in Global Development at the University of East Anglia and a final-year PhD student in Sociology at the University of Surrey. They’re interested in issues of issues of education and difference (social reproduction, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, gender identity, migration), children, childhood, and youth, migration, racism, and qualitative and feminist methodology. Thi has submitted their thesis and is now waiting for the viva.

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