Prof Smart is an expert in understanding and theorising close relationships.

Leading sociologist to give talk at University of Exeter

Professor Carol Smart, Co-Director of the Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life and Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester is coming to the University of Exeter to discuss her research into donor conception.

Speaking on 14 November, Prof Smart will talk about the findings of a study, which involved interviewing heterosexual and lesbian couples in the UK between 2011 and 2013, she conducted with her Morgan Centre colleague Dr Petra Nordqvist.

Prof Smart will argue that it is important to appreciate the complexities of family dynamics in order to understand the impact of donor conception. She will also address questions such as:

  • What should children born from donated gametes be told about their parentage?
  • What is the role of the donor in the child’s life?
  • How important is genetic connectedness to contemporary family life?

The talk will incorporate a networking session, Carol’s lecture and a question and answer session.

Prof Smart has been invited to talk as part of our open lecture series from Inspiring Research: Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) at Exeter. Her work relates to research carried out under our HASS strategy, in particular the Societal and Lifestyle Shifts theme, which analyses and connects change at individual, group, institutional, lifestyle, and societal scales to understand the behaviour of people, social groups, and organisations.

If you are interested in attending the talk, which begins at 18:00 on 14 November and take place in the Xfi building, please email research-events@exeter.ac.uk or phone Lois Spence on 01392 722312.

Date: 4 November 2013

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