Cancelled: 30 Minute Talks on Research: Crossing the Narrow Bridge

Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Childhood

  • Tue 15 Mar 22

    12:30 - 13:00

  • Colchester Campus


  • Event speaker

    Dr Norman Gabriel

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Contact details

    Claire Hudson

 Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled.

 In this talk, I will introduce and discuss the multidisciplinary area of childhood studies that draws on a number of different disciplines within and across the social and natural sciences, including sociology, developmental psychology, psychoanalysis, language development, neuroscience, virtual reality and digital technologies, anthropology, geography, literature and politics. I will then provide an explanation of why the ‘bridge’ has proven to be so difficult to cross, pointing to some of the persistent barriers that prevent academics from different disciplines developing relational concepts to understand and explain the lives of children in contemporary societies. Finally, I will draw on some recent examples to illustrate my argument - firstly by exploring how researchers in childhood studies need to integrate some important concepts from psychoanalysis. Secondly, by discussing an innovative research project with colleagues that ‘bridges’ child psychotherapy with virtual reality, adopting a digital technology that can be used as a research tool to improve young children’s well-being.

A lecture being held in the Ivor Crewe building, University of Essex, with students listening.
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