Social Psychology of Family Life


PhD Summer School 9. – 11. July 2019



The PhD program Social Psychology of Everyday Life of People, Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University (RUC)

in collaboration with The European Society of Family Relations (ESFR)


invites you to join our: PhD Summer School 9. – 11. July 2019


Location: Building 3, room 03.1-S21 (Auditorie B) look here 


THEME: Social Psychology of Family Life




The European Society of Family Relations (ESFR) and the PhD program Social Psychology of Everyday Life offers a four-day international summer school from July 9th until July 12th, 2019.
The summer school will serve as framework for the exchange of ideas and experiences related to the different processes of a PhD project but first and foremost it will be a place to share and develop concepts, methodologies, and perspectives relevant to the field of family research.


For almost 25 years scholars at Roskilde University have developed a research framework and a PhD program under the heading “Social Psychology of Everyday Life” ( The program is based on an interdisciplinary development of theory, knowledge and methodology, with particular reference to social psychological issues that relate to the relationship between the individual and society, and people's everyday social life. The program is characterized by a cross-disciplinary approach to social-psychological issues in a broad sense.


The summer school is focused on family life. A social psychological approach to the study of families considers the experiences and practices of people in their daily lives, i.e. their subjective orientations, their ongoing social activities, intimacies and personal relationships as central points of departure for research. But it also involves committed and analytical attention to the conditions or structures of everyday life. A social psychological perspective can be understood as the scientific study of the slash in the term individual/social, as the study of the relationship between the individual and the social. In this sense, social psychological approaches involve the study of private and public meanings, i.e. the study of personal and institutional practices. As such social psychology of family life is an interdisciplinary approach which invites and interacts with a multiplicity of disciplines, traditions and approaches, insisting that family life unfolds across everyday life contexts including various actors (parents, children, teachers, social workers, health nurses etc.) and technologies.



Keynote Lectures and Workshop Moderators

Professor Tina Miller, Oxford Brookes University

Professor Dorte Kousholt, DPU

Associate professor Rashmi Singla, RUC

Associate professor Pernille Juhl, RUC

Associate professor Allan Westerling, RUC



Format and activities

The summer school will be organized as five plenary meetings and three parallel workshops. Each workshop has a specific theme, but they will intersect on four general themes which are central to the social psychology of family life.


The intersecting themes are 1) subjectivity and everyday living 2) family practices and everyday life 3) methodological dilemmas and 4) family studies and interdisciplinarity. The plenaries will be organized around each of these themes.


Each participant will be assigned to one workshop and must present a paper which they will be able to develop during the summer school. Post summer school work will comprise a peer review of another paper. This must be completed to complete the course.

Space for reflection (and writing) have been included during the summer school as this is an important in the development of thinking.


Workshop: Tina Miller, Pernille Juhl & Allan Westerling
This workshop departs for challenges in research which explores the everyday experiences of parenting as way to understand contemporary parenthood.
With particular attention in gender and caring as concept and practice the participants are invited to engage in discussions about some of the significant shifts in women's and men's lives, increased family diversity and new theorizations of gender.
As a human activity, being a parent includes relational and intergenerational connections, obligations, responsibilities, love, frustration, disappointment and joy. But the claims of parenthood expressed in dominant discourses invoke morally, culturally and historically grounded expectations of parenting practices that are taken to constitute ‘good’ parenting. The workshop will introduce social psychological perspectives as approaches to the ambiguity and contradictions which run across these domains – the activity and discourses – which may better allow researchers to grasp the messy lived experiences that unfold in daily family practices


Teachers, speakers and invited scholars

Professor Charlotte Højholt, Roskilde University and associate professor Dorte Kousholt, DPU, Aarhus University will both deliver key notes. Associate professor Pernille Juhl and Associate professor Allan Westerling will also give keynotes. Westerling and Juhl will organize the school and act as local workshop conveners.  Associate professor Rashmi Singla will also act as local workshop convener.


Three international experts will join the local workshop conveners and jointly lead the workshops.

Associate Professor Roy Moodley, University of Toronto, will lead workshop I. Professor Anna Sparrmann will lead workshop II and professor Tina Miller, Oxford Brookes University will lead workshop III. Each of the invited international scholars will give a presentation in their respective workshops and will participate in a joint panel towards the end of the summer school.


Practical information

ECTS Credits:

Participation in the summer school, i.e. submission and presentation of one’s own work and active participation in all aspects of the summer school is accredited 3 ECTS points.


Application, registration and fee:

The summer school costs 200 € or 1500 DKK. The cost covers enrollment, tea/coffee, snacks and soft drinks as well as lunches and two dinners (on July 9 and July 11). Students members of the ESFR are able to attend free of charge (the cost will be paid by the ESFR), however there are limited number of places available for ESFR students (18).


Students who are enrolled in Danish institutions that are part of the open market are eligible for fee waiver. 


Students are required to pay for accommodation and transportation themselves.


PhD Students must apply with an abstract of no more than 500 words by April 22. The paper must be submitted at the sign up page.


Accepted applicants will be notified by April 26. Deadline for registration and payment is May 13.


Participants are required to submit af full paper (between 1500 and 3000 words excluding references) by June 24. All participants will have access to all papers


To complete the summer school participants are required prepare a post-course peer review by September 2 2019.








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