I spoke with The Times about the impacts of DNA discoveries on people’s lives, and the resulting article was by Mark Bridge was published on Saturday 7th September. A subscription is required, although the good news is that you can sign up for a free month.
Tony Trueman from the European Sociological Association published a longer article about my research on August 23rd, sharing a few family secret discovery stories and looking at the consequences for people’s lives. Tony’s article is published at Medical Xpress and you can check it out here.
Journalist Katie Grant at iNews published a great article on August 22nd about my research. You can check it out here. She also included a couple of other stories of family secret discoveries - very complex, difficult and interesting experiences.
Yvonne Bolouris of The Scottish Sun shared the details of her own surprising non-parent-expected (NPE) experience, with discovering her biological father was not the man she thought it was her whole life. Like so many who purchase a home DNA test, Yvonne was just curious about the ethnicity of her and her daughters, and she has generously shared her story. Her piece was published 15th September.
I presented my talk today at the European Sociological Association’s 14th conference (known as ESA 2019) today at the University of Manchester, UK. All went well, and I was the only one who presented on the secrecy work of Simmel, with the three other presenters in the ‘Simmel and Beyond’ session sharing their work on conflict, mass movements and publics. Full conference wrap up to come!
In the meantime, check out all the highlights on Twitter with the hashtag #ESA2019 - pretty sure we were trending at one point, with 3,024 sociologists taking over the city!
Well, on a more personal note, I’ve been working towards this presentation for months, and now that it’s done, it’s time to celebrate! And organise a mini summer getaway while the weather is still (sort of) nice here in Europe.