Lockdown Stories from Family Caregivers
This short powerful film, by Dr Lisa Smyth (Sociology) and Dr Paul Murphy (Drama), from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), presents real life stories drawn from confidential research interviews about the experience of caring for a vulnerable family member under lockdown. The film uses drama students at Queen’s University to portray some of the experiences recounted by research participants, caught up in caring for a vulnerable family member during Northern Ireland’s initial lockdown in Spring 2020. Interviews formed part of the research project Caring through Vulnerability: Exploring Affect and Emotion during Covid19, carried out during June and July 2020, with support from the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (QUB).
A panel discussion will follow the screening, bringing an international perspective to the issues raised about the human consequences of family care patterns and policies. Panelists include Dr Sirin Sung (Social Policy, QUB), who works on gender and social policy, with a particular interest in family and care across the world; Dr Cate McNamee (Sociology, QUB), a family demographer who works on international comparisons of patterns in family relations and attitudes; and Prof Danielle Turney (Social Work, QUB), whose critical approach to social work theory and practice includes a focus on vulnerable families and care. The panel discussion aims to reimagining how those involved in caring for vulnerable family members might have been fully supported during the pandemic.