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Dr Julie Ovington, SFHEA

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Lecturer in Childhood Studies, Deputy Programme Leader BA (Hons) Childhood and Society Studies (Top-Up)

I am the Deputy Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Childhood Studies and BA (Hons) Childhood and Society Studies (Top-up). I began lecturing at the University of Sunderland in 2018 while studying for my PGCE PCET, gaining valuable experience teaching in a young offenders institute. Prior to this, I taught Childhood Studies at Northumbria University.

My expertise centers around how children emerge with agency and show us their subjectivity in more than linguistic ways, by drawing on discursive materiality to theorize how voice can be seen and felt.

My PhD (re)presents two-year-old children's lived experiences of school readiness using an entangled framework inspired by Deleuze and Guattari, New Materialism and Posthumanism. I considered how agency might be distributed and how more-than-human matter comes to matter in classroom spaces, yielding the potential to affect and be affected, within the school readiness debate. I argued human existence is relational, an entanglement of matter and meaning. The individual emerges through and within intra-relating entanglements in space and time.

My research interests include the child's being and becoming in the world as an active and autonomous being who is equal to the adult with vibrant agentality as colourful children and colourful practitioners.

Teaching and supervision

I teach on the following modules:
  • CHS171 Building Graduate Skills For The Professional And Reflective Childhood Practitioner
  • CHS162 Child Development
  • CHS163 Child Development: Theory into Practice
  • CHS205 Health and Childhood
  • CHS264 Contextualising Children's Position Within Society
  • CHS346 Equality and Diversity in Contemporary Society
  • CHS357 The Family and Community. Supporting family units and protecting children's rights

Research interests for potential research students

I currently supervise doctoral students focusing on Deleuze and Guattarian frameworks.

I have a keen interest in how children make sense of their world and use voice in more than linguistic ways to present their identity within society.

I am interested in developing understanding of how young offenders transition to 'becoming parent' while separated from their child.

Last updated 12 May 2021

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