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 Family Roots: Who Do You Think You Really Are?

Family Roots: Who Do You Think You Really Are?

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  •  70 Landor Road, London, SW9 9PH
Suitable for: Adults
Paula Nicolson, acclaimed author, psychologist and Emeritus Professor at Royal Holloway, University of London, is a renowned expert on identity development particularly how know... More Info »
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Discovering family roots, or genealogy, has become a favourite international pastime for many of us, veering towards obsession in some cases. Genealogy fascinates because knowledge of family background and history provides some understanding of our ancestors’ day-to-day experiences, life chances and expectations. But why do we care? Why has the exploration of our family origins become so engaging in recent years? And are there psychological dimensions to this enterprise?

Join Paula Nicolson, psychologist & professor, for a fascinating talk that will dig deep into the obsession with discovering our family roots. We will never know any of the people we discover from our histories in person, but for several reasons we recognise that their lives shaped ours. This recognition lies behind the tears that flow when ancestors’ lives are revealed on celebrity genealogy television shows.

For many people, it appears, there are poignant connections between knowledge of their ancestors and themselves. And discovering the identity of certain ancestors may heighten these emotional connections. But does the identity of our dead predecessors, who they were, where they lived and died and what they did with their lives, influence our own sense of who we really are?

This talk suggests ways in which each of us can learn from our ancestral pasts to make sense of our present lives.

Venue: Landor Space
Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.


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