I’m happy to be a strong supporter of a new academic community called “The Motherhood Initiative” founded this past year in our own Toronto, ON!
The Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) is the newly launched feminist scholarly and activist organization on mothering-motherhood, developed from the former Association for Research on Mothering at York University (1998-2010). The initiative houses the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative (formerly The Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering), Mother Outlaws, The International Mothers and Mothering Network (formerly IMN), Young Mothers and Empowerment Forum, The Motherhood Studies Forum and is partnered with Demeter Press.
This proactive group will be hosting events open to the public to establish a community dialogue on the social, economic and political influences that impact ourselves as mothers. They also look to more academic crowds for submissions to their publications and will be hosting a conference this September with presenters speaking on the multitude of factors that influence the role of the mother as we know it today.
Please take a look at the list below for their recent calls for papers and events including topics such as “The History of Motherhood,” “Caribbean Women’s Writing,” “Mothering in the Age of Neoliberalism,” “Other Mothers/Other Mothering,” and “Disabled Mothers”:
Calls for Papers
1. The MIRCI editorial board is seeking submissions for Vol. 3.1 of the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (JMI) to be published in spring/summer 2012.
Mothers and the Economy: The Economics of Mothering
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: NOVEMBER 1, 2011
The journal will explore the topic of Mothers and the Economy from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. We welcome submissions from scholars, students, activists, government agencies and workers, artists, mothers, and others who work or research in this area. Cross-cultural, historical and comparative work is encouraged. We
also welcome creative reflections such as poetry, short stories, and artwork on the subject.
Topics can include (but are not limited to):
The economics of maintaining sustainable family systems; mothering, appropriate technology and economics; mothering and microcredit; mothering and economic activism; mothering and economic activism through the arts; mothering with reduced resources; social and economic supports for mothering; mothering within the neoliberal context; motherwork and valuation of motherwork, mothering and the economics of unpaid labour; mothers-as-providers, mother-led cooperatives; the effects of privatization/commodification on women; mothering and the economics of raising children with disabilities; the economics of maternal mortality rates; the “selling” of mothering and the economics of consumerism; consumption and the marketing of mothering; the economics of reproductive
technologies and surrogacy; structural adjustment policies and mothering; the financial implications for mothers of family law reforms and welfare state developments, the economic impacts of environmental degradation on mothering; quantifications of mothering/caregiving/parenting as a part of the base structure of the economic productivity of society; children as economic assets/burdens; the actual value of domestic/unpaid labour; motherhood and the gender pay gap, mothering and the feminization of poverty; mothering, occupational
segregation and the wage gap; the impacts of economic globalization on mothering and kinship networks; the envisioning and articulation of more human-centered economic systems and policies to enhance mothering/caregiving practices; transformations of male breadwinner-female caretaker models; the economics of caregiving/parenting in nontraditional households; mothering and the “new home economics”; mothering,
feminist economics and social justice; mothering and welfare policies; mothering and health care costs; the commodification of domestic labour; global and transnational motherhood, transnational families in the new global economy; the economics of the second shift; global care chains; mothering/caregiving/parenting and economic justice, motherwork in organisations; mothers’ economic transactions; mothers’ labour paid and unpaid; mothers in enterprise and mothers in alternative enterprise; mothers and non-monetary economic flows; mothers in the workplace; homeschooling mothers; mothers as consumers; mothers and Marxism; mothers and neo-liberalism; mothers in a capitalist economy; mothers in a diverse economy; mothers and food economies; mother’s milk and breastfeeding; the economic roles of mothers in undeveloped economies; the economic roles of mothers in non-Western cultures; mothering and economic subjectivity; mothers as alternative economic activists.
Articles should be 15-18 pages (3750 words) including references.
All should be in MLA style, WordPerfect or Word and IBM compatible.
Please see our style guide for complete details:
2. Mothers and History: Histories of Motherhood
May 10-12, 2012, Toronto, ON, Canada
Deadline for abstracts: September 15th, 2011
We welcome submissions from scholars, students, artists, mothers and others who research in this area. Cross-cultural and comparative work is encouraged. We are open to a variety of types of submissions including academic papers from all disciplines and creative submissions.
This conference will explore the nature, status and experience of mothers and motherhood in various historical, cultural and literary contexts, and examine the many ways in which mothers in different historical periods have been affected by, viewed, and/or challenged contemporary cultural norms and dominant ideologies regarding
Topics may include but are not restricted to:
Normative & disruptive discourses about mothers and motherhood in any historical period, including but not limited to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment; the Victorian era; mothers/motherhood and early feminism(s); mothering bodies: mothers and childbirth/lactation and maternal health in any historical period; mothers & midwifery; mothers and education in any historical period; mothers and sons/daughters in any historical period; mothers of color, teen mothers, First Nation/aboriginal/Native American mothers, low-income mothers in any historical period; “good” and/or “bad” mothers in history; mothers and paid/unpaid work in history; mothers and infertility in history; adoptive motherhood/adoption in any historical period; wet-nursing, and surrogate motherhood in any historical period; transmitting maternal knowledges, creative expression and motherhood; patriarchal mothers/motherhood; mothers/motherhood and oral histories/family histories; motherhood and colonialism; mothering encounters across cultures; othermothering; state(s)/ nationalism/religion(s), and motherhood; mother love: transhistorical and/or historically determined; representations of mothers/mothering in art, literature, narrative, popular culture throughout history; maternal feminisms/mother movements/maternal activism in history; mothers and politics across history; famous mothers in history; immigrant/migran/transnational mothers in history; mothers’ changing relationship with “the experts” regarding birthing, infant care in the age of infectious diseases, baby books, birth control and eugenic sterilization, infertility, etc.; reproductive rights and wrongs, including rise of contraceptive technology alongside state-coerced sterilization; momism and mother
blame with the rise of psychology; mothers and the state, especially welfare rights and wrongs ; maternalist political rhetoric in favor of suffrage, labor rights; rise of intensive mothering; queer/transgendered mothers/mothering in a historical perspective ; mothering queer/transgendered children in a historical perspective; mothering in the Information Age ; maternal associations/mothers’ groups.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Patrizia Albanese, Ryerson University, author of Child Poverty in Canada
Kim Anderson, University of Guelph, author of Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood
Rima D. Apple, University of Wisconsin, author of Perfect Motherhood: Science and Childrearing in America
Susan Boyd, University of British Columbia, co-author of Reaction and Resistance: Feminism, Law, and Social Change
Fiona J. Green, University of Winnipeg, author of Practicing Feminist Mothering
D. Memee Lavell-Harvard, President, Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) and
Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, President, Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC)
Lynn O’Brien Hallstein, Boston University, co-editor of Contemplating Maternity in the Era of Choice
Rebecca Jo Plant, University of California, San Diego, author of Mom: The Transformation of Motherhood in Modern America
Stephanie Shaw, Ohio State University, author of Grandmothers, Granny Women, and Old Aunts: Rethinking Slave Families and Communities in the Nineteenth-Century South
Wanda Thomas Bernard, Dalhousie University, co-author of Race and Well-Being: The Lives, Hopes and Activism of African Canadians
Shari Thurer, Boston University, author of The Myths of Motherhood
Lauri Umansky, Suffolk University, author of Impossible to Hold: Women and Culture in the 1960s
Jodi Vandenberg-Daves, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, author of Woman’s “One Vocation”: The Making of Modern Motherhood in the United States
If you are interested in being considered as a presenter, please send a 250 word
abstract and a 50-word bio by September 15th, 2011 to firstname.lastname@example.org
** TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT FOR THIS CONFERENCE, ONE MUST BE A MEMBER OF MIRCI
3. Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection entitled: Reading/Speaking/Writing the Mother Text: Essays on Caribbean Women’s Writing
Co-editors: Cristina Herrera and Paula Sanmartín Publication Date: 2014
Deadline for abstracts: January 15, 2012!
Scholarly work on Caribbean women’s literature has grown since the 1990′s, and much of this research examines maternal themes, as the topic of motherhood is highly visible in written works by women of the Caribbean regions. While there are several book-length studies on Caribbean women’s literature, and a limited number of them do focus on the subject of Caribbean mothers, many of these studies lack analyses of the Spanish Caribbean, and the subject of motherhood, when explored, is also presented in rather specific contexts. Therefore, this collection seeks to expand this previous scholarship by offering a more expansive view of motherhood that encompasses a wide variety of thematic concerns, as well as a broader geographical scope that places a stronger emphasis on the understudied (Afro)Spanish Caribbean writers.
In addition, the collection will strive to recover and discover new (Afro)Caribbean voices, by including essays on writers whose works have received little or no critical attention. The editors seek article-length contributions in all areas of literature, including poetry, novels, short stories, drama, autobiography, and essays.
Articles may discuss (but are not limited to) the following topics:
*Comparative studies* Postcolonialism/Critical Race Studies* Afro-Caribbean women writers from the Spanish Caribbean, British Caribbean, French Caribbean, and the Dutch Caribbean* Matrilineal heritages and narratives* Maternal (her)stories* Maternal sexualities* Mothering and (im)migration, (im)migrant mothers and diaspora writing* Mother/daughter relationships* Grandmothers and “other mothers”* Mothering, home and the mother(land)* Maternal absence, maternal death* Abandonment, mother/daughter loss and gain* Madness, illness, the mad/ill mother and/or daughter* Maternal silences and mother tongues* Trauma, memory and mothering* Mothering and agency* Womanhood and motherhood* Revision and recovery of (m)other histories* Family narratives*Traditions of motherhood/mothering
Please submit abstracts of 250 words and include your 50 word bio and citizenship.
Deadline for Abstracts is January 15, 2012
Please send submissions and inquiries directly to Cristina Herrera and Paula Sanmartin:
email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org], email@example.com
4. Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection on Mothering in the Age of Neoliberalism
Editor: Melinda Vandenbeld Giles
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: NOVEMBER 1, 2011!
The term “neoliberal” has come to define our current global age, yet definitive understandings of what “neoliberal” means remains a contested terrain. In the past three decades, neoliberal economic/social ideology has created a global world governed by free-market principles. The purpose of this edited collection is to explore the meanings and effects of neoliberalism from the perspective of “mothers.” Arising from an inclusive and broad understanding of “mothering,” the intent of the collection is to compile diverse works from an assortment of geographical areas and interests pertaining to mothering and neoliberalism. For the purposes of this volume, neoliberalism is to be understood as a social as well as political/economic ethos whereby the free-market focus has come to infiltrate all aspects of society. The collection will focus on ethnographic (research-based) and theoretical submissions.
Topics can include (but are not limited to):
Marginalized mothers, mothering and homelessness, mothering and the social welfare state, mothering and childcare, intensive mothering and neoliberalism, mothering and migration, transnational mothering, mothering and capitalism, mothering and maternity leave, mothering and employment, mothering and “working from home,” mothering and individuation, mothering and neoliberal child-rearing practices, neoliberal representations of “mothering,” single mothering, connections between neoliberalism, feminism and mothering, neoliberalism and re-conceptualizing the “nuclear family,” eco-mothering, neoliberal policies and reproductive rights, mothering and the economy, mothering and collective political mobilization, mothering and finance, entrepreneurial mothers, mothering and neoliberal education, neoliberal reconfiguration of public/private dichotomy, mothering and neoliberal discourses of health, gender roles and neoliberalism, mothers as niche markets, mothering and urban living, neoliberal redefining of family/home spatialization, mothers and microcredit, mothering and poverty, mothering and media, mothering in the informal economy, mothering and governmentality, mothering and risk discourse, mothering and transnational spatiality, mothering and Marxism, mothering and NGOs, global neoliberal maternal health discourses, mothering and volunteerism, mothering and the global labour market, effects of privatization and decentralization on mothering, effects of neoliberal structural readjustment on mothering, neoliberalism and reconfigured kinship networks, mothering and globalization, neoliberalism and family law, mothering and social activism, mothering and alternative sustainable economic paradigms.
Abstracts: 250 words. Please include a 50-word biography (with citizenship information.)
Deadline for abstracts is November 1, 2011
Please send submissions and inquiries directly to:
Melinda Vandenbeld Giles: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Accepted papers of 4000-5000 words (15-20 pages) will be due July 1, 2012, and should
conform to American Anthropological Association style.
5. Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection on: Other Mothers/Other Mothering
Editor: Angelita Reyes Publication Date: 2013
Deadline for abstracts: October 12, 2011
Other mothers and other mothering roles may be found throughout history and across diverse cultures. Other mothers may be the paradigmatic first responders, the first-teachers of informal and formal learnings, or first care-givers for the formative triage years of children and youth. Other mothering denotes the continuity and contemporary practices of shared, communal, or assumed mothering responsibilities that are empowering and inclusive of social transformation. Despite the prevalence of this practice and increasing scholarship about other mothering, an edited collection on this important and central cultural paradigm does not yet exist. The aim of the present collection is to investigate the history, possibilities, differences, continuities, transformations, or advancements of other mothering, paying particular attention to liberating potentials of destabilizing patriarchal representations of motherhood and family structures. As interconnected and transnational cultures are in full swing into the 21st century, both men and women can perform and enable diverse and holistic roles of other mothering. How does other mothering transform the language implications of gender? How do we interrogate the roles of mothering for both women and men? This collection will explore the fluid, empowering and diversified roles of other mothering across cultures. Thus, of particular interest are submissions that interrogate other mothering from global perspectives, comparative ethnicities and historical contexts.
The editor of this collection seeks article-length contributions in the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences that may include, but are not limited to the following topics:
· foster mothering · queer co-mothering · gay mothering and the “modern family” · open adoption mothering · closed adoption mothering · grandmothering · non-residential mothers · non-custodial mothers · men and mothering · co-mothering · fictive kin mothers · community mothers · African American, African, Caribbean, Latin American, and Native American other mothers · other mothering in religious practices · Godmothers across cultures · tiger mothering · single mothers · representations of other mothers/other mothering in literature, popular culture, the arts ·
Abstracts should be 250 words. Please also include a CV.
Deadline for abstracts: October 12, 2011
Accepted papers of 4000-5000 words (15-18 pages) will be due on April 2, 2012 and will conform to MLA style format
Please send submissions by email directly to:
Angelita Reyes, School of Social Transformation,
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85284,
6. Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection on DISABLED MOTHERS*
Co-editors:Gloria Filax and Dena Taylor
Publication Date: 2014
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: DECEMBER 31, 2011!
While there are several books on raising children with disabilities, the literature is scant on experiences of disabled women who are raising children OR the experiences of those parented by a woman with disabilities. Bringing together disability with mothering has the potential to challenge dominant narratives of both mothering AND disability. Noticing dominant ideas, meanings, and/or stories/narratives (normative discourses) regarding both ‘mothering’ and ‘disability’ expose the limits beyond which disabled mothers live their daily lives.
The goal of this edited collection is to add to literatures on mothering and disability through providing stories by disabled mothers or their children as well as chapters of scholarly research and theorizing. We intend that both stories and research in this collection will raise critical questions about the social and cultural meanings of disability and mothering. Whether a birth mother, an adoptive mother,a foster mother, a co-mother, someone mothered by a disabled woman, or someone whose research explores disabled mothering, we invite you to submit to this collection.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
How are disabled women discouraged from having children? How does the medical model of disability shape the meanings assigned to disabled mothers? How do chronic illnesses affect mothering? Are disabled mothers healthy mothers? How do the social and cultural models of disability shape how we understand disabled mothers and mothering? Are disabled mothers oppressed? How doissues of race,class, and sexuality affect disabled mothers and their families? Should disabled mothers ‘pass’ as normal? How are pregnancy and birth experiences shaped by disability? How do children experience and understand a disabled mother? What support is needed and received by disabled mothers? How does the built environment, both public and private, shape the experiences of disabled mothers? What kinds of issues are there with children’s schools, health professionals and/or children’s attitudes? What form, if any, does social and political activism take? Do legal remedies work to assist disabled mothers (for example, disability as a protected category in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms or the Americans with Disabilities Act)? How does a mother’s disability expose the expectations of mothering? How does a mother’s disability expose the assumptions about disability? How is society disabling of mothering? How can we ‘do’ disabled mothering differently?
Abstracts should be 250 words. Please also include a brief biography (50 words) with citizenship.
Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] and firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for Abstracts is December 31, 2011
Accepted papers of 4000-5000 words (15-20 pages) will be due October 15, 2012 and should conform to MLA citation format.
*Tanya Titchkosky argues that referring to “disabled people” is preferable because it emphasizes disablement as a social process that prevents certain people from access to resources and goods available to others. “People with disabilities” implies that disability is not part of what it is to be a person and leaves disability as a problem. We agree with Titchkosky and therefore our choice of the title for this collection is “Disabled Mothers”. (See Tanya Titchkosky (2003) Disability, Self, and Society. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, chapter 2).
7. Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection on Mother of Invention: How Our Mothers Influenced us as Feminist Academics and Activists
Co-editors: Vanessa Reimer and Sarah Sahagian
Publication Date: 2014
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: SEPTEMBER 15, 2011!
This anthology will bring together essays from feminist activists and academics alike. The goal of this anthology is to act as an antidote to matrophobia and mother-blaming by bringing together a variety of feminist narratives about how our mothers, intentionally or not, have influenced and inspired our feminist work and identities. The purpose of this book is to show mothers as a productive force in their children’s development. While not exclusively a celebration, this anthology will affirm mother work’s importance.
Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
Race, ethnicity, sexuality, lesbian mothering , class, ability, age, religion, feminist mothering, empowered mothering, maternal thinking, intensive mothering, diasporic mothering, social mothering/community mothering, lone mothering/single parent mothering, foster mothering, adoptive mothering, transgendered mothering, mothers in the academy, activist mothering, mothers and work, mothers and daughters, mothers and sons, motherlines, cultural bearing, othermothering, matroreform, challenging matraphopia, feminist mothering, feminist allegiances/alliances across the generations, modeling/mentoring feminism, radical mothering, young mothers/mothering, maternal activism/movements, mothers and daughters and 2nd/3rd/4th wave feminism, mothering and migration, feminism in a global context.
Abstracts: 250 Words. Please include a brief biography (50 words) (and include citizenship information)
Please send submissions to both Sarah.Sahagian@gmail.com [mailto:Sarah.Sahagian@gmail.com]
and email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject Line: Mother of Invention Abstract
Deadline for Abstracts is September 15, 2011
Accepted papers of 2000 to 5000 words in length (7 to 20 pages) will be due March 15, 2012 and should conform to APA style.