01 October 2010

Call for Papers - Motherhood Studies: Developing and Disseminating a New Academic Discipline for a New Century

Post date: 01 October 2010
Deadline: 1 April 2011


Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI)
International Conference on Mothering, Motherhood and Education featuring an embedded conference on Motherhood Studies: Developing and Disseminating a New Academic Discipline for a New Century
October 20-23, 2011, Toronto, ON, Canada

We welcome submissions from scholars, students, activists, workers, artists, mothers and others who work or research in this area. Cross-cultural, historical and comparative work is encouraged. We are open to a variety of types of submissions including academic papers from all disciplines; presentations by community activists, healthcare professionals, and social service workers; creative submissions (performances, films, storytelling, readings of poetry and fiction, visual arts displays); workshops; and other alternative formats.

This conference will explore the relationship between mothering, motherhood, and education, examining the countless ways in which women have been affected by, view, and/or challenge existing educational ideologies and policies and/or develop new theories, practices, identities, and meanings from the multiple locations of teacher, learner, and mother/othermother/surrogate mother.

Topics may include but are not restricted to:

Normative & disruptive discourses about motherhood and education; pedagogical othermothering & midwifery; mothering in the academy; teaching & learning from mothers at the margins (mothers of color, teen mothers, First Nation/aboriginal/Native American mothers, low-income mothers; adoptive mothers, queer and transgendered mothers…); maternal pedagogies; empowered mothering & teaching; mothering, education, & disability; education & infertility; men, mothering, & education; mothering & homeschooling; mothering, education, & activism; education & the public/private split; mothers' historical experiences of education; teaching one's actual or surrogate children; navigating cultural expressions of “good” and “bad” mother/ing; second/third shift responsibilities & education; transmitting maternal knowledges; motherhood & online teaching; problematizing the motherly teacher; literary/artistic/pop cultural representations of motherhood & education; teaching and/or learning parenting skills; educating public policy makers about mothering/motherhood; challenges to patriarchal and/or imperialist educational ideologies and practices; motherhood, education, & health; feminist motherlines & education; teaching/learning about mothering/motherhood through new media

Keynote Speakers: TBA

If you are interested in being considered as a presenter, please send a 250 word abstract and a 50-word bio by April 1, 2011 to info@motherhoodinitiative.org

One must be a member of Motherhood Imitative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) to submit an abstract for this conference.

Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI)
140 Holland St. West, PO Box 13022
Bradford, ON, L3Z 2Y5 (tel) 905-775-5215

Topics may include but are not restricted to:

Is a distinct scholarly discipline of Motherhood Studies needed or necessary? What are the benefits and risks of creating a distinct discipline? How do we determine what is Motherhood Studies and what is not? Is such determined by the content and or perspective of the scholarship? Are there methodologies and or pedagogies distinct to Motherhood Studies; what are they? What topics have been well-researched? What areas require further study and research? What are the strengths of Canadian Motherhood Studies? What is the hertory of Motherhood Studies in Canada? Have some regions and universities been more prominent (and why)? What is the relationship of Motherhood Studies to Women's Studies, Childhood Studies, and Feminist Studies? Is Motherhood Studies feminist in its perspective and content? Does it have to be? How does Motherhood Studies relate to the burgeoning studies of fatherhood/parenthood? How do we study motherhood without falling prey to the scholarly limitations of dentity politics‟ and essentialism? How do we best develop and disseminate Canadian motherhood studies?

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