A “New” Motherhood?: Evolving Policies, Practices, and Families will take place May 2-4, 2013 in New York City. Deadline for paper submissions is December 15, 2012 This conference asks: What factors, past and present, inform our “new” ways of understanding motherhood, fatherhood, and notions of family?
We encourage submissions that provide critical insights into mothering, fathering and family issues; that draw direct links between theories and/or research findings; or that offer practical approaches to issues facing contemporary mothers and families. The overarching goal of this conference is to provide an environment to explore new ideas and approaches for tackling issues that concern mothers as well as important others who fill a care giving role in the family. Examples of possible topics include, but are not limited to: global reproduction; birth practices and rituals; histories of family formation; the “new” fatherhood; changing public policy on maternal care; co-parenting ideologies; activism and motherhood; cross-cultural perspectives on the meanings of motherhood; literary and media representations of the changing figure of the mother; and public health perspectives on motherhood and pregnancy.
We welcome submissions from scholars, students, activists, artists, community agencies, service providers, journalists, mothers and others who work or research in this area. Cross-cultural, historical, and comparative work is encouraged. We also encourage a variety of types of submissions including individual academic papers from all disciplines, proposals for panels, creative submissions, performances, storytelling, visual arts, film, music, audio and other alternative formats.
All submissions will be peer reviewed. Individual presenters, panelists, as well as individuals submitting alternative presentation proposals (e.g., performance, media, music) will be notified of acceptance by January 20, 2013. Following the conference, a selection of papers will be considered for a published, edited collection. Submissions must include a title, and a maximum 250-word abstract for individual papers, panels, and other submission types (e.g., performance, media, music). Additionally, panel submissions must add short (50-100 word) abstracts of the individual papers that will be included in the panel. Conference registrants are invited to submit ONE presentation proposal.
The proposal form can be found on the Museum of Motherhood website: http://www.mommuseum.org/apply/ GUEST SPEAKERS/PERFORMERS: TBA Conference will be held at: Museum of Motherhood, 401 East 84th Street, New York, NY Conference Fee: $150
If you have any questions about the upcoming conference, please feel to email your query to any one of us on the academic conference organizing committee: Aurelie Athan – MA Program Director, Full-time Lecturer, Department of Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, US. [Athan@exchange.tc.columbia.edu] Lynn Kuechle – Coordinator, Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota, US. [firstname.lastname@example.org] Lynda Ross (Chair) – Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, Athabasca University, Athabasca, AB, Canada. [email@example.com] Laura Tropp – Associate Professor and Chair, Communication Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY, US. [firstname.lastname@example.org]