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CALL FOR PAPERS: Mothering and Literacies

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Demeter Press
is seeking submissions for an edited collection on

Mothering and Literacies

Editor: Amanda Richey Publication Date: 2012/2013

Deadline for abstracts: April 15, 2011
This collection will explore the connections between mothering/motherhood and literacy as it is broadly defined. Literacy, in this case, encompasses reading/writing literacy as well as multimodal, "new"/digital, and contested multiliteracies that are socio-culturally situated and contextually defined. Mothers are often the object of cultural and popular discourses on family literacy, as well as targets in international campaigns to increase literacy learning. There has been little scholarly attention paid to how mothers in diverse socio-cultural contexts do literacy, as well as how "new" digital literacies have been mediated or challenged by mothers and motherhood. By critically examining the connections between mothers and literacies, this collection will open up a new area of inquiry. We especially encourage submissions that interrogate popular discourses about mothering and literacy in and out of educational contexts. Also welcome in this volume are alternative or new definitions of literacy/literacies across a diverse array of community contexts and disciplinary areas.

Suggested topics may include but are not limited to:
Motherhood studies' and New Literacy Studies; family literacy; race, class, ethnicity and mothering; Motherwork; Adrienne Rich and literacy; being mothered in school; intersectionality, constructions of mothering/motherhood as literate practice, as social activism, as a set of literacies; reading/literacy education; teen pregnancy and school experience; literacy narratives; pedagogical practices in prek-16 (and beyond); adult education pedagogy; Paulo Freire and motherhood/parenthood; mothers and fathers "doing" literacy; mothering as literacy; motherhood and poetry, blogging, fiction, nonfiction, essay-writing, mommyblogging; the "new momism;" parenting as literacy, autoethnography of mothering and literacy learning/teaching; multiliteracies; language learning and mothering; homework literacies; cyber-literacies; health literacies and reproductive technologies; literacy/motherhood journey; narrative & autobiographical accounts of literacy; mothering in educational contexts; "other" mothers in education; gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender mothering and literacy; reading and writing though/about pregnancy, birth, motherhood, adoption; photojournalism/photo-documentation as literacy; Facebook as a "new literacy" for mothers/mothering; bicultural/bilingual family literacy; international mothering; women's literacy initiatives in international development; family literacy discourses; "teach the parent, reach the child," and popular literacy advice; discourse analysis of literacy advice/texts/campaigns; quilting/sewing/cooking as literacy; oral literacy, storytelling and motherhood; feminist literacy; popular cultural and the maternal; homeschooling literacy and family practices; mothers, religion, and literacy; mothering in the academy; mothering as literacy assessment; grieving literacies; deconstructing literacy; critical literacy in education and beyond; educational policy, motherhood, and literacy

Submission Guidelines:

Abstract submissions should be 250 words. Please also include a brief biography (50 words).
Deadline for abstracts is April 15st, 2011

Please send submissions directly to
Amanda Richey at

Accepted papers of 4000-5000 words (15-20 pages) will be due November 1st, 2011

and should conform to MLA style.

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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