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International Conference on Mothering, Motherhood and Education

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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

Deadline for abstracts: April 1, 2011!

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, health care 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

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Kim Anderson, University of Guelph, author of Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood

Nancy Naples, University of Connecticut, author of Feminism and Method: Ethnography, Discourse Analysis and Activist Scholarship

Jane Ward, University of California, Riverside, Respectably Queer: Diversity Culture in LGBT Activist Organizations

Other Keynotes TBC

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

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

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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