Representing Motherhood:Mothers in the Arts, Literature, Media and Popular Culture

In celebration of Mother's Day, The Motherhood Institute for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) with co-sponsor, Ryerson University Department of English, are hosting a conference on the topic of Representing Motherhood: Mothers in the Arts, Literature, Media and Popular Culture May 21-22, 2010, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON. 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 encourage a variety of types of submissions including academic papers from all disciplines, workshops, creative submissions, performances, storytelling, visual arts, and other alternative formats. Topics can include (but are not limited to): Representing the Maternal in Film, Video, Art, Music, and Theater; Theorizing Motherhood and Representation; Race, Representation and Motherhood; Maternal Ambivalence in visual culture; Countering Media Discourses on Motherhood; Maternal Loss, Depression, and Domestic Violence; Performing Feminist Mothering in Practice and Expression; Mother Writer: Writing Motherhood; Creating Outlaw Children; Imaging LGBT Mothers and Maternity; "Late bloomers": Post-Maternal Mother Artists; Representing Motherhood on the Internet; The Politics of Motherhood and Spirituality in Music and Visual Culture; Motherhood, Art, and Creativity; Healing and Creativity; The Performance of the Maternal or Performing Motherhood; Mothering and Disability: Producing New Paradigms of Normal; Motherhood in the News: Mothers as Newsmaker; Documenting Motherhood: Maternal Documentaries; Mothers, Motherhood and Photography; Behind the Camera: Mothers as Filmmakers, Directors, Producers; Mother Musicians across Musical Genres: Rock, Rap, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Country Narratives of Creative Mothers: Moms who "Rock," Expressing: Imaging Breastfeeding Mothers, Mommy Bloggers: Re-Writing Motherhood, etc.; Dealing with (Post-partum) Depression by Making Creative Work; Pregnant moms; Celebrity mothers; How images of fathers impact motherhood representation; News media coverage of foster moms; Moms in politics; teen mothers in film or television; advertising as aimed at pregnant/new Moms; Mothers as consumers; Mothering and the representation of Class EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS *Please email 250 word presentation abstract (including title) and 50 word bio to by April 10, 2010 Motherhood Institute for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) ------------------ Dr. Andrea O'Reilly, Associate Professor, School of Women's Studies, Founder-Director: Association for Research on Mothering, Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, Demeter Press, Co-Founder, Museum of Motherhood, Co-Founder, International Mothers Network, Editor, Encyclopedia of Motherhood, Sage Press, 2010. York University, Toronto, Ont., M3J 1P3 416 736 2100;60366 RECENT BOOK PUBLICATIONS: Monographs Toni Morrison and Motherhood: A Politics of the Heart. SUNY Press, 2004. Rocking the Cradle: Thoughts on Motherhood, Feminism and The Possibility of Empowered Mothering.Demeter Press, 2006. Edited: Books Feminist Mothering. SUNY Press, 2008. Maternal Theory: Essential Readings.Demeter Press, 2007. You Can Get There from Here: Celebrating 25 Years of Bridging Courses for Women at York University. With Ruby Newman. School of Women's Studies, York University, 2006. Motherhood: Power and Oppression. With Marie Porter and Patricia Short. Women's Press, 2005. 

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