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Mother Figures and Representations of Motherhood in English-speaking Societies

Représentations et figures de la maternité dans le monde anglophone

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Published on Friday, April 15, 2016 by Elsa Zotian

Summary

This conference aims to question the various ways in which motherhood is judged, how political choices are translated into cultural representations of mothers as either icons or scapegoats, and how these representations are received and challenged in a quest for either conformity or agency.

Announcement

Argument

This conference aims to question the various ways in which motherhood is judged, how political choices are translated into cultural representations of mothers as either icons or scapegoats, and how these representations are received and challenged in a quest for either conformity or agency.

The following approaches are particularly welcome, whether they address the USA, the UK, the Republic of Ireland, the Commonwealth or the English-speaking parts of Africa:

  • Representations of mother figures and motherhood in literature, the arts, and popular culture
  • Representations of motherhood in religious traditions and New Religious Movements
  • Roles assigned to mother figures in the perpetuation of gender roles.
  • The evolution of legislation on the age of consent and family policies since the 19th century
  • Sex education and the prevention of teenage pregnancies
  • Forms of mothering and choices of traditional or alternative mothering styles
  • Motherhood and racial or ethnic Othering
  • Inmates who are mothers
  • Mothers in the military
  • Motherhood and urban or rural poverty/downward mobility
  • Motherhood and homosexuality
  • Motherhood and transsexuality
  • Motherhood among sex workers
  • Motherhood and social and sanitary norms
  • Motherhood and disability/AIDS/illness
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Older motherhood
  • Lone motherhood
  • Single motherhood by choice
  • Adoption
  • Surrogate motherhood and ectogenesis
  • Foster care and stigmatisation of ‘inadequate’ parenting
  • Eugenicist undercurrents in scientific and political discourse

Submission guidelines

300-word abstracts along with a short CV in English should be sent

by September 1, 2016

to Dr. Cécile Coquet-Mokoko (cecile.coquet-mokoko@univ-tours.fr) and Prof. Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq (fabienne.portier-lecocq@univ-tours.fr). Best papers will be published.

The conference will be held at The University of Tours, France, from April 3 to 5, 2017.

 Scientific committee

  • Cécile Coquet-Mokoko, MCF 11e section (civilisation américaine), Université François Rabelais, Tours.
  • Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq, Professeur 11e sectio ( civilisation britannique contemporaine), Université François Rabelais, Tours.

Places

  • 3 rue des Tanneurs
    Tours, France (37)

Date(s)

  • Thursday, September 01, 2016

Keywords

  • maternité, figures maternelles, représentations, monde anglophone

Contact(s)

  • Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq
    courriel : fabienne [dot] portier-lecocq [at] univ-tours [dot] fr
  • Cecile Coquet-Mokoko
    courriel : cecile [dot] coquet-mokoko [at] univ-tours [dot] fr

Information source

  • Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq
    courriel : fabienne [dot] portier-lecocq [at] univ-tours [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Mother Figures and Representations of Motherhood in English-speaking Societies », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Friday, April 15, 2016, https://calenda.org/363967

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