July 13th – 16th, 2016, Melbourne, Australia RMIT University, City Campus
This conference will explore, examine, critique, theorise and respond to key issues related to how mothers negotiate competing demands in the twenty first century. The conference is grounded in feminist theory – particularly Adrienne Rich’s account of Motherhood as Patriarchal Institution and Mothering as Practice – and will explore the ways through which cultural understandings and social practices continue to impact mothers’ lives. The competing demands that mothers negotiate include but are not limited to paid work and professional pursuits, unpaid work (including care- work), creative activities, sporting commitments, online endeavours, volunteerism, religious involvement, and personal relationships. Specific attention will be paid to the current trend of outsourcing mothering to paid-carers and/ or grandparents. How women negotiate such competing demands alongside their mothering roles, and the impacts of such negotiations on a mother’s sense of self will also be explored. Submissions are welcome from, but not limited to, scholars, students, activists, community workers, bloggers, mothers, and others who research, work or are interested in this area of scholarly and social activism.
Please send a 200-word abstract and a 50-word bio by February 5th 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org