The Centre for the Study of Women and Gender of the University of Warwick is delighted to invite you to its 2016 Annual Lecture.
The lecture is free to attend (no registration required) and open to all.
Monday, February 1st 2016, from 5.30 to 7.00
Social Sciences building, S0.19
PROFESSOR WENDY HOLLWAY (Open University)
Becoming a mother, gender and feminism
(Discussant: Dr. Julie Walsh, University of Warwick)
Abstract: The period of becoming a mother is a fundamental issue for feminism and a challenging one for the transdisciplinary study of women and gender, involving experiences that are hard to access through available language and discourses. How we understand, theorise and represent the perinatal period of mothering reaches into questions of gender equality and gender difference, parenting and how we treat women’s reproductive bodies and the biological. To explore these themes, my talk draws on a piece of empirical research about becoming a mother for the first time, using Bracha Ettinger’s matrixial theory to point beyond the binaries in accounts of women’s reproductive capacities, parental care and gender equality.
WENDY HOLLWAY is Emeritus Professor in Psychology at the Open University. She is interested in applying psychoanalytic principles to theorising subjectivity, to methodology and to empirical research on identity, especially with reference to gender. Her ESRC-funded research on the transition to a maternal identity uses both free association narrative interview and psychoanalytic observation methods. Her most recent book is ‘Knowing Mothers: Researching Maternal Identity Change’, 2015, Palgrave.
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