UPDATE: [Gender Studies] Latina:Chicana Mothering (Edited Collection and Extended Deadline)

full name / name of organization: 
Dorsia Smith Silva

Demeter Press
is seeking submissions for an edited collection on
Latina/Chicana Mothering
Publication Date: Fall 2010
Editors: Dorsía Smith Silva and Janine Santiago

We are very excited to edit an interdisciplinary book on mothering in the
Latina and Chicana communities. We seek papers that examine the
narratives, histories, practices, and theories of Latina and Chicana
mothering as they reflect the realities and complexities of diverse
perspectives. Latina and Chicana mothering is a rich experience, which
engenders a sense of identity, multiple viewpoints, and cultural
orientations. Here, the Latina/Chicana mothering experience seeks to
provide a site for inquiry of those life histories and legacies, which
have been marked by undergoing childbirth, raising children, or becoming
mothers, as well as transatlantic mothers. One of the main goals of this
text will be to examine the complex representations of Latina and Chicana
mothering and to address the space where Latina and Chicana perspectives
are in many cases rendered invisible.

We encourage varied approaches from across the humanities and social
sciences including, but not limited to topics as the following:
theoretical, historical, cultural, feminist, maternal, transgender, and
gender studies; personal and reflective essays; ethnographies; oral
histories, cultural studies; literary representation; mother activists
and activism perspectives; constructions and hybridity theories of
identity and changes in identity; constructions of ethnicity and changes
in ethnicity; Latina and Chicana/mothering in global and transnational
contexts; issues of immigration, diaspora, citizenship, national
identity, embodiment theories; feminist philosophies of mothers and
mothering; film and media representations; mothering conflicts;
ideological and social debates and tensions within discussions of Latina
and Chicana mothering; mothering critiques; issues of Latina and Chicana
mothering, especially as they intersect with categories of race,
discrimination, class, gender, economics, nation, family, community,
education, and language; law, political, or scientific issues; politics
and public policies; poverty; health, health care, reproduction, and
reproductive rights; the role of web communities and technology;
spiritual, cultural, emotional, communal, or social influences; support
services for Latina and Chicana mothers; self-sponsored Latina and
Chicana mothering communities and institutions; ideologies in Latino and
Chicano communities

Abstracts/Proposals (250-400 words) due October 31, 2008
Acceptances made by December 1, 2008
Accepted and completed papers (15-20 pp. double-spaced, MLA format) due:
March 31, 2009

Please send inquiries and papers, along with a brief biography, to:
Editors, Dorsía Smith Silva and Janine Santiago at

About the Editors:

Dorsía Smith Silva teaches English in the College of General Studies at
the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. Her research and teaching
focus on Ethnic and Caribbean Literature, the Latino community and the
Diaspora, and feminism. She is the author of several articles and is the
co-editor of The Caribbean without Borders: Caribbean Literature,
Language, and Culture (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008).
Janine Santiago is an Assistant Professor of English at University of
Puerto Rico, College of General Studies. Santiago was granted a Ph.D. in
American Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo in
2003. Her research interests are in the areas of Gender Studies, Oral
History, Caribbean Women Writers, and Hispanic and Latino/a Literature
and Popular Culture. She has published several articles, including her
work in Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia (2006).

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The Association for Research on Mothering (ARM)
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4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
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