CFP: [Gender Studies] Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal: Mothering in the 21st Century Special Issue
Womenâ€™s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal: Mothering in the 21st Century
Guest Editors: Annalisa Zox-Weaver and Elizabeth Callaghan
Womenâ€™s Studies currently seeks submissions for a special issue exploring contemporary
motherhood. The issue will have an interdisciplinary approach, and we therefore encourage
articles that deal with the literary, social, psychological, racial, cultural, and/or legal aspects of
contemporary American motherhood. We are also interested in first-person narratives of
personal experiences in mothering.
American culture is saturated with discourses about what it means to be a mother. This issue
seeks to unpack the ways in which these conversations and ideologies shape the lived
experiences of mothers as well as the concepts and idealization of mothersâ€™ identities.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
â€¢ Mothering Literature: Dr. Sears, Vicki Iovine, What to Expectâ€¦ the number of mothering
manuals has exploded in recent years. Even the author of Solve Your Childâ€™s Sleep Problems,
Richard Ferber, has become a verb as parents â€œFerberizeâ€ their children. What ideologies about
motherhood circulate in these manuals? What kinds of debates do they engage in, and what do
they suggest about parental identity?
â€¢ Mothering and Nannying: The recent proliferation of parental advice reality shows like
â€œNanny 911â€ and â€œSupernannyâ€ has produced a new discourse surrounding the relationship
between mothers and nannies. How has the role of the nanny as parenting guru affected the
way we view mothers, child care, children?
â€¢ Mothering and governmental and public policy: quality of life, societal/economic/political
support, welfare moms
â€¢ Mothering and media: cultural obsessions with pregnancy, bad mothering, body images and
â€¢ Ideologies and philosophies of mothering: attachment parenting, RIE, Waldorf
â€¢ Motherhood and class: In what ways do the current debates about what it means to be a
mother marginalize, occlude, or pathologize the experiences of working-class mothers?
â€¢ Mommy wars: competitive mothering and hyper-parenting, Mommy Martyrs, â€œhave it allâ€
â€¢ Marketing to mothers: conspicuous consumption, the commercialization of motherhood
â€¢ Gender questions: mothering vs. fathering vs. parenting, co-parenting, custody issues
â€¢ Mothering and medicine, the medicalization of children and trends in diagnosisâ€"autism,
ADHD, ADD, treatment for cholesterol, children as little adults, reproductive technologies,
â€¢ Mothering and the law: How have legal questions surrounding vaccinations, child care,
abuse, adoption, and parental custody shaped the image of mothers?
â€¢ Motherhood in the academy
â€¢ Motherhood and religion/spirituality
â€¢ Motherhood and feminism
Please submit papers of no more than twenty pages, along with an abstract of 100 - 200 words,
to Annalisa Zox-Weaver and Elizabeth Callaghan at MotheringIssue_at_rocketmail.com.
Submissions are due November 15, 2008.
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