CFP: Bodies that Matter: Representations of Motherhood in U.S. Media

full name / name of organization: 
Amanda Rossie / Ohio State University
contact email: 
amanda.rossie@gmail.com

CFP: Bodies that Matter: Representations of Motherhood in U.S. Media

2012 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference
March 21-25, 2012
The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers

In times of national crisis, focus often shifts to the figure of the mother, which has come to represent everything from savior to monster. Representations of maternal bodies make their way into popular films, television shows, news coverage, and other media, drawing our attention to the multiple meanings these bodies hold in the stories we tell about ourselves as Americans. As such, this panel will discuss compelling and telling representations of motherhood / the maternal in U.S. media, with a focus on how these maternal bodies relate to culture, politics, religion, and the construction of the nation. To be considered for the panel, please submit 300-word abstracts to the panel chair, Amanda Rossie (Ohio State University) by August 15, 2011 at amanda.rossie@gmail.com.

cfp categories: 
african-american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
religion