CFP: Feminist Mothering (9/1/03; collection)

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Cheryl Dobinson
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Call for Papers: Edited Volume on FEMINIST MOTHERING edited by Andrea

Feminist mothers and feminist scholars of motherhood have long
recognized that motherhood, as it is lived and represented in
patriarchal culture, is deeply oppressive to women. Building upon
Adrienne Rich's 1976 book Of Woman Born, maternal scholars distinguish
between the patriarchal institution of motherhood and women's
experiences of mothering which are female-defined and centred and
potentially empowering to women. In the 25 plus years since the
publication of Of Woman Born numerous scholars have documented how and
why patriarchal motherhood is oppressive to women. In contrast, little
has been written on empowered, or more specifically feminist, mothering.
With the notable exception of Tuula Gorden's 1990 book Feminist Mothers,
there does not exist a book-length publication
specifically on the topic of Feminist Mothering. The proposed edited
collection seeks to fill this gap in the scholarship. The proposed
volume will examine, from diverse perspectives, theories and practices
of feminist mothering. Possible topics and approaches include, but are
not limited to: Narrative inquiry on the meaning and experience of being
a feminist mother; Analysis of feminist mothering in literature and
popular culture; Sociological/anthropological/psychological studies of
feminist mothering; Theory/Theorizing on feminist mothering. I am
particularly interested in receiving submissions on this topic from the
perspective of queer mothers, women of colour, working class women, and
young mothers. If you are interested in being part of this collection
please email a 250-500 word abstract (in Word or WordPerfect attachment)
bio and full contact information to me by September 1/2003. Accepted
papers are to be 15 pages in length, in MLA format, and are to be
received by Sept 1/04. The editor's bio is provided below. If you have
questions, please contact me at the address below. thanks!

Andrea O'Reilly PhD,
Associate Professor,
Co-ordinator Bridging Program,
School of Women's Studies,
President, Association for Research on Mothering (ARM),
726 Atkinson College,
York University,
Toronto Ontario,
Canada, M3J 1P3
Phone: 416 736- 2100; Ex: 60366


Andrea O'Reilly, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Women's
Studies at York University where she teaches a course on motherhood (the
first course on Motherhood in Canada; now taught to more than 200
students a year as a Distance Education course), and the Introduction to
Women's Studies course. She has presented her research at numerous
international conferences and she is the author of more than two dozen
articles and chapters. She is co-editor/editor of four books on
Motherhood: Redefining Motherhood: Changing Identities and Patterns
(Second Story Press, 1998), Mothers and Daughters: Connection,
Empowerment and Transformation (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000), Mothers
and Sons: Feminism, Masculinity and the Struggle to Raise our Sons
(Routledge Press 2001) From Motherhood to Mothering: The Legacy of
Adrienne Rich's Of Woman Born (SUNY, 2004). Her sole-authored book Toni
Morrison and Motherhood: A Politics of the Heart, also with SUNY, is in
press. She is currently completing Reconceiving Maternity: From
Sacrificial Motherhood to Empowered Mothering and editing Mothering A
Movement: Conversations with the Pioneer Feminist Scholars on
Motherhood. O'Reilly is founding president of the Association for
Research on
Mothering, (ARM); the first feminist association on the topic of
mothering-motherhood with more than 500 members worldwide, and is
founding and editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Association for
Research on Mothering. In 1998 she was the recipient of the University
wide "Teacher of the Year" award at York University. She has given many
talks and conducted numerous workshops on motherhood and mothering. As
well she had been interviewed widely on this topci including appearances
on "More to Life", "Planet Parent", "Canadian Living Television", "Sex
TV", "Next.New.Now" CBC radio and Time Magazine. Andrea and her
common-law spouse of twenty-one years are the parents of an
nineteen-year old son and two daughters, ages fourteen and sixteen.

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