Caribbean Mothering

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Demeter Press

Demeter Press
is seeking submissions for an edited collection on
Caribbean Mothering

Editors: Dorsía Smith Silva and Simone A. James Alexander Publication Date: Fall 2012

This anthology will examine the diverse and complex experiences of motherhood and mothering from a broad, interdisciplinary perspective. We welcome submissions that explore the major cultural,political, historical, and economic factors such as migration and transnationalism that influence the lives of Caribbean mothers. Further, we encourage writings that represent the relationships between Caribbean mothers and their children, perspectives of single Caribbean mothers, relationships of extended motherhood in Caribbean communities; and colonial, post-colonial, and modern representations of Caribbean motherhood from literary, historical, biological, sociological, political, socioeconomic, ethnic, and media perspectives. This incorporation of a variety of disciplines and methodologies will give insight to the issues on mothering within the Caribbean context and provide a space that recognizes the significance of Caribbean mothering.

The aim of this volume is to foster work on mothering that integrates the disciplines of feminist ideologies, literary criticism, and cultural analysis as well as represent the diversity of the Caribbean islands and Caribbean diaspora. We hope to include a range of academic writing and some narrative essays.

Topics can include (but are not limited to): gender, transgender, cultural, family, communication,
and Diasporic studies; sociology; Caribbean Studies; Postcolonial Studies; feminist theories; personal and reflective essays; ethnographies; mothering done by nannies, siblings, aunts, grandparents, co-parents, fathers, non-biological parents, stepmothering;
surrogate mothering; literary representation; mother activists and activism; constructions of identity; queer mothering; childcare; Caribbean/mothering in global and transnational contexts—i.e. migration, diaspora, citizenship, national identity, embodiment theories; feminist philosophies of mothers and mothering; film and media representations; mothering issues, especially as related to gender, family, economics, sexuality, race, nation, employment, community, education, law, activism, and politics and public policy; ideological and social debates and tensions; mothering critiques; health, health care, reproduction/reproductive rights; the role of web communities and technology; spiritual, cultural,
emotional, communal, or social influences; support services and institutions for Caribbean mothers;
ideologies in Caribbean communities.

Submission guidelines:
Abstracts should be 250 words. Please also include a 50-word biography.
Deadline for abstracts is August 1, 2010.
Papers of 4000-5000 words (15-20 pages) (includes notes and sources) will be due February 1, 2011 and should conform to the Modern Language Association style.

Please send submissions and inquiries directly to both:
Dorsía Smith Silva and Simone A. James Alexander at