Mothers, Motherhood, and Mothering in Popular Culture - EXTENDED

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
contact email: 

The 38th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference

Albuquerque, New Mexico

February 15-18, 2017

Proposals are now being accepted for the Mothers, Motherhood, and Mothering in Popular Culture area! We are looking for papers/presentations/performances that address mothers, motherhood, and/or mothering as seen within popular culture, such as through:

  • representations (via TV, film, magazines, online media, literature, etc.) of mothers, motherhood, and/or mothering including pregnancy, comparison to fathers,
  • experiences of mothers, motherhood, and/or mothering and variances by race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality, class, age, ability, etc.
  • theories related to mothers, motherhood, and/or mothering,
  • studies about/with mothers,and
  • pedagogical applications of research/writing relating mothers, motherhood, and/or mothering.

Please keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list, as motherhood studies is a rich and fertile (hah!) ground for research and discovery.

Papers/presentations/performances incorporating intersectionalities of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, age, ability, citizenship, nationality, and/or class are particularly encouraged. Papers from graduate students are welcomed!

QUESTIONS?  Contact Kathleen Lacey, Area Chair, at

Submission Information

  • Submit proposals of up to 500 words to
  • Individual Presentation: Each presentation will last approximately 15 minutes.
  • Panel: If you want to propose a panel with multiple papers, please put each person’s individual paper abstract on a separate proposal form in the database.  Each abstract should also contain information such as panel title, panel chair, etc.
  • Deadline for submission: November 15, 2016