CFP--Edited book on Mothering, Community, and Friendship

deadline for submissions: 
August 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Demeter Press

CALL FOR PAPERSDemeter Pressis seeking submissions for an edited collection entitledMothering, Community, and FriendshipEditors: Norma I. Peña Rivera, Janet MacLennan, and Dorsía Smith SilvaDeadline for Submissions: August 15, 2017This edited collection aboutmotherhood, community,and friendship welcomescontributions not only fromacross interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives, but also from the spectrum of people whoexperience, create, construct, value, study, and change communities such as academics, community workers,activists, educators, urban planners, artists, and members of mothering groups. Considering a broad meaningof communities, it includes virtual and “analogous” (real) communities, in time and in space. We are alsointerested in how relationships form, especially in mothering groups and maternal friendships. We lookforward to including both academic and creative (i.e., fiction, narrative, creative non-fiction, poetry, art, etc.)submissions in our exploration of mothers, mothering, friendship, and community. Essays may include stories,analysis, and poems about mothers andtheir lives, personal and social in scope, in the city, the neighborhoodor across nations, in narratives about the past or present, and desired utopias for the future.We welcome varied approaches including, but not limited to: • personal and reflective essays• theoretical, historical, cultural, feminist, maternal, transgender and queer studies• ethnographiesand other qualitative inquiry• creative explorations• quantitative studies• material cultural studies of such topics as constructions of community; changes in community, hybridity theories of community;motheringin communities; feminist philosophies of community; film and media representations; ideologicaland social debates and tensions within discussions of mothering and community; issues of mothering andcommunity as they intersect with race, class, gender, nation; communication and relationship development incommunities; welcoming and non-welcoming communities with respect to motherhood; legal or scientifichistories; activism; navigation of space, movement,access and design of spaces; issues of social justice incommunities; politics and public policies; poverty; queer and/or transgender theories; emotional mood ofcommunities; reproduction/reproductive rights of women in communities; the role of web communities; thespiritual, emotional or social impact of communities; self-sponsored communities and institutions. Please consider that submissions that correspond to all three topics—mothering, community, friendship—willbe most favorably reviewed. Submission Guidelines:Submit completed work or abstract/proposal (300-500 words) with a 100-wordbiography by August 15, 2017. Abstract/proposal should be included in the text of an email message with thesubject line ABSTRACT Last Name, First Name. Completed work should be attached as a Word documentwith your name as the document name. Acceptances will be made by September 30, 2017. Accepted andcompleted papers (15-18 pages double-spaced with references in MLA 8th edition format) will need to bedelivered byJanuary 31, 2018. Please send inquiries and abstracts to editors Norma I. Peña Rivera, JanetMacLennan, andDorsía Smith Silva at motheringcommunityfriendship@yahoo.com.