Working Mothers Medieval/Modern (A Roundtable)

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
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CFP: Working Mothers Medieval/Modern (A Roundtable)

Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS) Sponsored Session

53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 10-13, 2018

From married holy women (e.g., Margery Kempe, Birgitta of Sweden) and queens to midwives and craftswomen, many medieval mothers managed responsibilities and followed callings in addition to raising children and caring for their homes. This roundtable session asks panelists to discuss what it meant to be a working mother in the Middle Ages, how modern concepts of motherhood and work/life balance can assist our study of medieval motherhood, and/or how the study of medieval working mothers can provide insight into challenges faced by working mothers today. It aims to further interdisciplinary dialogues about issues and solutions for modern working mothers, particularly in academia. Panelists will have time to present a short paper or set of remarks (5-10 minutes, depending on number of panelists), before the roundtable is opened for discussion.

Please send proposals and participant information forms (available on the Congress website) to session organizer Meghan Nestel ( by September 15.