Panel for SAMLA: Mothering as Resistance: Creating/Subverting Networks of Care as Acts of Resistance

deadline for submissions: 
June 15, 2018
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In summer of 2017, Wonder Woman challenged cultural assumptions of box office superheroes and positioned motherhood as an integral part of a feminist resistance. But motherhood as an act of resistance began long before Wonder Woman’s re-introduction to mainstream pop culture. Motherhood is often used as a rhetorical strategy in anti-violence movements, but motherhood is also used to justify violence as resistance. This panel invites submissions that consider the role of the mother as central to individual, local, national, and global activisms and resistance movements in literature, media portrayals, online communities, grassroot campaigns and more. Paper proposals may consider (but are not limited to) non-biological mothers, monstrous mothers, mothers against gun violence/drunk driving, use of motherhood in pro/anti-feminist movements, mothers on the frontlines, mothers who resist typical performance of maternity, social activist mothers, and motherhood and body politics. Proposals focusing on multiethnic, multicultural, and queer motherhood/maternal resistance are especially welcome.

By June 15, 2018, please submit  a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Margaret Mauk at Florida State University ( or Brandi Bradley at Florida State University (

SAMLA 90 will take place in Birmingham, AL from November 2 to November 4. For more information, visit the SAMLA site at