Call for CANADIAN Co-Editor for Edited collection: Mothering Children with Mental Illness

deadline for submissions: 
July 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Mary Bronstein
contact email: 

SEEKING CANADIAN CO-EDITOR for a new book about mothering children with mental illness for Demeter Press.

Title: The Mother and the Insurmountable: Mothering Children with Mental Illness

This edited volume will take on a difficult but important topic in motherhood studies: the mothers of mentally ill children. Through a feminist lens, this book will aim to explore who these mothers are, what their experiences of motherhood are like, and how society views them. Often blamed for their children’s difficulties, mothers of mentally ill children face stigma, shame, and judgment in the face of extremely challenging realities. The history of the medical, psychological, and psychoanalytical establishment has much to answer for here, but so does society at large. This volume is concerned with mothers of children under the age of 18 and will hopefully include a large range of particular mental illnesses that young children suffer from, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, eating disorders, suicidality, self-harm, reactive attachment disorder, and various other DSM-5 diagnoses. Academic contributions, creative/personal essays, historical analysis, and case studies will all be welcomed.

Co-editor Mary Bronstein will be writing an introduction and a chapter about mothers of young children with diagnosed eating disorders. In addition to helping to review submissions, copyedit chapters and help with organizing the project, it will be expected that the Canadian co-editor will also write an original chapter for the book. Full CFP for contributions will not be launched until the co-editor is selected. 

This edited volume will be published by Demeter Press, a Canadian publisher specializing in books on mothering, reproduction, sexuality and family: http://demeterpress.org/ 

About the co-editor: Mary Bronstein, MA, MS is an American writer/rogue feminist scholar/filmmaker based in NYC. MA: Psychology in Education, applied psychology, Columbia University, MS: Child Life, Bank Street College of Education, Advanced Certificate in Gender Studies: Western Kentucky University. Scholarly work includes feminist analysis of The Babysitters Club (Lexington), The Lonely Doll series (MacFarland), original theory about metaphysical relationships between mothers & daughters (Demeter), original theory analyzing the connection between boy’s play and rape culture (Demeter) and feminist analysis of father/daughter incest in alternative comics (forthcoming, NY Review of Books). For 18 years Mary worked directly with children in hospitals and educational settings. She is currently writing full time for film and television.

If interested please email marybronstein@gmail.com describing your interest and fit, with a bio by July 15. Reminder: due to funding stipulations for this project, we are seeking Canadian citizens only.