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Call For Papers

5th Annual Conference

M.O.M. (Museum Of Motherhood) & MFI
(Motherhood Foundation Inc.) in collaboration with Mamapalooza at Marymount Manhattan College
The Vulnerable Mother: Social Interactions, Institutions, and Systems of Cultural Values

May 23rd, 24th and 25th, 2011

*Additional performance activities take place in New York City the weekend of May 21st & 22nd
Mothers in the Arts, Literature, Media and Popular Culture

Academic, Artistic, Cultural and Socially Relevant Presentations Welcome

We are currently accepting submissions for papers, panels, research projects, performance and roundtables for the upcoming conference entitled: The Vulnerable Mother: Social Interactions, Institutions, and Systems of Cultural Values. The goal of this conference is to create an interdisciplinary exchange of both academic ideas and popular culture about the well being of mothers and families. All submission should be limited to 250 words with a 50word bio of presenters in Microsoft Word.  Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2011.

We welcome submissions from scholars, students, activists, artists, community agencies, service providers, journalists, mothers and others who work or research in this area. Cross-cultural, historical, and comparative work is encouraged. We encourage a variety of types of submissions including academic papers from all disciplines, workshops, creative submissions, performances, storytelling, visual arts, and other alternative formats.

Sample Topics include: Vulnerable Mothers in Popular Culture, Mental Illness, Historical Perspectives on vulnerable mothers, The Mother-Child Relationship, Vulnerable Mothers in Film, Video, Art, Music, Dance and Theater; Theorizing Motherhood and Representation; Race, Representation and Motherhood; Visual culture; Countering Media Discourses on Motherhood; Maternal Loss, Depression, and Domestic Violence; Performing Feminist Mothering in Practice and Expression; Mother Writer: Writing Vulnerable Motherhood; Vulnerable Children; Imaging LGBT Mothers and Maternity; Post-Maternal Mother Artists; Vulnerable Mothers on the Internet; The Politics of Motherhood and Music and Visual Culture of Vulnerable Mothers; Motherhood, Art, and Creativity; The Performance of the Maternal or Performing Motherhood; Mothering and Disability: Producing New Paradigms of Normal; Motherhood in the News: Mothers as Newsmaker; Documenting Motherhood: Maternal Documentaries; Mothers, Motherhood and Photography; Behind the Camera: Expressing: Imaging Breastfeeding Mothers, Mommy Bloggers: Re-Writing Motherhood, etc.; Dealing with (Post-partum) Depression or Illness; Pregnant moms; How images of fathers impact vulnerable motherhood representation; News media coverage of foster moms; Moms in politics; teen mothers in film or television; Mothers as consumers; Mothering and the representation of Class in institutions and systems of cultural values.

The Motherhood Foundation Inc. (MFI), benefitting the Museum Of Motherhood, is a certified nonprofit 501c3 that creates, produces and presents artistic, educational and cultural content that studies and supports mothers and their activities. MFI disseminates information about mothers for broad public consumption, while paying tribute to mothers (Moms) free of age, race and socio-economic barriers. MFI cares about, and acts upon the status of women, while celebrating the courage, fortitude and ingenuity of mothers, and addresses important issues, creates meaningful content, and provides compelling community experiences.

All submissions to: http://www.MotherStudies.org

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Have Milk, Will Travel; Comic Adventures in Breastfeeding.

Calling all nursing mother-writers: Have you ever sprayed milk across the room at a particularly inopportune moment? Wangled a nursing toddler in a sticky situation? Traveled across the globe, or even across town, with a nursing babe and surprising results? Do you fancy yourself somewhat of a comedienne and have you lost all modesty through the years of pregnancy and nursing?

Share your stories!

Please send your real-life stories (Short or long, 500-2000 words) by September 1, 2010 to:

Rachel Epp Buller, rachel@ddtr.net

Subject line: comic nursing stories

Please include a 50-word bio along with your story

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