Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement: VLF Partner and Calls for Papers

I am happy to announce that Viva la Feminista is now partnering with the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement. This means that I will be posting their calls for papers and conferences to help get the word out. I really admire the work that Dr. O'Reilly has done in bringing motherhood and mothering into academia. MIRCI publishes books (which I will be reviewing on a regular basis) as well as an academic journal (which I will also review).Today I'm only posting summaries of the CFPs for conferences and journals, but in the future, I will post the full CFP. So keep an eye out!

In order of the nearest deadline:
  1. Counting on Marilyn Waring [Full CFP]
    Co -Editors: Margunn Bjørnholt and Ailsa McKay
    Publication Date: 2013/2014

    This book will explore the impact, range and influence of Marilyn Waring’s work since the publication of her book If Women Counted. We encourage submissions that explore how Waring’s critical perspective on the system of national accounts has drawn attention to the nature and value of women’s work, and especially how that perspective has inspired activist groups in both community and global settings. Contributions from both a theoretical and practical, policy oriented, focus that highlight the impact on teaching, research and social/public policy interventions will be welcomed. The book will also include an interview with Waring.

    Submission Guidelines:
    Abstracts should be 250 words. Please also include a brief biography (50 words).
    Please send to and

    Deadline for Abstracts is August 30th, 2011

  2. Mother of Invention: How Our Mothers Influenced us as Feminist Academics and Activists [Full CFP]

    Co-editors: Vanessa Reimer and Sarah Sahagian

    Publication Date: 2014

    This anthology will bring together essays from feminist activists and academics alike. The goal of this anthology is to act as an antidote to matrophobia and mother-blaming by bringing together a variety of feminist narratives about how our mothers, intentionally or not, have influenced and inspired our feminist work and identities. The purpose of this book is to show mothers as a productive force in their children’s development. While not exclusively a celebration, this anthology will affirm mother work's importance.

    Submission Guidelines:
    Abstracts: 250 Words. Please include a brief biography (50 words) (and include citizenship information)

    Please send submissions to both and
    Subject Line: Mother of Invention Abstract

    Deadline for Abstracts is September 15, 2011

  3. Mothers and Mothering in a Global Context [Full CFP]
    February 24-25th, 2012, Christ Church, Barbados
    This conference explores motherhood and mothering in a global context by highlighting the commonality and also the diversity in how mothers care for children and others across, and beyond, borders and cultures. We welcome submissions from researchers, students, activists, community workers, artists and writers and papers that explore the meaning and experience of motherhood in a global context from a all academic disciplines including but not limited to motherhood studies, anthropology, history, literature, popular culture, women’s studies, sociology, and that consider the theme across a wide range of maternal identities including racial, ethnic, regional, religious, national, social, cultural, political, and sexual. Cross-cultural perspectives on the subject matter are particularly welcome.

    Keynote Speakers TBA

    If you are interested in being considered as a presenter, please send a 250 word abstract and a 50-word bio by September 15th, 2011 to

  4. Mothers and History: Histories of Motherhood [Full CFP]
    May 10-12, 2012, Toronto, ON, Canada

    We welcome submissions from scholars, students, artists, mothers and others who research in this area. Cross-cultural and comparative work is encouraged. We are open to a variety of types of submissions including academic papers from all disciplines and creative submissions.

    This conference will explore the nature, status and experience of mothers and motherhood in various historical, cultural and literary contexts, and examine the many ways in which mothers in different historical periods have been affected by, viewed, and/or challenged contemporary cultural norms and dominant ideologies regarding their role.

    If you are interested in being considered as a presenter, please send a 250 word abstract and a 50-word bio by September 15th, 2011 to

  5. Other Mothers/Other Mothering [Full CFP]

    Editor: Angelita Reyes Publication Date: 2013

    Other mothers and other mothering roles may be found throughout history and across diverse cultures. Other mothers may be the paradigmatic first responders, the first-teachers of informal and formal learnings, or first care-givers for the formative triage years of children and youth. Other mothering denotes the continuity and contemporary practices of shared, communal, or assumed mothering responsibilities that are empowering and inclusive of social transformation. Despite the prevalence of this practice and increasing scholarship about other mothering, an edited collection on this important and central cultural paradigm does not yet exist. The aim of the present collection is to investigate the history, possibilities, differences, continuities, transformations, or advancements of other mothering, paying particular attention to liberating potentials of destabilizing patriarchal representations of motherhood and family structures. As interconnected and transnational cultures are in full swing into the 21st century, both men and women can perform and enable diverse and holistic roles of other mothering. How does other mothering transform the language implications of gender? How do we interrogate the roles of mothering for both women and men? This collection will explore the fluid, empowering and diversified roles of other mothering across cultures. Thus, of particular interest are submissions that interrogate other mothering from global perspectives, comparative ethnicities and historical contexts. The editor of this collection seeks article-length contributions in the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences that may include, but are not limited to the following topics:

    Submission guidelines:
    Abstracts should be 250 words. Please also include a CV.
    Deadline for abstracts: October 12, 2011

  6. Mothering in the Age of Neoliberalism [Full CFP]

    Editor: Melinda Vandenbeld Giles

    The term “neoliberal” has come to define our current global age, yet definitive understandings of what “neoliberal” means remains a contested terrain. In the past three decades, neoliberal economic/social ideology has created a global world governed by free-market principles. The purpose of this edited collection is to explore the meanings and effects of neoliberalism from the perspective of “mothers.” Arising from an inclusive and broad understanding of “mothering,” the intent of the collection is to compile diverse works from an assortment of geographical areas and interests pertaining to mothering and neoliberalism. For the purposes of this volume, neoliberalism is to be understood as a social as well as political/economic ethos whereby the free-market focus has come to infiltrate all aspects of society. The collection will focus on ethnographic (research-based) and theoretical submissions.

    Submission guidelines:
    Abstracts: 250 words. Please include a 50-word biography (with citizenship information.)

    Deadline for abstracts is November 1, 2011
    Please send submissions and inquiries directly to:
    Melinda Vandenbeld Giles:

What I love about MIRCI is that they accept papers from activists. So no need to flash a PhD to get in the door. You just need some kick ass writing. Now, go! Write!

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