Writing at the intersection of motherhood, feminism and my Latinidad

29 November 2011

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence: Nobel Women's Initiative

Another amazing group working on women's rights around the world.

The Nobel Women’s Initiative uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize and courageous women peace laureates to magnify the power and visibility of women working in countries around the world for peace, justice and equality.

They have a lovely blog for the 16 Days project too! 

Not only that, but I will soon have the honor of joining NWI on a delegation to Mexico and Central America. More details when I can post them! Until then, my passport is tapping its foot in anticipation.

28 November 2011

Three New Titles from Demeter Press

Demeter Press is pleased to announce the releases of

Latina/Chicana Mothering
edited by Dorsía Smith Silva

Latina/Chicana Mothering provides a glimpse into the journey of mothering within the diverse spectrum of the histories, struggles, and stories of Latinas and Chicanas. Here, the Latina/Chicana mothering experience emphasizes the need for various conceptualizations of mothering, especially in regard to the conditions which shape the lives of Latinas and Chicanas, such as race, gender, sexuality, culture, language, social status, religion, kinship, location, and migration. The book has four sections: testimonios (narratives), links between motherhood and communities, mothering challenges, and literary and cultural images of Latina/Chicana mothers. As the essays in this book unfold, they reveal new images of motherhood and offer ways to transform Latina/Chicana mothering.

"Compelling narratives, testimonios, empirical research and literary representations on mothering make up Latina/Chicana Mothering. Dorsía Smith Silva has assembled a powerful collection of essays that get at the spirit of Latina/Chicana mothering. Diversity of thought and discipline is the beauty of this anthology as it extends the topic across studies in education, incarceration, violence, homelessness, popular culture, and feminine icons among others. This is essential reading in Chicana feminist work, women studies, ethnic studies, feminist theory, and motherhood."

-Ruth Trinidad Galván, Department of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies, University of New Mexico, co-editor of the Handbook of Latinos and Education.
-Dorsía Smith Silva is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. She is the co-editor of Caribbean Without Borders: Caribbean Literature, Language and Culture and Critical Perspectives on Caribbean Literature and Culture.

October 2011

258 pages $34.95

ISBN 978-0-9866671-3-8



Maternal Pedagogies: In and Outside the Classroom

edited by
Deborah L. Byrd and Fiona J. Green.

This is the first anthology to theorize about ways in which cultural views of motherhood and personal experiences of mothering affect the processes of teaching and learning, this collection features fifteen articles by Canadian and U.S. women of varying backgrounds, interests, and fields of expertise. Some essays examine ways in which individuals and groups who do not occupy positions of unearned privilege and power use maternal pedagogies to resist oppressive ideologies and practices based on race, class, sexual identity, and ability, while others reflect on how belonging to one or more privileged groups affects the author's pedagogical views and experiences. Some contributors focus on the teaching and learning that occurs when parents are interacting with their children; others examine ways in which ideas about mothering and motherhood affect teacher-student dynamics that occur within educational institutions; still others discuss ways in which the teaching of one's children resembles and differs from the teaching of one's students. Other essays foreground ways in which contemporary public policies and institutions shape or are shaped by maternal pedagogies, whereas others examine the relationship between mothering and teaching from an historical perspective or in the context of activism and social justice work.

"The book brings up a plethora of important questions about the changing definitions of motherhood in different contexts, cultures and historical periods, and across different mediums of communica- tion and educational settings. The editors have created a provocative collection of essays on what is a relatively new and under-theorized topic for both women's studies and education."

-alice e. giNsberg, author of And Finally We Meet: Intersections and Intersectionality among Feminist Activists, Academics and Students

-Deborah Lea Byrd is Associate Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania. She is lead editor of Teaching the Isms: Feminist Pedagogy Across the Disciplines (2010) and has published articles on 19th- and 20th-century British writers, mentoring programs for teenaged and low-income single mothers, and building and sustaining partnerships with community organizations.

-Fiona Joy Green is a feminist mother, Chair of the Department of Women's and Gender Studies and a Co-Director of the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. She is the author of Feminist Mothering in Theory and Practice, 1985-1995: A Study in Transformative Politics (2009), and Practicing Feminist Mothering (2011).

Fall 2011 978-0-9866671-6-9 $34.95 pb / 6 x 9 / 238 pp. education / motherhood studies / feminist studies / social change / justice and activism


Through the Maze of Motherhood: Empowered Mothers Speak
written by Erika Horwitz

This is a unique book that argues that mothers who are critical thinkers and who take a stance against social pressures to be perfect mothers experience a sense of empowerment. The book is based and expands on qualitative research that explored the experience of mothers who resist the current discourse on mothering. Through the Maze of Motherhood conveys what it is like to resist a strong societal discourse and how some mothers have managed to navigate the intricacies of the process of resistance. This book also dispels the belief that there is one right way to mother and, therefore, suggests that a process of questioning and resisting the current myths may result in a more autonomous, agency driven, and empowered way to mother. This book will not only encourage resistance that can lead to freedom from the oppression of the discourse, but that it will also persuade women to refrain from judging one another and develop a strong community with a strong voice against the ideal of the prefect mother. Through the Maze of Motherhood gives voice to mothers who are in a process of resistance to the discourse on mothering and it unpacks the many benefits, intricacies, challenges, and struggles they experience. Moreover, the book provides evidence for the notion that critical thinking and resistance are experienced as empowering even though they present some challenges.

"Through the Maze of Motherhood gives voice to women who bucked the norm of good motherhood ... and have no regrets. They mothered their way, and, in doing so, felt challenged but empowered. It is a must-read for independent-minded mothers and scholars."

-Shari Thurer, author of The Myths of Motherhood: How Culture Reinvents the Good Mother

"Erika Horwitz's book is a refreshing and important look at how resistance works, is experienced by mothers, and what supports mothers' resistance and challenges to dominant discourses of motherhood. By interviewing mothers rather than only theorizing resistance, Horwitz adds a much needed exploration in motherhood studies about the personal, contextual, and situational factors that support resistance to the dominant, white, and western model of motherhood. By doing so, Horwitz encourages readers and mothers to find strategies of resistance that can work for them, while also encouraging mothers to support one another in the struggle to resist the dominant discourse of motherhood."
-D. Lynn O'Brien Hallstein, Boston University

"Drawing on many examples from the life experiences of mothers and on her wealth of knowledge from 20 years of teaching parenting courses, Erika Horwitz offers rare and honest insight into how some mothers have made decisions to successfully deviate from the confining and limiting dominant set of rules and expectations of motherhood in ways that result in the mothers feeling empowered as they actively engage in alternative ways of parenting."

-Fiona Joy Green, author of Practicing Feminist Mothering and co-editor of Maternal Pedagogies: In and Outside the Classroom
Erika Horwitz is a registered psychologist. She is the Director of Counselling Services at Simon Fraser University and a Lecturer both at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia in their Faculties of Education and Counselling Psychology Programs. She has published several articles on the topic of motherhood, and has appeared on television and radio interviews as an expert and advocate for mothers. Dr. Horwitz lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her two daughters and her husband.

Fall 2011

250 pages $34.95

ISBN 978-0-9866671-4-5

27 November 2011

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence: The Global Fund for Women

It's the end of the semester and I sadly do not have time to devote to properly participating in "16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence." Instead I am pointing you to the Global Fund for Women's blog where they are doing an excellent job at showing you not just the work they do, but what these 16 days are all about such as:
  • Founded by the United Youth of Philippines – Women, Inc (UnYPhil-Women), this crisis center represents a “safe haven, an empowering place for women and girls” impacted daily by a conflict that has killed more than 150,000 people and displaced two million more.[link]
  • For the past 20 years, amidst wars in the former Yugoslavia, Women in Black remains a beacon of nonviolent resistance to militarism, war, sexism and nationalism. Whether standing still and silent on the streets of Belgrade or organizing theatrical performances, advocacy campaigns or street actions, Women in Black is a powerful voice in demanding gender justice.[link]
  • Kashindi, a widow and mother of six, has something to celebrate. After her husband’s death, her in-laws pressured her to marry her brother-in-law. When she refused, they responded by selling her house and land. However, with the assistance of Solidarité des Femmes Activistes pour la Défense des Droits Humains [Women Activists in Solidarity for the Defense of Human Rights (SOFAD)], Kashindi got her home back.[link]
I urge you to follow along as they continue their work of sharing stories of women around the world.


25 November 2011

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign


The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University in 1991. Participants chose the dates November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women, and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a human rights violation.

From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World:
Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!

Building upon the information gathered from participants during the 2010 campaign, this year’s 16 Days Campaign will delve further into five issues that were identified as priorities for those working on the intersections of violence against women and militarism:

1) Bringing together women, peace, and human rights movements to challenge militarism.

2) Proliferation of small arms and their role in domestic violence

3) Sexual violence in and after conflict

4) Political violence against women, including Pre/During/Post-election violence

5) Sexual and gender-based violence committed by state agents, particularly the police or military

Over the next several years, CWGL will work to support the development of a coordinated, global, feminist critique of militarism and the violence it perpetuates. The 2011 campaign is an opportunity for reflection and conversations about what the global women’s rights movement can do to challenge the structures that allow violence against women to continue at all levels, from local to global. It is also a crucial time to reach out to and involve more men, boys, faith-based and traditional leaders, and other key partners in the work towards building a more just and peaceful world. While militarism is often discussed in terms of conflict situations, this Campaign theme seeks to broaden our understanding of the many ways militarism influences our daily lives. A crucial aspect of the 16 Days Campaign involves listening to the stories of women around the world and standing in solidarity with one another: It also emphasizes the importance of working locally to transform violent or militaristic mindsets. By focusing on how “peace in the home” extends outward and relates to “peace in the world,” we see how values of nonviolence can influence the attitudes of friends, families, communities, governments and other actors.

From the Theme Announcement in the Take Action Kit.

23 November 2011

THREE New CFP's from Demeter Press (Disabled Mothers, Black Mothers and Gender in Mothering)

Get your typing fingers ready because here are three new Calls for Papers from Demeter Press! All three are for edited collections.

CFPs are listed in order of abstract deadlines. So grab your calendar and thinking hat.




1) Disabled Mothers*

Co-Editors: Gloria Filax and Dena Taylor

Publication Date: 2014

While there are several books on raising children with disabilities, the literature is scant on experiences of disabled women who are raising children OR the experiences of those parented by a woman with disabilities. Bringing together disability with mothering has the potential to challenge dominant narratives of both mothering AND disability. Noticing dominant ideas, meanings, and/or stories/narratives (normative discourses) regarding both 'mothering' and 'disability' expose the limits beyond which disabled mothers live their daily lives.

The goal of this edited collection is to add to literatures on mothering and disability through providing stories by disabled mothers or their children as well as chapters of scholarly research and theorizing. We intend that both stories and research in this collection will raise critical questions about the social and cultural meanings of disability and mothering. Whether a birth mother, an adoptive mother, a foster mother, a co-mother, someone mothered by a disabled woman, or someone whose research explores disabled mothering, we invite you to submit to this collection.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:


How are disabled women discouraged from having children? How does the medical model of disability shape the meanings assigned to disabled mothers? How do chronic illnesses affect mothering? Are disabled mothers healthy mothers? How do the social and cultural models of disability shape how we understand disabled mothers and mothering? Are disabled mothers oppressed? How do issues of race, class, and sexuality affect disabled mothers and their families? Should disabled mothers 'pass' as normal? How are pregnancy and birth experiences shaped by disability? How do children experience and understand a disabled mother? What support is needed and received by disabled mothers? How does the built environment, both public and private, shape the experiences of disabled mothers? What kinds of issues are there with children's schools, health professionals and/or children's attitudes? What form, if any, does social and political activism take? Do legal remedies work to assist disabled mothers (for example, disability as a protected category in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms or the Americans with Disabilities Act)? How does a mother's disability expose the expectations of mothering? How does a mother's disability expose the assumptions about disability? How is society disabling of mothering? How can we 'do' disabled mothering differently?

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts should be 250 words. Please also include a brief biography (50 words) with citizenship. Please send to gfilax@shaw.ca and detaylor@cabrillo.edu

Deadline for Abstracts is December 31, 2011

Accepted papers of 4000-5000 words (15-20 pages) will be due October 15, 2012 and should conform to MLA citation format.

*Tanya Titchkosky argues that referring to "disabled people" is preferable because it emphasizes disablement as a social process that prevents certain people from access to resources and goods available to others. "People with disabilities" implies that disability is not part of what it is to be a person and leaves disability as a problem. We agree with Titchkosky and therefore our choice of the title for this collection is "Disabled Mothers". (See Tanya Titchkosky (2003) Disability, Self, and Society. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, chapter 2).

2) Chasing Rainbows:
Exploring Gender Fluid Mothering Practices


Co-Editors: Fiona Green and May Friedman

Publication Date: Early 2014

Feminist mothering creates unique challenges. Mothers may struggle with shifts in their own subjectivity and the peculiar conjoinment of parenthood. As women experience the unique powerlessness of motherhood, they also hold the uncomfortable power of acting as agents of socialization and social control over their children. While this power is evident in many areas of parenting, it is especially keenly experienced in the area of gender and mothering.

Feminist mothers may attempt to resist gender binaries; they may submit to them while attempting to foster critical dialogue; they may struggle with the display of their own femininity or, for some, its perceived lack. For some parents a dialogue about gender normativity may be inspired by gender-diverse behavior on the part of their own children, while others may parent children who happily submit to the mainstream and query the need for gender questioning. Chasing Rainbows: Exploring Gender Fluid Mothering Practices attempts to cast a lens on the messy and convoluted ways that feminist parents approach parenting their children in gender aware and gender fluid ways. The collection aims to draw together scholars, activists and community members to open a conversation about the challenges of exploring and maintaining an awareness of gender while parenting in a highly gender normative world. Because gender is expressed and performed differently in various places and spaces, and across different ages, this collection welcomes submissions from feminist parents and from the widest range of experiences.

Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to:

Cross-cultural, historical, transnational, comparative and interdisciplinary modes of inquiry and analysis
Gender fluid parenting within and beyond cisgendered mother and father parenting roles
The challenges and gifts of affective/psychic/embodied transformations of gender fluid parenting
Media representations and spectacles of gender fluid/diverse/variant families
Alternative visual and artistic depictions of gender variant socialization in/of family life
Racialization of gender variant parenting/family discourses
Gender diverse self-help parenting texts
Community based gender variant/diverse/fluid family activism and organizing
Commodification of gender fluid mothering and gender variant families
Practical and theoretical ways of complicating and shaping fluid gender expression
Broad social and historical forces that impact what can be done and said in the name of gender diverse families

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts should be 250 words. Please also include a brief biography (50 words) with citizenship.

Please send to: may.friedman@ryerson.ca, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St.,
Toronto, ON M5B 2K3 and f.green@uwinnipeg.ca, University of Winnipeg,
515 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3T 1M5.

Deadline for Abstracts is March 15, 2012 & Deadline for Acceptances is May 15, 2012.

Accepted papers not exceeding 15 pages (3750 words) will be due February 15, 2013

and should be formatted according to MLA guidelines. The book is to have 50 percent
Canadian content, so Canadian contributors are especially encouraged to submit.


3) Patricia Hill Collins: Reconceiving Black Motherhood
Editor: Kaila Adia Story

Publication Date: 2014

In 1965 a then sociologist and eventual US senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan released his report, The Negro Family: The Case for National Action. The report concluded that the Black family existed as a tangle of pathology, which struggled to make progress toward economic and political equality due to its deterioration of the concept of the nuclear family. Since the release of the report forty-six years ago, many Black feminists and motherhood scholars have elucidated the ways in which Moynihan's conception of the Black family, in particular the Black mother, was couched in racist, classist, and sexist notions of the family and the institution of motherhood. One such Black Feminist scholar was Patricia Hill Collins. In the spirit of Demeter Press and the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI), this anthology seeks to discuss the impact/influence/ and/or importance of Patricia Hill Collins on motherhood research. The goal of this edited collection is to add to the existing literature on Black Motherhood and the Black Family. In addition, this collection will raise critical questions about the social and cultural meanings of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and mothering.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

How has Hill Collins' work disrupted or undone previous work about motherhood? How has Hill Collins' work paved the way to understanding the institution of Black motherhood? How has Hill Collins discussed conceptions of Motherhood and agency in her work? What has Hill Collins' work done to reconceptualize our ideas of Black mothers and fathers? Which aspect of Hill Collins' work speaks to sexuality and conceptions of parenting? How can we unpack Hill Collins' conception of "real mothers"? How does Hill Collins' notion of the "new racism" relate to the institution of mothering? What does Hill Collins' work do to move conversations of national identity and race forward? How has Hill Collins' work allowed other motherhood scholars to rewrite the constellation of motherhood?

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit abstracts of 250 words and include your 50 word bio and citizenship

Deadline for Abstracts is April 1, 2012

Please send submissions and inquiries directly to:

Kaila Adia Story: doctressstory@gmail.com

Disclosure: I am getting a complementary membership to MIRCI and subscription to the journal in return for posting these updates. It is, however, something I would have agreed to do for free because I think their work is so wonderful.

21 November 2011

Book Review: Math Dictionary for Kids

When one starts to plan out parenthood, you take into consideration where you are in your career, money, and how many kids you might want in your family. The one thing I clearly did not consider was the massive amount of homework today's kids bring home in their backpacks.

And while I am a science nrrd and math was my best and favorite subject, I truly love the copy of Math Dictionary for Kids I received over the summer.

The hardest part of helping the kid with her homework, especially math, are definitions. Do you remember what an acute triangle is? Identity property? Can you explain it to a 8-year-old? And that's the hard part, remembering the exact definition and then explaining it so that your child doesn't fail that part of the exam. It's one thing to think you know the answer, it's another when your daughter comes home with a -1 on a test and you know you taught her the wrong thing. We've done that with a few spelling words! Which is why I now look up words I swear I know how to spell.

While you can try to do a web search for math terminology, there's something empowering about having your 8-year-old look up a definition or technique for herself.

The only issue I have with the book is that it is grouped by concept (algebra, geometry, etc) versus a pure alphabetic listing. There are occasions when it makes sense, but for the most part, it's pretty confusing.

Despite the flaw in organization, it is still well used in our household. You can get your family a copy at Powells or IndieBound.

Disclaimer: A publicist offered me a copy for review. 

* Book links are affiliate links. If you buy your book here I could make a very small amount of money that goes towards this blog by helping me purchase books for school. Thanks!

18 November 2011

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair -- Coupon

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is this weekend, November 19 & 20 at Chicago’s Navy Pier.

Admission is $10/adult; $5/children; Free for ages 3 & under

According to the press release, it is the largest public toy and game fair in the U.S. Attendees get to preview, play and purchase the hottest new toys and games. You also get to meet the inventors of toys and games on exhibit at the Fair.

There should be lots to do for the whole family – Live stage entertainment, free tournaments and contests, Star Wars Breakfast, giant-sized interactive toys and games, costumed characters roaming the Fair.

And I get to offer you a coupon for $2 off admission! Click on the image to open a PDF of the coupon.


We'll be there Saturday morning, so hope to run into some friendly faces.

And if you comment on this post by 10 pm tonight, I'll select someone for a free family pass!

16 November 2011

NEW CONFERENCE CFP: Mothering and Reproduction


CALL FOR PAPERS
Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI)
MOTHERING AND REPRODUCTION

featuring an embedded conference on the topic of
MOTHERING, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY

October 18-20, 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 submissions including
academic papers from all disciplines and creative submissions including visual art, literature, and performance art.

This conference will examine the ethical, political, social/cultural, economic, historical, religious, spiritual, and psychological dimensions of reproduction and mothering. While the larger conference will be broad in its interpretation and engagement with the subject of 'Mothering and Reproduction', an embedded conference will be specific to exploring how mothers' decisions and experiences of reproduction and mothering have been/are influenced by science and technology. This Call For Papers is for both the larger conference, and the embedded one. Please feel free to submit to either, without necessarily specifying which you have in mind for your abstract/presentation.

Topics may include but are not restricted to:
Bioethics and fertility; abortion, birth control and assisted fertility in a cross cultural context; reproductive
technologies and the interplay of religion; mothering in families of high order multiple births; mothering on the
blogosphere; queer engagements with reproduction; motherhood and the technological womb; modern childbirth and maternity care; (mis)educative experiences teaching and learning about menstruation and reproduction; re/productive roles mothers play in de/constructing embodied understandings of reproduction; surviving tramautic birth experiences; mothers in academe/research; mothering and the workplace, how technology permeates the work/home barrier; attachment with adopted and biological children; birth plans; how science and technology inform social justice issues; assisted reproductive technologies, state policy, and federalism's impacts on women in the United States and around the world; reproductive decisions and a politics of location; impact of social media on opinions regarding reproduction; "mothering" from a distance; the experience of egg donation; mothers' changing relationship with "the experts" regarding birthing, infant care in the age of infectious diseases, baby books and birth control; reproductive rights and wrongs, including rise of contraceptive technology alongside state-coerced sterilization; mothering in the Information Age; maternalist political rhetoric in favor of labor rights; mothering bodies; pre and postnatal bodies and reconstructive surgery; eating disorders and reproduction; reproductive consciousness and politics of reproduction; outcomes associated with scientific/technological intervention; outsourcing of reproduction to developing nations; maternal and erotic/maternal eroticism; history of reproductive technologies; Indigenous mothers and mothering; cross-cultural perspectives on reproduction including reproductive technologies.

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 March 15th, 2011 to info@motherhoodinitiative.org

** TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT FOR THIS CONFERENCE,
ONE MUST BE A MEMBER OF MIRCI

http://www.motherhoodinitiative.org/membership.html
Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI)
140 Holland St. West, PO Box 13022, Bradford, ON, L3Z 2Y5 (905) 775-9089
http://www.motherhoodinitiative.org info@motherhoodinitiative.org

Disclosure: I am getting a complementary membership to MIRCI and subscription to the journal in return for posting these updates. It is, however, something I would have agreed to do for free because I think their work is so wonderful.

10 November 2011

CFP: Motherhood/Fatherhood and Popular Culture



Call For Papers: Motherhood/Fatherhood and Popular Culture

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)National Conference:
2012 Boston, Massachusetts, April 11- 14

Julie Tharp and Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb write in This Giving Birth: "Ever since a pregnant Demi Moore exploded the beauty myth by posing nude for a magazine cover and Madonna cast off her boy-toy image to sing the praises of maternity, popular culture has also begun to embrace dear old mom." At the same time, Modern Family, Mr. Mom, Thomas Beatie, the At-Home Dads Convention, and Superdad: a Memoir of Rebellion, Drugs and Fatherhood are just a few examples testifying to how popular culture has been embracing dad.

Liz Podnieks is looking for papers for multiple panels for the new PCA Area Motherhood/Fatherhood which showcases (from humanities and social sciences perspectives) any aspect of motherhood and or fatherhood in popular culture.

Possible topics to consider include, but are not limited to, the following:
-TV shows, including talk shows, family dramas, sitcoms, and animation
-print and electronic journalism and gossip rags; magazines
-celebrity culture
-electronic sites/technologies like blogs, Facebook, Twitter
-advertising and marketing
-visual art including photography, scrapbooking, mixed media
-film; performance; music
-graphic fiction/memoir
-best-selling literatures including mommy lit, momoirs, and dadlit
-pregnancy manuals and "expert" parenting guides/literature
-fashion
-politics
-reproductive technologies
-law and policy; maternal and paternal activism/organizations

For information on the PCA/ACA, please see: http://pcaaca.org/
Abstracts (200-250 words) will be accepted on a continuing basis up to December 15, 2011. Abstracts must be submitted online at: http://ncp.pcaaca.org/.

Please send any inquiries to the Area Chair:
Liz Podnieks, Associate Professor
Department of English and
Graduate Studies in Communication and Culture
Ryerson University, Toronto
lpodniek@ryerson.ca

08 November 2011

It's Time for Women to Stand Together Against Nukes

A special message from Naomi Watts and former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson



Over the next decade, the US government will spend $600 billion on nuclear weapons. That's while the government cuts budgets for teachers and schools suffer from overcrowding. Then, when our kids are ready to go to college, they'll face ongoing tuition hikes and less financial aid.

With education, health care and social services on the chopping block, now is the time for us to speak up.

06 November 2011

Viva la Feminista is headed to Atlanta



Friday morning I'll be on a panel with my Girl w/Pen sisters at the 2011 National Women's Studies Association conference.Our panel title is "Gone Virtual: Opportunities & Challenges for Feminist Scholar-Bloggers" is on Friday at 9:45 AM. Which will be a bit of a challenge for me since I'll be getting into Atlanta around midnight because I have class on Thursday nights. Thus I apologize to the 8 am panels that I'll be eating breakfast through.

If you will be there, please leave me a comment or @ me on twitter so we can meet up!

Internet access is not going to be strong at the conference, so I can't say that I'll be live-blogging/tweeting anything. I will have my phone in order to tweet things when I can. I also have draft 2 of a paper due the Monday I return, so I will have my laptop in order to write. Wish me luck in balancing an awesome conference with homework!

01 November 2011

The aftermath

I have tried really hard to keep this blog separate from my work life. For one, I work for the state, so I try to keep my rantings and ramblings about how the state works to politics, not on how my actual employer is doing. So the fact that NBC used my blog as my "title" and not my actual work title meant that far more people know about this blog than before last week. It's not like I was hiding it, just trying to keep things in separate boxes. And despite being a blogger & quite the media hound, I'm terrible at self-promotion.

Last year at Leadership Illinois, we had a presenter on social media and I sat there quietly enjoying the presentation. Until one point when I asked a question or responded to someone else's question. The presenter asked me how many followers *I* had and kinda blew his mind. I get stuff done, but I don't flaunt it. Or at least I try not to flaunt it. Also last year a colleague asked me to be on a panel about social media at work. She then did a real time Google of me to show and it freaked me out. Why? I can't quite put into words. Just more of that two separate arenas. And it's not like I'm not "Viva la Feminista" at work either! I guess I just don't want my employer to have to deal with my ramblings.

So here my two worlds are meeting again. And it still freaks me out, but it is also nice. It'll be cozy soon enough. As long as I don't write anything here that pisses my long line of "bosses" off. *waving*