CFP: Mothers Under Fire: Mothering in Conflict Areas

Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection entitled  
Mothers Under Fire: Mothering in Conflict Areas  
Editors: Dr. Tatjana Tak!eva and Dr. Arlene Sgoutas  

With the increase of conflict areas worldwide, this collection will look at the experiences of women mothering in conflict areas. Recent examples from the Middle East, The Balkans, Sudan, Somalia, the Congo, Peru and other places around the globe affected by military and civil-ethnic conflict have shown that violence is often gendered and has a unique impact on women and mothers. The aim of this collection is to engage with the nature and meaning of motherhood and mothering during times of war and/or in zones experiencing the threat of war.

Topics can also include (but are not limited to):
Mothering in occupied lands, refugee camps, disaster zones, military conflict; mothers and sexual violence; children born of war time rape; humanitarian assistance; mothers and nationalism; relationships between mothers and daughters/sons in times of armed/conflict; giving birth during war or under the threat of war; mothers and militarization; mothers contesting gender norms and practices in conflict areas and/or during times of war; mothers and human rights/violations; mothers and the justice system; motherhood, mothering and forms of sexual or racial discrimination in conflict zones; mothers as peacemakers; mothers and child soldiers; mothering and the family in conflict areas; mothers and armed conflict on the screen; activist mothers; the role of social media and mothers in conflict zones; mothers and military/political resistance.

We welcome perspectives from a variety of disciplines. Cross-cultural, historical and comparative work is encouraged.

Submission Guidelines:
Abstracts: 300 words. Please include a 50-word biography (if Indigenous, include nation/affiliation)  
Deadline for Abstracts is July 31, 2013  
Please send submissions and inquiries directly to: Dr. Tatjana Tak!eva, or Dr. Arlene Sgoutas  

Completed manuscripts not exceeding 20 pages will be due early spring 2014, and should conform to MLA guidelines. Acceptance is contingent and will depend upon the strength and fit of the final piece.

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