CFP: Mothering, Mothers and Sex Work

Demeter Press
is seeking submissions for an edited collection entitled
Mothering, Mothers and Sex Work
Co-Editors: Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich and
Monique Marie De Jong

In a transnational, intersectional framework, this book will discuss theorizations, lived experiences of and legal and governance frameworks affecting mothers and their children who are impacted by or involved with sex work.

This book will also examine how mothers affected by sex work are understood in popular discourse and discounted as good or "real" mothers in Western patriarchal societies. We encourage submissions that interrogate popular discourses about mothering, virtue and demonization, especially those focusing on resistance and agency by mothers.

We welcome submissions from researchers, students, activists, community workers, artists and writers and papers that explore meanings and experiences of mothering and sex work from all academic disciplines including but not limited to motherhood and women's studies, anthropology, history, literature, popular culture, law and sociology.

Submissions of specific interest will consider these themes across a wide range of maternal identities including racial, ethnic, regional, religious, spiritual, historical, national, social, cultural, political, and sexual.

Topics can also include (but are not limited to):

Explorations of theoretical connections between sexual agency and maternal agencies; mothers and mothering affected by historical sex work, including contexts in which sexual services were commodified historically, including the Ancient Greek Heterai, Italian courtesans and the Japanese Geisha; survival patterns of mothers affected by sex work; mothering, mothers, sex work and religions, spiritualities, mythologies and/or cosmologies; mothering and mothers after involvement with sex work; common interests between "outlaw" mothers and sex workers; legal regimes and their treatment of sex work; how sex work affects mothers; children's rights, sex work by adolescents, lived experiences of mothers in sex work; mothers of sex workers; gender identity, sexuality and mothers' involvement with sex work.

Submission Guidelines:

Abstracts: Please send a 250-word description of the proposed paper, including a tentative title. Along with this, please include a 50-word biography and your full contact information.  

Deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2014.

Full Manuscripts: Please ensure that the manuscript conforms to MLA style, and is 15-18 pages (double-spaced) in length. Final acceptance of the manuscript for inclusion in the collection rests upon the strength and fit of the completed full piece.

Deadline for full manuscripts is October 1, 2014. 

To Submit: Please direct all submissions and inquiries to Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich at

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