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- CFP First Annual I <3 MOM Conference, St. Pete, Fla & JourMS -

CFP/ Feb. 10-11 
 Museum of Motherhood Call for Papers 

Mothering from the Margins
Deadline for Submissions November 15, 2016
St. Petersburg, FL
10-11 February 2017
Calling all social scientists, women’s, sexuality, and gender scholars, masculinity studies scholars, motherhood and fatherhood scholars, artists, performers, and those interested in caregiving and motherwork more generally for a creative and critical dialogue around the concept of “mothering from the margins.”
Each individual and family engages in care practices from a specific social location, made up of a multitude of intersecting and co-constituting identities that are accompanied by significant privileges and oppressions. For many, motherwork takes place from the margins of society, where individuals and kin networks that do not conform to dominant family structures find themselves. We aim to consider the experiences of oppression, the possibilities for empowerment, and the impacts on individuals, families, and children when people mother from the margins. Of special interest are the following topics: LGBTQ+, queer, and alternative kinship structures; teen and young adult parents; racial minority and multiracial families; transnational caregiving and undocumented families; motherwork from and within marginalized faith communities; adoptive, blended, and multi-household families; caring for or as differently-abled or neuro-atypical; single mothers; low-income mothers and families using public assistance; conceiving and parenting after miscarriage or child death; and negotiating in/fertility; as well as those who do not identify with normative-retro-patriarchal versions of mothering and caregiving. What are some of the ways mothers can speak up, speak out, and perform with ferocity?
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 also encourage a variety of types of submissions including individual academic papers from all disciplines, proposals for panels, creative submissions, performances, storytelling, visual arts, film, music, audio, and other
alternative formats.
All participants are encouraged to submit their presentation, post-conference for publication in the Journal of Mother Studies (JourMS), in August of 2017. See more at
Thank you to last year's partners: TC & Manhattan College

On A Personal Note

M. Joy Rose, DirectorDear Friends -

Apologies for the absence, it has been several months since our last newsletter. A lot has happened:
We moved to St. Petersburg, Fla. and began renovations on the new M.O.M. Art Annex.
Mother The Job exhibit is up and running, although the new space with the Andrea O'Reilly Library is delayed until January (beginning then, it will be open by appointment only).
The first-ever I <3 M.O.M. Conference will take place in Florida, Feb. and then return alternate years to NYC in conjunction with Teachers College. CFP is available online. Please circulate widely.
JourMS (Journal of Mother Studies) launched in August. We are seeking academic publishing. If you are interested in getting involved please write us at
On a personal note, I lost both my mother and brother within a few months of each other. This has been an extremely difficult period, filled with grief, loss, and lots of family time. I am trying really hard to rally my energy for the tasks at hand, but this has sometimes proved challenging. I will be attending the 20th Anniversary MIRCI Conference Oct. 14-15 in Toronto. Join us if you can! Shout out to Procreate Project and the Motherhouse. We send love and best wishes. The summer experiment looked great!!
If you are interested in internships with M.O.M., joining the Academic Committee for the Florida Conference, or have something you’d like to bring to our attention, please write me, Martha Joy Rose
Love Always, M. Joy Rose
JourMS has Launched! 
 The Journal of Mother Studies has launched. Read more..... [LINK]

877.711.MOMS (6667)

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