CFP - Feminist Encounters: Special Issue on Motherhood
CALL FOR PAPERS - FEMINIST ENCOUNTERS: A JOURNAL OF CRITICAL STUDIES IN CULTURE AND POLITICS
Issue 5 Autumn 2019
FEMINISM AND MOTHERHOOD IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Guest editor: Dr Charlotte Beyer, Senior Lecturer in English Studies, University of Gloucestershire
Motherhood has long been a vital yet complex, even problematic topic for feminism. This special issue of Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics investigates the meanings of motherhood for feminism today, and the challenges it poses, in a glocal context characterised by gender fluidity and social inequality.
In her 2010 book Twenty-first-Century Motherhood: Experience, Identity, Policy, Agency, scholar Andrea O'Reilly comments on the significance of motherhood, arguing that, "Over the last twenty-five years the topic of motherhood has emerged as a central and significant topic of scholarly inquiry across a wide range of academic disciplines." Yet motherhood has presented feminist critics and scholars with complex questions surrounding agency and identity. What are the problems and challenges encountered by women who mother, globally and locally, in real-life and in texts, and what insights do their experiences generate for 21st century feminism?
In her article '"Global Motherhood": The Transnational Intimacies of White Femininity', critic Raka Shome argues that the term "global motherhood" poses problems for feminist criticism, as the term is inextricably linked to the re-production of white femininity on a transnational scale through discourses of whiteness in popular culture. What insights can studies of motherhood from postcolonial contexts, and from Asia and Africa, contribute to our understanding of motherhood? What lessons can be drawn from vulnerable mothers, and experiences and portrayals of mothering under political and/or social oppression and through austerity? In what ways are conventional definitions and understandings of motherhood challenged by issues such as distance mothering, absence, migration, trafficking? What are the challenges posed to the conceptualization and embodiment of motherhood by transgender motherhood?
These and other questions will be examined in this special issue of Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics, which is dedicated to the critical analysis of contemporary motherhood and its glocal representations and manifestations. This issue has an interdisciplinary focus and welcomes contributions from a wide range of fields, including arts and humanities, social science, psychology, philosophy.
Article length 7000-9000 words including notes and works cited.
Decision 1 February 2018
Full articles due by 1 November 2018
Sally R Munt BA (Hons) MA MSc DPhil PGDip FRSA
Professor of Gender Studies
Professor of Cultural Studies
Director: Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies
Founding Editor: Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics
MFM, Silverstone Building
University of Sussex