Mothers, Motherhood and Mothering in Popular Culture

What: 36th Annual Conference of Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

Where: Albuquerque, New Mexico

When: February 11-14, 2015

Deadline for abstracts: 1 November 2014

Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture

In this inaugural session, we are looking for papers that address mothers, motherhood, and/or mothering, as seen within popular culture, such as seen through:
• representations of mothers, motherhood, and/or mothering including pregnancy, comparison to fathers,

• experiences of mothers, motherhood, and/or mothering and variances by race/ethnicity, genders, class, age, etc.

• theories related to mothers, motherhood, and/or mothering,

• studies about/with mothers, and

• pedagogical applications of research/writing relating to the topic.

• Mother: the time period from when one becomes pregnant throughout childrearing years (Williams, 2005),

• Motherhood: refers to the sociocultural/historical construction—the social norm, sometimes referred to as the “institution” of motherhood,

• Mothering: the experiences and beliefs of being a mother (See O’Reilly, 2004; Rich, 1995, 1976 for discussion on the distinction between motherhood and mothering).

* Papers incorporating intersectionalities of gender/sex, race/ethnicity, age, ability and/or class are particularly encouraged. Papers from graduate students are welcomed!

• Submit proposals of up to 300-400 words to

• Individual Presentation: Each presentation will last approximately 15 minutes

• Panel: If you want to propose a panel with multiple papers, please put each person’s individual paper abstract on a separate proposal form in the database. Each abstract should also contain information such as panel title, panel chair, etc.



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