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Traditional papers, 'lightning talks,' works-in-progress, and artworks all welcome, especially from postgraduate and early career researchers. The symposium is funded by BRIHC and M4C.

Topics could include:

  • Embodiment: as women, mothers, birthing parents, non-birthing/adoptive/step-parents, etc
  • How mothers have looked, felt, moved, acted, and written throughout history
  • Medical and social control of reproductive bodies
  • Institutions, corporations, or groups taking a 'maternal' role, such as the NHS or Parliament
  • 'Othermothering,' e.g., childcare, chosen families, extended families, etc
  • Queer, trans, and non-binary mothering

Abstract guidelines:

  • Maximum 300 words
  • Written in English
  • Include research questions, approach, methods, if applicable (or equivalent
  • for creative pieces)
  • Include a list of references below if applicable (not included in word count)
  • Anonymised: refrain from using name, email address, or other identifying features in the title and body of abstract

We welcome one paper proposal per person, though there is no restriction on co-authored papers. We also welcome proposals for panel discussions and workshops of varying length. Please include in your abstract your chosen format and how long you propose these sessions to take. Abstracts will undergo double blind anonymous reviewing. You should expect to be notified of acceptance by 10 May 2023.

How to submit:

Deadline for abstract submission: 27/04/2023 23:59 UK time