Worn Out! Motherwork in the Age of Austerity: CONFERENCE (this Weekend)

612x396x3708,P20WH,P20Conf,P20Postcard,P20p3.jpg.pagespeed.ic.DItZJj2dRuThe 17th Annual Women’s History Conference at Sarah Lawrence College

Worn Out! Motherwork in the Age of Austerity

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville, NY (20 minutes north of Manhattan)

Friday – Saturday March 6-7, 2015

Free and Open to the Public

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 60% of mothers of preschool children are in the paid workforce, and for mothers of school-age children, that figure nears 80%. If paychecks were all it took to liberate women, we would be well on our way. Instead, we’re exhausted, and while this problem is hardly unique to the United States, the American system of long hours on the job and scant provision for public welfare makes the challenges of motherwork all the more acute. It’s not hard to figure out what brought us to this pass: wage stagnation, increasingly lengthy workweeks, proliferating numbers of single-parent households and two-income couples, gaping holes in the social safety net, erosion of labor unions, mounting violence against our children by both civilians and the state, and diminished public spending on youth recreation, daycare, afterschool programs and other services crucial to working families. The question is: what can we do to turn things around? This conference will explore answers to that question.

Sponsored by the Women’s History Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College

Co-Sponsored with the Diversity and Activism Programming Subcommittee of Student Life (DAPS) and Sister to Sister International Inc.

Registration is required (free): http://www.slc.edu/womens-history/conference/registration.html

Conference Schedule

Friday March 6, 2015
4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Heimbold Lobby

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Plenary Session

Heimbold Auditorium
Welcome remarks and announcement of the Gerda Lerner Award recipient
Priscilla Murolo, Director, Women’s History Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College

Keynote Speaker:
Roksana Badruddoja, member of the Academic Advisory Board for the Museum of Motherhood (MOM), Board Member of the Council on Contemporary Families (CCF), and professor of sociology and women’s gender studies at Manhattan College.

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Saturday March 7, 2015
(All panels are in the Heimbold Building unless otherwise noted)

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast Reception
Heimbold Lower Lobby

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Plenary Session
Heimbold Auditorium
Plenary Panel
Motherwork, Race, and the Criminal Justice System
Moderator: Tara James
Dr. Zoe Spencer

Raising Black “Suns”: Negotiating Stereotypes, Perception, and Police Brutality as a Black Mother/Activist in a Neo Jim Crow Era

Dr. Robyn Brown Manning

We Don’t Give Birth to Thugs, We Give Birth to Children: The Emotional Journeys of African-American Mothers Raising Sons under American Racism

Janet Garcia

Post-incarceration Motherhood: Stigma, Motherwork, and the State

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch ($10)

BREAKOUT SESSION 1: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Writing Motherhood
Moderator: Velvet Ross

Sayuri Oyama, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
Ariyoshi Sawako’s Hishoku (Not ‘of Color’): A Japanese Mother on American ‘Race’ and ‘Mixed-Race’ Identities

Cera Smith, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach CA
Labor Pains: Motherhood as the Birthplace of Social Awareness & Social Response in Toni Morrison’s Beloved

Susanna Horng, New York University, NY, NY
Writer’s Block or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Mothering

Myra Goldberg, Sarah Lawrence College
As It Turns Out

Historical Perspectives on Motherwork

Moderator: Kate Hearst

Leslee Grey, Queens College
Parental Involvement in Education as Neoliberal Motherwork: From “Community Control” to Austerity in Public Education Reform

Jodi Vandenberg-Daves, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Maternal Strategies and Maternal Politics: Lessons from the Past and Connections to the Present

Carly Fox, Sarah Lawrence College
Constructing Radical Genealogies: Okie Women Re-Imagine Motherhood

Charlotte Malone, Sarah Lawrence College

What You Feel In Your Heart to Be Right: Eleanor Roosevelt and a Lifetime of Mothering
Mothers at Work

Moderator: Anita Botello Santoyo

Maureen Sherrard Thompson, Montgomery County Community College
Working 24/7: The Politics of Housework

Magda Pecsenye, Tilmor Group
Narrative Becomes Structure: Actual Barriers for Mothers in Paid Labor out of the Home

Rachel Ellison, Founder and Principal, Reworking Parents
Tales From the Front Lines of Working Parenthood: The Role of Organizational Culture

Failing to Mother: Unnatural Mothers, Delinquent Mothers, and Wicked Stepmothers in U.S. History
Moderator: Alison Waller
Lara Vapnek, St. John’s University
To Care or To Earn: Wet-Nurses in 19th-Century New York City

Kristin Celello, Queens College, CUNY
Inventing a New Maternal Model: Stepmothers in the United States, 1900-1965

Vanessa May, Seton Hall University
Delinquent Mothers: Juvenile Delinquency and 1950s Policymaking

BREAKOUT SESSION 2: 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
‘Fueron hijos nuestros…’ State Appropriation of Motherhood in Three Contemporary Latin American Contexts
Moderator: Emilie Egger

Emilie Egger, Sarah Lawrence College
Mothering as Activist Strategy in Contemporary Peru

Erin Hagen, Sarah Lawrence College
Maternalist Discourses in Neoliberal Chile

Natasha Sanchez, Sarah Lawrence College
Reyita: Mother of Cuba

Moms in Cyberspace: How Social Media Is Transforming Peer-Support Groups for Mothers of Young Children
Moderator: Maria Vallejo Nguyen
Kahler, Jean, Sarah Lawrence College
Moira Hinderer, Johns Hopkins University

Natalia Rosenholc, Sarah Lawrence College
Motherwork and Special Needs

Moderator: Henry Broege

Emily Hoge, Wesleyan University
Crisis of the Family: Disability and Motherhood in the Russian 1990’s

Judith Ross Smith, Fordham University
Listening to the Caregiving Decisions of Older Women with ‘Difficult’ Adult Children: ‘What’s a Mother to Do?’

Naomi Rendina, Case Western Reserve University
Mothering from the Sidelines: The Ambiguous Loss of Premature Birth

Kristy Staniszewski, Sarah Lawrence College
A Different Kind of Motherhood: Sisters of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Tick-Tock-Tick-Tock, Mommy’s on the Tenure Clock: Women Junior Faculty on Mentorship, Marking, and Maternity Policies
Moderator: TBA
Siobhan Carter-David, Southern Connecticut University
Cassi Ann Meyerhoffer, Southern Connecticut University
Marie Basile McDaniel , Southern Connecticut University

Maternal Body Politics

Moderator: Ceighly Cribb

Laura Tropp, Marymount Manhattan College

‘Pregnant and’Commoditized’: Owning Pregnancy in a Hyper-Commercial World

Kaitlyn Kohr, Sarah Lawrence College
The World War II Pin-up in America and the Religious Discourse of the Female Body in Art

Breakout Session 3: 4:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Mediated Motherhood: Rules for Parenting in a Post-Feminist Era
Moderator: Emilie Egger
Emily Hund, University of PA
‘I’m a stay-at-home mom and a full time blogger’: Fashion Blogs’ Depictions of Mothering

Elena Rosa Maris, University of PA
‘According to the media, we’re obsessed with babies’: Lesbian Motherhood on TV and Film

Rosmary Clark, University of PA
Mothers, Myths, and Magazines: A Content Analysis of Women’s Magazines from the 1950s, 1980s, and the 2000s

Stephanie Gomez, University of Utah
Marginalized Motherhood: Women of Color and Motherhood on Popular Television

Redefining Motherhood Through Community and Activism: Two Historical Examples of How the Work of Women Shaped America’s Health
Moderator: Susan Shook
Natalie Taylor, Sarah Lawrence College
Indira Case, Sarah Lawrence College

Academic Mothering: Envisioning a Mother Friendly University
Moderator: Maria Vallejo Nguyen
Lisa Krissoff Boehm, Worcester State University
Joyce Mandell, Worcester State University

Motherwork as Bodywork: The Problem of Invisible Laborers
Moderator: Ceighly Cribb
Jessica Martucci, Mississippi State University
Mothering to the Degree: Breastfeeding, Labor and Love

Elena Conis, Emory University
Vaccination as Motherwork: Mothers and the 21st Century Vaccination Debates

Deanna Day, Chemical Heritage Foundation
Data-driven Science for Creating Tiny Miracles: The Unacknowledged and Unpaid Labor of Fertility Charting

For more information contact:

Tara Elise James



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