Being and Thinking as an Academic Mother: Theory and Practice

Date : April 08, 2010

Being and Thinking as an Academic Mother: Theory and Narrative
The Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) and the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at
Concordia University
The Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) and the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia
University will co-host a one-day symposium at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute on Thursday, April 08, 2010
on “Being and Thinking as an Academic Mother: Theory and Practice.”
ARM and the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University are now seeking submissions for the
symposium. The symposium will explore academic mothers’ experiences from both narrative and theory. While
previous panel discussions and collections such as PhD Momma and Parenting and Professing examined being a
mother academic from narrative or “lived experience” and others, Journal of the Association for Research on
Mothering issue on Mothers in the Academe, explored mother academics’ experiences from a theoretical
perspective, this is the first symposium to do so incorporating both narrative and theory. The symposium will
explore how both research and narrative can inform contemporary understandings of academic motherhood,
particularly in regard to strategies of resistance and empowerment.
Paper proposals should strengthen the dialogue among academic motherhood, intellectual ideas, and personal
narrative. The symposium will explore the topic of Being and Thinking as an Academic Mother from a variety
of perspectives and disciplines. We welcome submissions from scholars across disciplines. The symposium will
run from 9-5 and will include approximately 25 papers, with each panelist having 20 minutes to present their
paper. To present at this symposium, you must be a member of ARM. The symposium will coincide with the
NeMLA conference (April 07-11, 2010) at McGill University. The Institute is located at 2170 Bishop Street,
Montreal Quebec.
Topics can include (but are not limited to):
the maternal wall, “opting out”, mentoring and modeling, being a professor mother, work-life balance,
negotiating or resisting the maternal wall, single mothers and academic work, graduate student mothering, being
a mother on the tenure track, being a pregnant professor, maternity leave and academic mothering, poverty and
academic mothering, juggling mothering and academic expectations, intersections between feminism and
academic mothering, being an academic artist and mothering, race and academic mothering, academic job
searches and mothering, teaching and mothering, sexuality and academic mothering, male organizing principles
and academic mothering, the academic schedule and mothering, fertility and academic mothering, challenging
assumptions about academic mothers, ethics and academic mothering, “having it all” as academic mothers,
adoption and academic mothering, networking, strategies for surviving academic mothering, class and academic
mothering, race and academic mother mentors, social reproduction and academic mothering, motherhood closet,
being out as a mother, second/third shift in the home, academic culture and mothering, maternal pedagogy, myth
of ideal worker/ideal mother, intensive mothering and academe, unboundedness of mother work and academic
work, childcare, fathering, trailing spouses, academic couples, biological clock, university policies and
mothering, timing and spacing of children, perceptions of mothers in academe, discrimination avoidance,
discrimination against mothers in academe, motherhood penalty, “price of motherhood”, adjunct work, teaching
and motherhood, benefits of motherhood on teaching and research.
Abstracts due by December 01, 2010. Scholars interested in submitting proposals to this symposium are invited
to submit proposals to D. Lynn O’Brien Hallstein at or Andrea O’Reily