Grandmothers and Grandmothering

Date : April 30 - May 1, 2004

Date : Atkinson College, York University, Toronto, Canada

Friday, April 30
12:00 – 1:00pm Registration and Welcome
1:00pm – 3:00pm Session A Panel A1 GRANDMOTHERS AS PRIMARY CAREGIVERS

Dawn Wright Williams (Georgia Perimeter College) “Grandma’s Hands: Grandmothers as New Mothers in African American Families”

Barbara Whittington and Leslie Brown (University of Victoria) “Spinning the Family Web: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Canada”

Betty McKenna and Sherrie Tutt (Grandmothers Community Action Partnership, and Tara Lorenz (First Nations University of Canada)“Exploring the Life of Aboriginal Grandmothers Caring for Grandchildren in Regina”

Hwa-Ok Park (University of Wisconsin-Madison) “An Investigation of the Types of Informal Supports Associated with Depression among Grandmothers as Primary Caregivers”

Panel A2 STORYTELLING

Heather Brooks-Hill (adult educator) “Presence of Spirit – Honouring the Life-force in, and for, our Grandchildren”

Kandee Kosior “Peggy’s Pin Box”

Michelle Everest (Wilfrid Laurier University) “Documenting the maternal line through stories: Feminist approaches to oral history and recording the life and work of Agnes Dupuis”

3:00 – 3:15pm Break

3:15 – 5:15pm Session B

Panel B1 ACTIVISM AND UNCOVENTIONAL GRANDMOTHERS

Irina Vlasenko (Home Sweet Home Club-Rostov on Don City Psychology Center, Russia) “Grandparents Bringing Up Their Grandchildren in Russia”

Florence Desnomie, May Desnomie and Ida Grosse (Intercultural Grandmothers Uniting, Saskatchewan) “The On-going Process of Developing Intercultural Friendships and Anti-racist Activism”

Lenda Richards (First Grandmothers’ Club) and Jean Giles-Sims (Texas Christian University) “The History and Activities of the First Grandmothers’ Club”

Serena Patterson (North Island College) “‘Your Grandma is a Queer’: An Exploratory Study of Lesbian Grandmothering”

Panel B2 RELATIONSHIPS WITH GRANDCHILDREN

Diana L. Gustafson (Memorial University) “How Are You Feeling Today, Grandma? Grandmother-grandchild Relations Across Time and Space During A Critical Health Event”

Katherine J. Follet (Elon University) and Seena Granowsky (Elon University) “Perspectives on Life of Custodial and Non-Custodial Grandmothers”

Margaret Green (University of Windsor) “Children and Grandmothers: Climbing the Ivory Tower”

Irene Shankar (University of Alberta) ‘The Grandmothering Experience of Indo-Fijian Immigrants”

5:15 – 6:00pm Reception

6:00 – 7:30pm Keynote Address 1

Hope Edelman (author and lecturer) “Mothers’ Mothers: The Maternal Grandmother as Matriarch, Role Model, and Guide”

Saturday, May 1 8:30 – 9:00am Registration and Coffee/Muffins

9:00 – 10:00am Keynote Address 2

Dolana Mogadime (Brock University) and Caroline Goodie Mogadime (independent researcher) “South African Canadian Women Reclaiming Revolutionary Storytelling through Grandmother’s Warrior Eyes”

10:00-10:15am Break

10:15-12:15pm Session C

Panel C1 GRANDMOTHERS, WISDOM AND LEARNING

Jean Giles-Sims (Texas Christian University) “Grandmother Voices and Grandmother Ingenuity”

Caitlin Fisher (York University) creative reading

Panel C2 GRANDMOTHERS AND THEIR ADULT CHILDREN

Brenda F. McGadney-Douglass (University of Toledo) and Richard L. Douglass (Eastern Michigan University) “Ghanaian Mothers Helping Adult Daughters: The Survival of Malnourished Grandchildren”

Marion Gold (OISE/University of Toronto) “Grandmother’s Girls: A Narrative Inquiry into Grandmothering”

Ruth Nemzoff (Brandeis University) “Second Stage Parenting: Mothering Adult Children”

12:15 – 1:15pm Lunch (on your own)

1:15 – 3:00pm Session D

Panel D1 GRANDMOTHERS’ HISTORY

Jessica Ashley (Oregon State University) “InHERitance: Passing Down and Preserving Women’s Personal Narrative Through Artifacts”

Virginia Davis Nordin (University of Kentucky) “Grandmothers as Founders of the Christian Church”

Panel D2 REPRESENTATIONS OF GRANDMOTHERS AND CRONES

Gail Vanstone (York University) “Grandmothering at the Movies”

Margaret P. Murray (Western Connecticut State University) “The Venerable Viragoes of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman”

Gail McCabe (York University) “Morphing the Crone: Confronting Social Invisibility at Mid-Life”

Panel D3 GRANDMOTHERS’ STORIES

Trela Anderson (University of Louisiana, Lafayette) “The Cinderella Stories: Lessons I Learned from my Grandmother”

Susan Loudermilk and Sharon Talley (Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi) “Reflecting Our Diverse Heritage and Traditions: Telling Our Grandmothers’ Stories”

3:00 – 3:15pm Break

3:15 – 5:15pm Session E

Panel E1 INTERGENERATIONAL ISSUES

Linda R. Ennis (York University) “Grandmothers and Grandmothering: Grandmothers, Mothers & Daughters in Relationship”

Anja Leigh (California State University) “Groovy Gramma: A Multi-Dimensional Journey”

Cathy Slaney (OISE/University of Toronto) “The Construction of Mixed Racial/Cultural Identities: An Intergenerational Perspective”

Pam Patterson (The Art Gallery of Ontario and the Toronto School of Art) Caregiving, Politics and the Grandmother Line”

Panel E2 ROLES AND REFLECTIONS

Sharon Abbey (Brock University) “Dear Baby . . . I’m Going to Be Your Grandmother!”

Robin Cryderman (University of Victoria) “Weaving Culture: The Pivotal Role of Grandmothers in the Evolution of Human Society”

5:15 – 5:30pm Refreshment Break

5:30 – 6:30pm Keynote Address

Sarah Jane Growe (journalist, author and lecturer, Toronto) “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: the Shifting Image of Motherhood After the Grandchildren Come”

6:30 – 8:00pm – Reception and Raging Grannies Performance

This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

SSHRC