Mothering and Work/Mothering as Work

Date : May 2-4, 2003

Date : Atkinson College, York University, Toronto, Canada

Friday, May 2

12:00 – 1:30pm Registration
1:30 – 3:30pm Session A

Panel A1: MARGINALIZED MOTHERS/MARGINALIZED WORKERS (004 Atkinson)
Chair: Fiona Joy Green (University of Winnipeg)
Sharon Wexler (McGill University) “Narrative Study of the Lived Reality of Five Single Mothers Bridging Motherhood and Work”
Merlinda Weinberg (OISE, University of Toronto) “Young Single Mothers: The Work of Proving Fitness as Mothers”
Rachel Emma Westfall (University of Victoria) “Pregnancy and the Workplace”
Arlene Tigar McLaren (Simon Fraser University) “Immigration, Citizenship, and Mothering: A Study at the ‘Very Local’”

3:30 – 3:45pm Break
3:45 – 5:30pm Session B

Panel B1: CONTEMPORARY IDEOLOGIES AND DISCOURSES OF MOTHERWORK (004 Atkinson)
Chair: Andrea O’Reilly (York University) “Mothering Against Motherhood: Exposing and Deconstructing the Hegemonic Discourse of Natural_Intensive Motherhood”
Erika Horwitz (University of British Columbia) “The Power of the Dominant Discourse on Mothering: Is my work considered Work?”
Corinne Rusch-Drutz (York University) “Stage Mothers: A Qualitative Analysis of Women’s Work Experiences as Mothers in Toronto Theatre”
Andra McCartney (Concordia University) “Mothers and Daughters Making Noise”

Panel B2: NARRATIVES OF MOTHERING (109 Atkinson)
Presented by video
Marcie Tyre (Brandeis University) “Narratives of Mothering Young Children: Lovenotes”
Mei-Mei Ellerman (Brandeis University) “Narrative of Difficult Mothering Work. Growth: A Two Way Process”
Tracey Hurd (Brandeis University) ” Narratives of Other Mothering”
Ruth Nemzoff (Brandeis University) “Narratives of Mothering Grown Children”

5:30 -7:00pm Dinner break (on your own)
7:00 – 8:30pm Keynote Address

THE PRICE OF MOTHERHOOD: WHY THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB IN THE WORLD IS STILL THE LEAST VALUED (109 Atkinson)

Ann Crittenden (author of The Price of Motherhood, and a regular commentator on Marketplace, a national radio show)

8:30-10:00pm Wine and Cheese Reception

Saturday, May 3

8:30 – 9:00am Registration and Coffee/Muffins
9:00 – 10:45am Keynote Panel 1

THE POLITICS AND PRAXIS OF MOTHERWORK (109 Atkinson)
Nancy Mandell (York University) “Mid_life Mothering: The Work Continues”
Bonnie Fox (University of Toronto) “Motherwork: Caring for the Baby, Constructing Family”
Meg Luxton (York University) “Every Mother is a Working Mother: Feminism and the Politics of Motherwork”
Norene Pupo (York University) “Taking Mother Into Account: Gender and the Charter Challenge”

10:45 – 11:00am Refreshment Break
11:00 – 1:00pm Session C

Panel C1: POLICIES AND PRACTICES: COMBINING MOTHERING AND PAID WORK (109 Atkinson)
Chair: Andrea O’Reilly (York University)
Susan Braedley (York University) “Social Reproduction in a Changing Social Context: Someone to Watch Over You”
Serena Patterson (North Island College) “The Voice of Care in the Moral Decision Making of Mothers: The Case of Post-Partum Return to Employment”
Pat Bird (Times Change Women’s Employment Service) “Working Mothers: Your Country Needs You! 24/7 shifts. Long term assignments.”
Gill Wright Miller (Denison University) “Working Mothers in the Academy: Mothers Working in the Academy”
Diana L. Haleman (Morehead State University) “Teachers as Mothers/Mothers as Teachers

Panel C2 MOTHERWORKS: A FESTIVAL OF SHORT VIDEOS (004 Atkinson)
Chair: Katherine Bichoping (York University)
Presented by Katherine Bichoping, Belinda Godwin and Riley Olstead (York University)

1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch (on your own)
2:00 – 3:30pm Keynote Panel 2

CONTRADICTIONS AND CHALLENGES: ADVOCACY AND TRANSFORMATION (109 Atkinson)
Chair: Nancy Mandell (York University)
Dorothy E. Smith (University of Toronto) “The Underside of Schooling: What Mothers do for Schools”
Debra Langan (York University) “Using Mothering at Work: Embracing the Contradictions in Pedagogy and Praxis”
Mary Eberts (Eberts, Symes Street Corbett & Pinto, Toronto) “To Mother in Law: Reflections on a Daughter’s Disclosure”

3:30 – 3:45pm Refreshment Break
3:45 – 5:30pm Session D

Panel D1: PERSPECTIVES AND EXPERIENCES OF MATERNAL EMPLOYMENT AND THE FAMILY (109 Atkinson)
Chair: Linda Ennis (York University) “Working Mothers’ Guilt, Ambivalence and Blame”
Donna Varga (Mount Saint Vincent University) “For the Love of Children: Idealizations of Mother Care”
Norma Buydens (University of Saskatchewan) “Telling Tales out of School: Mothers in Law School”
Stephanie Weisbart Bellini (George Brown College) “Post-War Italian Immigrant Mothers as Household Workers in Toronto”

Panel D2: THE MATERNAL BODY IN PERFORMANCE (102F Atkinson)
Brenda Clews (York University), Moya Keating (Independent Artist; Chatham, NJ), Gill Wright Miller (Denison University)

6:00 -7:30pm Reception

Sunday, May 4

9:30 – 10:00am Coffee and Muffins
10:00- 11:45am Session E

Panel E1: UNDERSTANDING THE WORK OF MOTHERING (109 Atkinson)
Chair: Deborah Davidson (York University) “Labours of Love: DES and Motherwork”
Charlene Shannon (University of New Brunswick) ” Work and Leisure: What Mothers Teach their Daughters about These Life Domains”
Amy Mullin (University of Toronto) “Like a Mother: Paid Motherwork and the Ideology of Motherhood”
Catherine Swanson (McMaster University) “The Process of Caring: Nurses and Genetic Termination”
Marlene Goldman and Heather Weir (University of Toronto) “Reproductive Technology and the Other Mothers”

Panel E2: MATERNAL ACTIVISM (004 Atkinson)
Chair: Fiona Joy Green (University of Winnipeg) “Feminist Mothering: A Site of Ongoing Political and Social Activism”
Kate Connolly (Concordia University) ” Mothers Protecting Community…the Human Community”
Sheila Martel (Community Activist, Southern Maryland) “Mothering and Activism: Re-making a World, Day by Day”

11:45 – 12:00pm Refreshment Break
12:00 – 1:30pm Keynote Panel 3

MOTHERS AND PAID WORK: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE (109 Atkinson)
Chair: Andrea O’Reilly (York University)
Barbara Crow (York University) “Digital Technology, Work and Mothering”
Louise Ripley (York University) “Work and Family: Pressures and Answers”

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

SSHRC