Mothering, Violence, Militarism, War, and Social Justice

Date : October 24-26, 2008

Mothering, Violence, Militarism, War, and Social Justice
(with embedded Motherhood Movement Conference)

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October 23-26, 2008

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The Motherhood Movement Embedded Conference
October 24-26, 2008

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**We are thrilled to announce that this conference will feature the touring Motherhood Exhibit – MOTHER: THE JOB, Building Human Capital, Building Human Beings, which puts an economic yardstick to the work of mothers. The exhibit consists of a short film, sculpture, photography, domestic artifacts, original writings and integrated art forms portraying the day-to-day life of the mother and her intricate relationship with her child, conveying the passion, intelligence and intuition that go into this, the world’s most important job. The exhibit will be open throughout the conference and attendees are encouraged to put it on their agenda.

“I loved the film!” Ann Critttenden, author of The Price of Motherhood, Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued

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We are still accepting abstracts for the conference. Please see the guidelines below:

We welcome submissions from scholars, students, activists, artists, NGOs, community agencies, service providers, journalists, mothers and others who work or research in this area. Cross-cultural, historical, and comparative work is encouraged. We encourage a variety of types of submissions including academic papers from all disciplines, workshops, creative submissions, performances, storytelling, visual arts, and other alternative formats.

Topics can include (but are not limited to):
Nationalism, militarism, and motherhood; violence against mothers and children; mothers and war across history and culture; motherhood and terrorism; mothers and human rights; peace building and peace/anti-militarism activism by mothers; peace keeping strategies of mothers; mothers against militarism; marriage, motherhood, and pregnancy in the military; Maternal Thinking; the Ethics of Care/the Politics of Peace; women writers and the critique of war; rhetoric of masculinity and violence against mothers; teaching social justice in the classroom as mothering for peace; educating children about war; parenting in war; teaching non-violence to children; mothers’ roles in post-conflict reconstruction; state violence against mothers; racism, ethnicity, and peace; impact of prolific small arms and light weapons on women; female suicide-bombers; women’s contributions to (formal) peace agreements; suffering and survival of mothers in war; mothers and the dismantling of apartheid; mothers as activists in violent conflicts or militarized zones; roles of mothers in conflict; mothers as journalists during wartime; impact of violent conflict on mothers as refugees (asylum seekers and/or internally displaced persons); mothers of sons and/or daughters who serve in the military; gender-based violence of women in war and conflict; mothering and loss (of husbands/children); children and loss of mothers; mothers and children left behind in military communities: mothers who kill; domestic violence against mothers; the war on mothers; rape and/as terrorism; aboriginal mothers/children and residential schooling; social justice organizations for mothers (from MADD to Mothers Against War); patriotic mothering; activist mothering; representations/images of mothers and violence, war, and social justice issues; public policy and mother activists; legal responses to mother activists; reproductive violence; mother activists within indigenous communities; LBGT mothers and social justice issues; victims of violence in the military.

*Please email us your 250 wd presentation abstract and 50 wd bio to


Flavia Cherry, National Chairwoman of the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research
and Action (CAFRA)
Gertrude Fester, Commissioner on the Commission of Gender Equality South Africa
Sara Ruddick, author of Maternal Thinking: Toward a Politics of Peace
Tiisetso Russell, Comparative, International and Development Education, University of Toronto
Audette Sheppard, Founder, United Mothers Opposing Violence Everywhere (UMOVE)

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