What to Do Next Roundup: A call for papers (J Gender Studies), a Conference on Mothering and Fellowship Applications

This “What to Do Next Roundup” offers three possibilities.  You can send me your conference announcements/CFP’s/Events and I will put them in the next round up.

Call for Papers: Journal of Gender Studies (Feminisms, Sex and the Body)

Deadline: October 1st 2010
The Editors of Journal of Gender Studies welcome contributions for the forthcoming special issue “Feminisms, Sex and the Body,” from a range of (inter-/cross-) disciplinary backgrounds, including literature, popular culture, media, the social sciences, medicine and law.
Feminisms’ positions on issues related to sex and the body have undergone significant changes in recent decades. The embracing of female desire and bodily pleasures during the second wave has diverged into what may be considered an excessive divide between aggressive sexuality on the one hand and self-conscious attempts to deny the body on the other. In the age of fluid gender roles, ‘feminist’ pornography, designer bodies and post-human as well as neo-Darwinian approaches to procreation, this special issue seeks to address the new relationships between feminist thought (historical and contemporary), sexuality and the body. Through this, it also intends to explore and fill the gaps contemporary feminisms have left in the theorising of such relationships.
Potential topics include, but are by no means limited to:
• Sex and text; body and/as text
• Feminisms and visual art/media (i.e. film, photography, painting, etc.)
• Feminisms and fashion
• Homosexuality and same-sex desire
• Celibacy, abstinence and virginity as feminist statements
• Sculpted bodies (i.e. women athletes, plastic surgery, etc.)
Contributions should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words in length.
Please send submissions to jgs@lincoln.ac.uk by 1st October 2010 marked clearly as ‘FSB Special Issue’. Submission instructions are available on the journal website: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/journal.asp?issn=0958-9236&linktype=44

International Conference on Motherhood Activism, Advocacy, Agency

Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI)

May 13-15 2011
Toronto, Canada.
Deadline: October 1st 2010

Grounded in a long history, in which women activists, writers, and feminists focused much effort on strengthening the social, personal, and political power of mothers, current motherhood research and activism makes maternal empowerment one of the major goals of its work. Contemporary examinations and deployments of women’s power as mothers-and mothers’ power as women-seek to grant women greater authority, resources, and status so that they can adequately care for their children while living full and purposeful lives.

The aim of this conference is to explore activism, advocacy, and agency by and on behalf of mothers from a variety of perspectives and in a multitude of contexts.

These include (but are not limited to): the  motherhood movement, community activism and engagement, politics, law, public policy, education, mental and physical health, maternal practice, family,workplace, personal identity, cultural expression, arts, the media and popular culture. We are particularly interested in presenters whose work examines ways in which issues of race, class, nationality, sexuality, age, religion, or ethnicity affect (positively or negatively) the ability of mothers to advocate for and/or achieve authority, agency, respect, and empowerment.
Topics include but not limited to:

the relationship between maternal agency and institutional constraints; personal agency; social agency; intersectionality and maternal agency; maternal agency and social justice; empowerment and family-life responsibilities; maternal agency and legal norms/practices; public policy and the public/private split; neoliberalism and public policy for mothers; healthism and maternal agency; navigating cultural expressions of “good” and “bad” mothering; second and third shift responsibility and agency; online advocacy and empowered mothering; maternal advocacy as theorized or practiced by women of a particular race, class, religion, or culture; empowered caregiving versus non-empowered caregiving; workplace norms and maternal advocacy or agency; motherhood and politics; “having it all” and maternal empowerment; challenging the maternal wall; challenging the “price of motherhood”; pregnancy and maternal agency; empowered mothering and disability; co-parenting and maternal empowerment; social change potential of memoir, narrative, autobiography, or blogging;maternal empowerment through artistic expression, film, music, literature, pop culture, or other arts; maternal agency through ‘experts’ or resistance to them; maternal empowerment by being resistant to or rooted in traditions,histories, or generational knowledges; navigating multiple identities as a mother; motherhood movements; advocacy for new family forms and relations; feminist mothering; queer and/or transgendered mothering; gender equity in home and work place; redefining fathering; othermothering; activism by young and/or low-income mothers; maternal activists’ allies.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Amber Kinser, East Tennessee State University, author of Motherhood and Feminism, editor of Mothering in the Third Wave

D.Lynn O’Brien Hallstein, Boston,University, author of White Feminists and Contemporary Maternity: Purging Matrophobia and co-editor with Sara Hayden of Contemplating Maternity in  an Era of Choices: Explorations Into Discourses of Reproduction.

Andrea O’Reilly, York  University, author of Rocking the Cradle: Thoughts on Motherhood, Feminism and the Possibility of Empowered Motheringand editor of 21st Century Motherhood: Experience, Identity, Policy, Agency *Other keynotes: TBC


Please send 250 word abstract and 50 word bio to aoreilly@yorku.ca by October 1, 2010. One must a 2011 member of MIRCI to present at this conference.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Fellowships 2011-2012

Fellowships in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Deadline: October 1st 2010
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is announcing the opening of its 2011-2012 Fellowship competition. The Center awards approximately 20-25 academic year residential fellowships to individuals from any country with outstanding project proposals on national and/orinternational issues. Topics and scholarship should relate to key public policy challenges or provide the historical and/or cultural framework to illuminate policy issues of contemporary importance. Applicants must hold a doctorate or have equivalent professional experience.
Fellows are provided stipends (which include round trip travel), private offices, loan privileges with the Library of Congress, part-time research assistants, and Windows based personal computers.
For more information and application guidelines please contact the Center at:
Tel: 202-691-4170;
Fax: 202-691-4001;
E mail: fellowships@wilsoncenter.org
You can apply online or download the application from the Centers websiteat http://www.wilsoncenter.org/fellowships. Application deadline: October 1, 2010.