At last fall's Association for Research on Mothering conference on “Mothering, Violence, Militarism, War and Social Justice,” Lisa Chiu shared her responses to the plight of Mariane Pearl while Chiu covered Daniel Pearl’s murder in early 2002. (Like Mariane, Chiu was a pregnant journalist at the time of Daniel’s death.) After that presentation, some conference attendees got into a conversation about how 9/11 had impacted their feelings about being mothers, what it took to deal with those feelings, and what that might mean about us as mothers.
It is personal stories – from those closely impacted by such events – that most interest us for this collection.
For instance, if you or a close friend or family member was in New York City on 9/11, we would like you to reflect on what impact that experience had on your emotions about your mothering – and, most likely, thereby the act of mothering itself. Or perhaps your experience relates to some other globally significant traumatic event, such as one of the following (which are just provided as ideas):
- the earthquake in China in May
- the volcanic eruption in Chile in May
- the Russian forces in Georgia in August
- the terrorist attacks in India in November
- the cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe in late 2008
- the fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan or Kenya or the Congo (or so many other places) in recent years
- the land disputes between First Nations and the Canadian government, in 1990 and 1995 and today
- the AIDS epidemics in Africa
- Hurricane Katrina
- the terrorist attacks in London in 2005
- the tsunami in Southeast Asia at the end of 2004
- one of the global SARS outbreaks in 2002 and 2003
If you know someone whose experience you think merits inclusion, please pass this call along. We hope to get as diverse a selection of perspectives as possible, and we are willing to consider less personal pieces in order to accomplish that (studies or interviews conducted by someone less personally impacted by the event, for instance). Please keep to the focus of the emotional impact on mothering; beyond that, narrative, theoretical, and combinations of both approaches to the topic are welcome.
Send 1-2 page abstracts; mail, e-mail, and telephone contact information; and a 1-page CV; please put “Trauma and Mothering” in the subject line.
Full essays, 4500-6000 words in length, will be due 1 December 2009. We reserve the right to decline any submission at any point, even after requesting the full essay based on the abstract or after receiving sought revisions.
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