Joy Report: Team Art Shows, MoM Conference, and #Giving Tuesday

Hello Friends,

It’s sunny in Florida and a balmy 76 degrees and many of us are celebrating together in traditional ways. The Christmas tree is ready to be illuminated downtown, fake snow is in the air, and lights abound. Whether you are prepping the family menorah, or simply looking towards Festivus, may we be glad and of good will. May we lift up those suffering through hunger and war and let us show kindness to our neighbor and gentleness in our homes.

Let us create! Let us show our souls! Let us paint our dreams and mold images out of clay. Let us stitch together a herstory that weaves its way from the city of the arts, in the neighborhood of Kenwood, ‘where art lives’, all the way to you, wherever you may be.

This weekend, MoM team member Elena Rodz has a solo art show at Redbud Gallery 303 E. 11th St. Houston, TX 77008, Texas. The title of her show is, Dilly Dally. Dates: Dec 3 – Jan 1/ Reception: Dec 3, 6-9PM

Artist Statement: The show’s title “Dilly Dally” refers to the practice of enjoying life at a walking pace. Like many of my generation, I’m overwhelmed by the enormity of the Now — the biannual once-in-a-millennia events, the metropolitan cultural hubs we all rushed to after undergrad, the gauntlet from grade school to (maybe) retirement. A move to a small city in Texas in 2013 prompted a reconsideration at the pace I experienced life. I learned to look each moment in the face rather than over its shoulder.

This series of paintings challenges the viewer to suspend thought. The imagery and composition are superficial, and the response should be primal. I want the viewer to feel instinctually rather than put thought into deciphering the hidden meaning of the artwork. The purpose of the artwork is to pause and appreciate the slow moments and the overlooked beauty of the average. Although the scenes are all real places in Corpus Christi, TX, they recall anywhere once called home.

We applaud Elena and love her dearly for her creativity, spunk, and expertise. She greatly contributes to the MoM team and we are all better for knowing her. See more of Elena’s art which is available for purchase here.


We are excited for our Annual Conference this March 23-24 in St. Pete and on Zoom. THE DEADLINE to SUBMIT IS EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 10th. You only need to submit a 250 word abstract about an academic paper, art project, or other medium on the topic of Reproductive Landscapes: This conference call is for papers, performances, conversations, and art, focused on new gender identities and discourse. Here is the full CFP and submit via the JourMS website. Won’t you please join the conversation about this very important topic!


It’s #GivingTuesday! This year MAKE IT MoM and help us GROW!

We have DREAMS of a PLACE to call OUR own. A museum that ELEVATES, illuminates, DISSEMINATES, and complicates this wildly IMPORTANT identity, JOB, journey, and POSITION of care, CONCERN, birth, and LIFE- the WOMYN at the CENTER of creativity, PROCREATION, productivity, SORROW, hope, HELP, and JOY 💓– any DONATION amount MAKES a difference. We ARE the ART, science, and HERstory of M/others.

Any amount benefits our forward movement; $5, $10, $15, $25, $50, $100, $1,000. We have so much we are $5, $15, $10, $25, $100, $1,000 towards MEMBERSHIP, acquisitions, BUILDING CAMPAIGN.

We look forward to your energy, your care, your good vibes, and your financial support. THANK YOU!

As November winds to a close and December rushes in, let us take time to reflect not only on the things we are grateful for, but the ways in which we can all heed the call to ‘do better’ in our lives, our relationships, and in the ways we work and move in the world.

Love, Love, Love,

Joy Rose, Director and Founder (Link to our December Newsletter)

November News: Internships, Numbers, and Making M/otherhood Count!

Hello World – How are things going for everyone? As we roll from October into November, signaling the beginning of another holiday season, we want to share our inspiration, hope, and love to each of our friends near and far.

Our November Newsletter went out last week. If you are not getting our monthly updates, please DO sign up for our newsletter using one of the links here on our website:

The Annual Academic MoM Conference will take place in person and online in 2023. Call for papers is posted. This annual event is a collaborative effort with artists and academics to create experiences that are both educational and artistic in nature, contributing to the body of work that comprises a vast field of mother studies. CFP due by November 30th! Link to CFP.

The 7th Issues of the Journal of Mother Studies is now live and available to read. This journal is a peer-reviewed, international, interdisciplinary open-access, digital humanities hybrid project focused on Mother Studies, a field of study devoted to the issues, experiences, topics, history, and culture of m/others, mothering, and motherhood. Special thanks to our editor Nicole Musselman! Read more.

You’re invited to join the St. Petersburg Mothers’ Club, where everyone is welcome. If you crave connection, heartfelt conversation, and an opportunity to explore the nuances of m/otherhood while navigating your individual well-being, this is the place for you! Read more.

We welcomed another intern this fall. Гердт Мария has been diligently combing through some of our more advanced texts to facilitate a new round of MoM classes in the new year. We hope to synthesize her research with existing coursework in order to launch an easily accessible class in mother studies for all to see. She has been diligently translating portions of the book the Women Founders by  Patricia Madoo Lengermann, Gillian Niebrugge. Now more about Maria:

My name is Maria, I’m a second-year undergraduate student at Higher School of Economics in Moscow. I’m a sociology major and a pubic history minor. I’m passionate about women’s rights, female literature and art, especially representing relationships between mothers and daughters or sapphic relationships, but I generally find women’s studies and herstory an inspiring and fascinating academic field. I’ve written multiple student’s papers on the topic, published two articles, and always try to support feminist initiatives in my city and my country. I’m also curious about politics and political theory, love reading, watching movies, attending galleries. I’ve always found it frustrating how women’s voices get ignored or stolen and I’m grateful to MoM for an opportunity to discover and share the lives and ideas of great female sociologists.

Coming in January 2023…

MoM welcomes Laura Gabrielle from Portland, Oregon. Laura is a graduate student in museum studies. She enjoys attending music and art events, discovering new cafes, or spending time at home with books and films. She especially loves historical dramas with good costume design! Being in the Pacific Northwest, she appreciates living in close proximity to the coast, mountains, and rivers for outdoor activities. Her research project will be dedicated to the erased history of women’s input in sociology and social theory starting with 19th century. As a research assistant, Laura will help create content for a booklet that will be incorporated within a 4-week class at Museum of Motherhood.

That’s it for now. Have a busy and blessed November – We’ll see you soon!

CALL FOR PAPERS: Annual MoM Conference 2023 & Demeter Press Announcements

REPRODUCTIVE LANDSCAPES- Undoing m/otherhood; who has the right to talk about motherhood, who claims that status, and how do we create words, art, and scholarship moving forward?

St. Petersburg, Florida & Online / March 24-26, 2023 / Museum of Motherhood

Deadline for Abstracts Nov 30, 2022

Calling all scholars, sociologists, maternal psychologists, philosophers, anthropologists, women’s, sexuality, and gender professors, masculinity studies experts, birth-workers, doctors, motherhood and fatherhood researchers, artists, students, and performers: This conference call is for papers, performances, conversations, and art, focused on new gender identities and discourse. Included in this call is an invitation to explore political policy positions relative to Roe vs. Wade, psychological manifestations of maternal neonaticide, infanticide, and filicide, well as the naming and rewriting of works, art, and scholarship around mothers, mothering, and motherhood. How do we approach this? Who gets to say what? How do we make visible these topics in mainstream articulations? How are those with (dis)abilities and other marginalized positionalities heard and made visible? In what ways does inclusivity threaten the status quo? How can we complicate binary viewpoints and assertions situated in a fear-based cultural reality? We rely on previous scholarship, now framed within the context of changing times. What now will we make of ourselves together and separately? We are, after all, the future!

We encourage presenters to unpack the sociocultural domain and the medicalized environment within which these debates are often situated as we embrace and analyze meaning-making, in the area of maternal health, identity, experience, and well-being. What is good for whom and how does that impact everyone else?

We intend the conference to serve as a site of resistance as we deconstruct, reframe, and affirm the complex landscape of embodied mother-work, pregnancy, birth, identity, care-work, and the ongoing labor and experience of those within family systems everywhere. We recognize the scale, variance, and duration of these passionate debates and hope to support and empower those who need support the most.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Intersectional identities

Normative constructions of gender in motherwork, pregnancy and birthing

Biomedical and cultural discourses of motherwork, pregnancy, and birth, including issues related to marginalized identities, fertility treatment, gender identity, and intersex identities

Motherwork, pregnancy and birthing with (dis-)abilities, illness, and children with special needs

Child and maternal psychology interventions, alternative therapies, and results

Breastfeeding ambivalence, obstacles, and outcomes

Future wombs, including transplants, artificial constructions, cloning, and surrogacy

Art as healing and activism as visible resistance

Embodied resistance to socially constructed prescriptions and conventions about motherwork, pregnancy, and birth, including as they are contextualized within marginalized positionalities

CONFERENCE: The Annual Academic MoM Conference is in person and online in 2023. We welcome individuals and roundtables conducting research, making art, working in therapudic, medical, university, and birth settings, as well as auto-ethnograpic perspectives by mothers, family members & students.

JOURNAL OF MOTHER STUDIES (JourMS): All submissions for the 2023 conference should consider submitting to the Journal of Mother Studies, an academic, peer-reviewed, hybrid digital humanities journal devoted to Mother Studies published annually. Works may also be submitted for the conference only.

FOR ALL SUBMISSIONSAbstracts must include a title and bio. Abstracts must be submitted by Nov 30 (midnight). Notifications sent Dec. 15 and early bird registration begins $165. Regular Registration starts Jan 15th $180 and closes Feb 15th. Full submissions for the conference are due March 1st, (after acceptance to the conference). Full submissions for the Journal are due by May 30th (midnight). These include other submission types (e.g. performance, media, music). Go to https://jourms.org/submit/

Download PDF Version CFP


CFP DEMETER PRESS
The Mother Wave: Matricentric Feminism as Theory, Activism, and Practice

Edited by Andrea O’Reilly, Victoria Bailey, and Fiona Joy Green
In Matricentric Feminism: Theory, Activism, Practice (2021) Andrea O’Reilly argues that the
category of mother is distinct from the category of woman and that many of the problems
mothers face—social, economic, political, cultural, psychological, and so forth—are specific to
women’s role and identity as mothers. Indeed, mothers are oppressed under patriarchy as women
and as mothers. For women who are mothers, mothering is a significant, if not a defining
dimension of their lives, and that, arguably, maternity matters more than gender. Consequently,
mothers need a matricentric mode of feminism organized from and for their particular identity
and work as mothers. Indeed, a mother-centred feminism is needed because mothers—arguably
more so than women in general—remain disempowered despite sixty years/six decades of
feminism. Matricentric feminism positions mothers’ needs and concerns as the starting point for
a theory and politic on and for women’s empowerment.

Please send 250 word abstract and 75 word bio by November 1, 2022 to aoreilly@yorku.ca;
f.green@uwinnipeg.ca; vjbailey@gmail.com. Full downloadable CFP

Gone Feral: Unruly Women and the Undoing of Normative Femininity
Edited by Andrea O’Reilly and Casey O’Reilly-Conlin
Published by Demeter Press
The Oxford Dictionary defines the word feral “as being in a wild untamed
state, especially existing in or returning to an untamed state from domestication;
and of, or suggestive of, a wild animal; savage.” A feral creature is one who was
once wild, then domesticated, and who has reverted back to a natural or untamed
state once again. Theorizing the concept of Feral Feminisms, Kelly Struthers
Montford and Chloë Taylor position the feral as “a provocative call to untaming,
queering, and radicalizing feminist thought and practice today.”
This collection probes the concept of ferality in relation to traditional, patriarchal
concepts of womanhood and femininity and asks what does becoming or being
feral mean for women?

Please send 250 word abstract and/ or submission proposals and a 75 word bio to
Andrea O’Reilly aoreilly@yorku.ca by January 15 2023Full downloadable CFP

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a grassroots organization advocating for leadership, mobilization, and amplification in order to better support efforts “that demand a change of conditions that lead to domestic violence such as patriarchy, privilege, racism, sexism, and classism.”

In America, domestic violence is the leading cause of death for women who are pregnant or who have recently given birth, which is the subject of a recent study and a very sad fact, indeed.

While we might think violence against women is a rare phenomenon, in fact, it permeates the fabric of cultures around the world from America, to Europe, to Afghanistan and Iran, and well beyond. This is a global problem.

At a recent luncheon in St. Petersburg, I heard (“Zi”) Abdul Hasib Azizi speak about his flight to America and the manner in which his family, specifically his mother and sister and continue to suffer under a repressive regime.

Patriarchal social constructions can take all kinds of shapes; both intimate and public, religious and secular. Perhaps domestic violence is the most insidious form of abuse but it is only one of many kinds of dehumanizing and violent actions that threaten women.

Here in St. Petersburg, there are a number of resources national and local that aim to support women victimized by violence. CASA seeks to stand up against silence by focusing on prevention through education and by offering emergency services to those in need. Alpha House helps new and pregnant mothers with housing, education, and supportive services.

The national domestic hotline is: 800-799-7233

*The banner for this blog was taken from one of our Silent No More Workshops, facilitated by Museum of Motherhood founder, Martha Joy Rose

MoM’s Phone Number is 877-711-MOMS (6667). We are a safe space for women, mothers, and families. At MoM, we share our stories and find strength and hope.