Dr. Amanda Watson’s research explores how caregivers and community activists navigate complex institutional settings in their efforts to effect social change. Her interests include care, labour, disability, media representation of motherhood. She teaches on politics of family, global problems and the culture of capitalism, and power and conflict in Canadian society. Watson is an Associate Member of the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. She serves on the editorial board of Gender & Society.
This September the Museum of Motherhood is extremely pleased to welcome Jade Jemison and Tori Wright to our fall semester team. Please join us in our growing excitement to get to work on some great new projects in grant writing and art-sourcing as we dive into more about moms’ lives and work.
I was teaching before the pandemic in 3 different places. During the pandemic, it was a real struggle to teach on zoom with kids at home. I didn’t go back to teaching until after lockdown was over because it was too difficult to get childcare. I used to teach art at Brandeis University in the summer and I really miss it. I found there isn’t that much flexibility in teaching so between lockdowns and quarantines, I transitioned to giving workshops and doing freelance editing. The work does take away from my art practice – it’s a constant juggle to make time and space. From the online exhibit: Pandemic Parenting, organized by Rachael Grad for the Museum of Motherhood.
We are pleased to welcome Arun Sankar for a three-month internships with MoM. During his time with us, Arun will be reading through multiple texts related to sociology, feminism, history, and mother studies and identifying relevant quotes that we will share here to educate and inspire.
Today’s introductory quote was by Keilah Billings taken from Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge.
The sentiment expressed, uses the popular film, The Matrix, to help elucidate a sociological viewpoint. In this case, that viewpoint asserts that it is important to wake up in our lives to all kinds of possibilities and to thoughtfully examine our perceptions and surroundings. Only in this way, can we truly liberate ourselves to our own best lives.