MOM Art Annex: Exhibition & Education Center



(Conferences have been ongoing in NYC since 2005)

in partnership with the Department of Women’s & Gender Studies University of South Florida and made possible in part through a grant from ResearchOne

St. Petersburg, FLA Feb. 16 & 17th, 2018 

Teaching Mother Studies in the Academy and Beyond:  Bring your Art, Scholarship, and Expertise



Conference Location is Harbor Room – See Map Below


Mother Studies is a field of interdisciplinary study devoted to the issues, experiences, topics, history, and culture of mothers, mothering, and motherhood. Some proposed concepts include maternal health and well-being, reproductive justice, maternal justice, and mediating motherhood in popular culture. How do we facilitate the growth of this emerging field? How should classes, exhibitions, and mother-made media be shared? How do we teach mother studies, across domains, forums, and mediums? How can mother and/or father studies be introduced in more systematic ways, both culturally and within classrooms? If you are already teaching or researching motherhood or mothering studies, sociology of family, anthropology or psychology or making mother art, how do you approach the work? Please share. This is your forum.



USF St. Petersburg Campus
140 7th Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
727 873-7748 (USFSP-4-U)

Campus Map 


Visitor parking is available in the Fifth Street Parking Facility (FPF on map).  Attendees with an existing USF parking decal are able to park in designed spots.  Street parking is limited and available on first come first serve basis.

Visitor Permits

A visitor is any person who is not a member of the university community on ANY of the USF locations. Student, faculty, staff, vendors/contractors, or licensees do not qualify for visitor parking access and may be issued citations for parking in spaces designated as visitor parking only.

Purchase Online and Print

Purchase a parking permit online using Visa, MasterCard, e-check or Faculty/Staff Payroll Deduction.  Click “Get Permits” and proceed to “Guest and USFSP Department Login” to create a guest account. You will be asked to select the dates for visitor permits before proceeding to checkout.

Purchase on Site

Single Day Permits may be purchased in the garage at the walk-up permit machine located on the first level by the elevators.  The permit machine accepts cash, Visa and MasterCard. The price of a day permit is $5 and can be used on levels 2 thru 5 in the garage. 

Parking Garage Address

Fifth Street Parking Facility (FPF)

260 5th Ave S,

St. Petersburg, FL 33701

For those with existing USF parking passes, I would recommend parking in lots P9, P10, P11 and P11B which are right next to Harbor Hall J


To approach USF St. Petersburg from Interstate 275, take exit 22 and merge onto Interstate 175. The Interstate ends – continue straight onto Fifth Avenue South and proceed to Second Street. The Welcome Center is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue South and Second Street.


Each Year the Museum of Motherhood works with academic partners and collaborators to create the Annual Academic M.O.M. Conference (2005-2016).

 FEES: $150 Earlybird before Jan. 1, $175 regular, $50 for students with no academic funding – We turn no one away for lack of funds. PAYMENTS: [LINK]

In 2017 the Museum relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida. We will commence with hosting a new annual I Annual Academic M.O.M. Conference. In addition, conference participants are invited to publish with JourMS (the Journal of Mother Studies) for dynamic, digital peer-reviewed content in the field of Mother Studies.

The goal of the conference is to develop interdisciplinary approaches to Mother Studies and encourage information exchanges between thought-pioneers, activists, artists, academics, students on the subject of Motherhood, Fatherhood, and Family Life.

The Conference is open to all community members and students wishing to attend but an RSVP is required and attendance is dependent on available space.

For questions e-mail queries to


There is a power point projector, computer, and screen onsite. Bring your laptop or a zip drive, or post your material in the cloud and you will be able to present using the equipment at our location. There is some limited space for brochures, art, and books as well.


The city is an amazing place. Surely you will want to do a little exploring. We also plan on organizing a few special panels, roundtable discussions, and speakers for you, but will make sure there is time in the evenings to step out, either with conference goers or on your own.


A few of you have written saying you would love to pair with a roommate to cut down on costs. If you e-mail me directly with a request with “ROOMMATE” in the heading, I will make introductions and you can work out accommodations together.

CONFERENCE LOCATION – USF, St. Pete & MOM 538 28th St. North St. Petersburg, Fla


For St. Petersburg Conference – Tampa International Airport w/Super Shuttle, Uber or rental car

For NYC Conference – New York City has two major airports: JFK and LaGuardia.

Public transportation is available from both via train, and cab.

The train from JFK is rather straightforward and costs about $7.50. I would encourage you not to be fearful about taking this option if budget is a concern. There are people at the airport who can direct you, and I’ve done this many times. Here is a link to the NYC Subway Map:


Accommodations are best found through discount sites: TravelZooKayak, and Priceline, Groupon, as well as general online searches and CheapOair.

There are many hotels in the area.


St. Petersburg Conference Organizers

Academic Committee

Joy Rose – Founding Director, Museum of Motherhood, New York, NY, US []

Michelle Hughes Miller –  Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of South Florida []

Lynda Ross – Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Chair, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, Athabasca University, CA  [}




I ❤ MOM Conference 2017 Program

I ❤ MOM Conference 2016 Schedule mom-conference-vertical

NYC – MOM Conference 2015 Program

NYC – MOM Conference Program 2014

NYC – MOM Conference Program 2013

NYC – MOM Conference Press Release 2012

NYC – MOM Conference CFP 2011

MOM Conferences since 2005

Annual Academic Conference Organizing Committee in New York City:

For questions e-mail queries to the anyone on the conference organizing committee:

Joy Rose – Founding Director, Museum of Motherhood, New York, NY, US []

Laura Tropp – Associate Professor and Chair, Communication Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY, US. []

Lynn Kuechle – Coordinator, Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota, US []

Aurelie Athan – Ph.D. is a full-time lecturer and MA Program Coordinator in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University []

Roksana Badruddoja – Assistant Professor, Sociology, Manhattan College, Riverdale/Bronx, NY, US. []

Lynda Ross – Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Chair, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, Athabasca University, CA  [}

Amber Blair – Part-time Faculty, Sociology & Anthropology, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, US []

Joy Baum – Adjunct Faculty; Arts In Education Teacher Training at Queens College, CUNY, NY []

Gina Wong – Athabasca University, CA []


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