MOM Conference Schedule 2019/ 2020


2020 Conference with SEWSA & USF Canceled Due to COVID


MOM Conference April 5-6, 2019

Rewriting Trauma & Visibility: Motherwork, Pregnancy, and Birth

O’Malley Library Alumni Room Manhattan College 4513 Manhattan College Pkwy Bronx, NY 10471

MOM Conference Schedule


8:30-9:15 Registration and Check-in
9:15-9:30 Opening Remarks, Dr. Rani Roy, Associate Provost of MC
9:30-10:30 Gina Wong and Samantha Copithorne – Exploring Birth Trauma and Postpartum Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Jennifer Scuro – Griefwork and After Birth

Hannah Tello – When Birth is Violent: Constructing Narratives of Birth Trauma in a World that Denies Them

Christine Serdjenian Yearwood – Making life more accessible for pregnant women and babies

10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 Singh with Julie Turley –Rock and Metal Music Mothering: The Role of Musical Parenting

Martha Joy Rose –I Am Not Myself; An Auto-Ethnographic Approach to the Social Construction of Living Non-Related Renal Transplantation post-birth

Kayla Dodds – Surviving domestic violence, motherhood, and their complexities

Melodie Cardin-Pregnancy, trauma, and the burden of care: The impact of autoethnographic experience

11:45-12:15 Sanae Elmoudden- Exhausting motherhood: Balancing between Euphoria and Anger

Meredith L. Clements –Good Mother, Good Patient: The complex performance of mothering in the context of gynecologic cancer

12:15 –12:30 Break
12:30-1:30 Keynote – Khiara M. Bridges
1:30 -2:30 Lunch and book signing with Khiara M. Bridges
2:30-3:30 Baylenesh – The grace of motherhood: disabled women contending with societal denial of intimacy, pregnancy, and motherhood in Ethiopia

Lili Shi – On thick intersectionalities of the maternal diaspora: An authoethnography of transnational pregnancy as a Chinese immigrant woman

Courtney Weida – Making Meaning out of Motherhood Through Making

Suki FinnRewriting Trauma through Metaphysics

3:30-3:45 Break
3:45-4:30 Sarah Knott – History of Motherhood

Ruth Garcia – Reading to Resist: A Feminist Mother’s Reconstruction of Traditional Masculinity

Kimya P. Barden –Black Babies’ Play Dates Matter: Motherwork, the White Gaze, and Anti-Black Racism in Drop-In Play Centers

4:30-4:45 Break
4:45-5:45 Laura Tropp – The Reluctant and Forgotten Grandmother

Carolyn Fraker- Goddess, Mother, Monster: Moralizing Motherhood

Dr. Mumba Mumba – To Examine the Breastfeeding Duration of Women Veterans in VISN 15 and the Predictors of Breastfeeding Continuation and Cessation

Madison Hendry – “mother/infant”

5:45 – 6:00 Q & A w/optional simultaneous sound booth performance Heidi Barkun
8:30-9:15 Registration and Check in
9:15 -9:30 Opening Remarks, Martha Joy Rose
9:30-10:30 Plenary with Gina Wong and Christine Morton: Wong- Recognizing the role of Trauma in Mothers Who Kill Their Children. Morton – Repro Network
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 Isis Rose – Healed by Home Birth: Curating Black Home Birth Stories on Homecoming Podcast

Kathryn Ruth McFadden – Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations: Addressing New York State’s Role in Reproductive Injustice

Dana-Ain-Davis –Obstetric Racism: Race and the Politics of Pregnancy, Labor, and Birthing

Nubia Earth Martin-Uncovering Ancestral Womb Trauma & Healing Through the Ancient Art of Storytelling

11:45-12:15 Art Performance – Summer Cunningham -– On Being Alone: A Performance about Teenage Pregnancy, Single Motherhood, and the Complexities of Human Relationships
12:15 -12:30 Break
12:30-1:30 Keynote – Roksana Badruddoja
1:30-2:30 Lunch
2:30-3:15 Tracy Sidesinger – The Maternal No: Personal and Clinical Reflections on Necessary Maternal Limitation

Sanae Elmoudden – The Joy of pregnancy and the pain of silent loss

Bree Akesson – The life needs to go on”: Experiences of pregnancy, childbirth, and early childhood among Syrian refugee families living in Lebanon

3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-4:15 Christen Clifford – Vaginal injuries after birth and postmaternal bodies

Hannah Brockbank – Writing to heal: the artistic embodiment of birth trauma in poetry

Aurelie Athan – Matrescence: The emerging mother in an emerging field

4:15-5:00 Flavia Testa – What I’d say to my mother who abandoned me

Heidi Barkun – Here I am not a Woman. Art, Identity and the Failure to Become Mother

Julie Farstad – Painting as Knowing

5:00-6:00 MHOF Award Sara Ruben Closing circle / student-run healing circle

We Are A Social Change Museum: The Museum of Motherhood (M.O.M.) is an exhibition and education center devoted to the exploration of the art, science, and history of mothers, fathers, and families. M.O.M.’s mission is to start great conversations, feature thought-provoking exhibits, and share information and education—we believe a more comprehensive understanding of pregnancy, birth, and the value of caregiving labor will lead to healthier and happier homes, more productive workplaces, and better social policies. See our latest MOM PoP Up on the campus of Manhattan College in New York and visit the MOM Art Annex in St. Petersburg, Florida.

MOM Conference Schedule