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LPU Motherhood and Feminism (ext event)

Description: Leicester People's University

"The relationship between motherhood and feminism has always been bumpy. Since second wave feminism in the US started focusing on liberating women from the duty to birth and raise children decades of work by activists and academics has dealt with the meanings, subjects and experiences of motherhood.

"This session, led by Irina Cheresheva, will start with a discussion of key themes tackled by feminist theories of motherhood, such as the dismantling of ‘essential’ motherhood, the critique of the subject position of the mother and the critique of the theoretical dominance of white, western, middle class, heteronormative mothering.

"Bearing in mind the evolution of equal labour legislation since the 1970s, we will then will discuss the ways feminist work on motherhood has been both structured and in a sense limited by searching for the so-called ‘contradictions of motherhood’.

"The concept of motherhood as performative and culturally contingent will be presented as a possible way to move beyond these contradictions and get over the desire of creating a totalizing theory of motherhood.

"The final part will consist of the presentation of an example of how a culturally specific childcare ritual, namely the solid food introduction to infants in Hungary and Bulgaria, can work to shape women’s maternal subjectivities."

Date: Sunday, 14 June 2015
Time: 13:30-17:30 BST
Duration: 4 hours
Access: Public
Category: (i) External event of interest*
Created by: Public Access ( by LSS editor )
Updated: Thursday, 16 April 2015 10:15 GMT
Attachments: None

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