Ferguson

From my feminist mothering studies standpoint, all violence is connected. Violence towards children, women, LGBT people, racalized people (and, of course, all the ways that many of us are have been or are all of these identities at once) is all about who has the right of protection from the state and who doesn’t. Who counts as a citizen? Who is seen as worthy of protection? Which people’s bodies are seen as in need of physical discipline? As I argued in my recent essay “Disciplining the Unruly (National) Body in Staceyann Chin’s The Other Side of Paradise” in Small Axe, which you are welcome to download from my academia.edu page, violence in the Americas is rooted in colonialism and slavery. All of our societies in the Americas have roots in notions of freedom that is exclusionary and in public spaces that need to be policed violently in order to keep them segregated by race and gender to maintain the image of a white national body politic. And so the Black, brown, Native body has long been considered dangerous as many scholars have written about, but as I argue was actually dangerous to notions of exclusionary racist nationalism. The presence of people of color in public spaces challenges the idea of the nation space as being always already white. So to explain this to white people, this is how you get police practices or violence enacted by white people in “self-defense”  that see people of color as inherently suspicious and dangerous because by the logics of racist nationalism they are.

NWSA: MOTHERING, LOVE, AND LABOR: NEW FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES 

If you’re headed to NWSA, please come introduce yourself to me and join the discussion. We’ve structured out time so that we’re each presenting for 5-7 minutes so there will be plenty of time for conversation. PRCC, 209-B. Saturday 2:30-3:45

counting2-300x225Building on the recent publication by Demeter Press of Counting on Marilyn Waring: New Advances in Feminist Economics, this MIRCI sponsored roundtable provides new approaches to thinking about mothering, labor, and economics. Questions central to feminist economics such as what counts as labor, what kinds of labor are valued, and what labor and laborers are in/visible in both public and private spheres that are becoming increasingly blurred, resonate strongly within contemporary mothering studies. The roundtable represents a variety of disciplinary and practitioner perspectives, including that of an entrepreneur/blogger, a graduate student, a junior faculty member, and three tenured faculty. We interrogate love and labor from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives and institutional locations, including bloggers who write about improving work culture for mothers (askmoxie.org and mitacoach.wordpress.com), and as well as new scholarship on ideologies of caregiving and labor related to biological motherhood as the only “real” choice for women and in intensive mothering, the invisibility of stepmothers’ labor, and needed historical context for the legacies motherhood as profession stemming from the fin de siècle.

Conference Like a Mom: Getting the Most Out of Academic Conferences

In honor of the upcoming National Women’s Studies Association Conference this week in Puerto Rico, I’m reposting one of my most popular pieces from the blog.

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Every conference is an opportunity to make connections with other scholars and talk to an informed audience about your work. Here are some of my top tips for getting the most out of academic conferences.

• First, take time to think through which conferences are worth your time and energy. Most of us don’t have unlimited conference travel funds. When you add in the costs of extra childcare and the time it takes to craft a good conference paper, it only makes sense to carefully choose where to present your work. For me, with the ages of my children and my regional university’s limited professional development funds, I usually only attend two conferences a year. I’ve found attending of a broad international conference related to one of my disciplines, like the National Women’s Studies Association Conference and a smaller specialized conference, like the Caribbean Studies Association Conference useful…

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