Motherhood and Work

The Maynooth University Motherhood Project, with the support of the MU Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy and the MU Arts and Humanities Institute, will host a virtual conference on the topic of ‘Motherhood and Work’ on June 24th and 25th, 2021.

Keynote speakers

  • Haile Cole (Anthropology, University of Connecticut)
  • Caitlyn Collins (Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis)
  • Shani Orgad (Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • Aida Villanueva Montalvo (Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

The recent pandemic and subsequent government measures to curb the virus through lockdowns and restrictions on movement have impacted on women and mothers in a myriad of ways, including: issues of access to obstetric and maternity care; added responsibility of home-schooling; pressures of balancing care-giving while working from home; and financial pressures associated with reduced working hours or loss of employment. We find this an appropriate time, then, to bring scholars together to think of these and other issues more broadly related to the theme of motherhood and work.