This two-day hybrid conference in collaboration with Maynooth University’s Motherhood Project will take place on September 23th – 24th 2022 at Maynooth, Maynooth University, Arts and Humanities Institute, Iontas Building, Maynooth, Ireland.
The success of recent films such as The Lost Daughter (2021) and Madres paralelas [Parallel Mothers] (2021), series like Maid (2021), Plan Coeur [The Hook-Up Plan] (2018-22), Motherland (2016-2021) or Mythomaniac (2019-21), and the active presence of mothers on social media and blogs, all demonstrate the potential of motherhood for creative cultural production on screen. In addition to Julie Rodgers’ extensive scholarship on motherhood, including The Truth about (M)Otherhood: Choosing to be Childfree (2021), and Loic Bourdeau’s work on care and subversive models of motherhood in Horrible Mothers: Representation across North America (2019), a number of contributions such as Italian Motherhood on Screen (2017), Media Work, Mothers and Motherhood: Negotiating the International Audiovisual Industry (2021), and Mothers Comrades, and Outcasts in East German Women’s Films (2016) all point to the need to further interrogate and expand the conversations around motherhood. This conference specifically seeks to investigate what the medium of the screen contributes to the topic, particularly in relation to the lesser discussed maternal narratives.
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