Motherhood and creative practice: Maternal structures in creative work

Laura Gonzalez, PhD, Dr Elena Marchevska, both Transart faculty and Prof. Valerie Walkerdine, Transart alumna, are participating in this conference which encompasses the exhibition “Alterative Maternals” with Transart alumni Deborah Dudley (USA), Linda Duvall (Canada), Jeca Rodriguez-Colón (Puerto Rico), Miriam Schaer (USA), and Valerie Walkerdine (UK). Curated by Laura Gonzalez (Spain) in Berlin.

Motherhood and creative practice: Maternal structures in creative work
June 1-2, 2015
Centre for Media and Culture Research, School of Arts and Creative Industries,
London South Bank University

Confirmed Key Note Speakers:
Prof Bracha L. Ettinger, Marcel Duchamp Chair & Professor of
Psychoanalysis and Art at the European Graduate School
Professor Mary Kelly Distinguished Professor and Head of the
Interdisciplinary Studio Area in the Department of Art at UCLA
Professor Faith Wilding Professor Emerita of Performance at SAIC;
and a Visiting Scholar at the Pembroke Center for Feminist Research at
Brown University, Providence, RI

Motherhood and creative practices: Maternal structures in creative work is an
international and interdisciplinary conference that addresses ongoing debates about
hospitality, solidarity and encounter as concepts in creative practice, and how they
relate to contemporary issues of mothering. Mothering involves commitment to
creative balance and combining everyday chores. We are interested how practitioners
combine art and mothering, activism and mothering, academia and mothering, science
and mothering, mothering and allomothering. The conference will look at practices
where the creative exploration, writing and theory about the mother cannot be
separated from one another. Ettinger reveals the intricate connections between critical
theory on maternal and creative practice. According to Vigneault, the porous spaces
of work that engages with the maternal as concept presents passageways which allow
the viewer and reader to move through and between the various levels of text and
image, theory and art, in a constant shift between modes of production (2009:69).
There is a gradual, yet sustained increase in creative practices which, starting from the
challenges posed by the above concepts, explore the maternal in various encounterevent
formations. The conference will also look into diametrically opposed
female experiences and sexual lifestyles and explore the encounters of infertility,
medical intervention, adoption and fostering, queer mothering and childlessness by
choice or not. We invite scholars and artists to also explore the creative embodiment
of intergenerational trauma and the complex territory of mother-daughter
relationships, and bring into dialogue social, scientific and artistic perspectives.

The conference will also encompass the exhibition Alternative Maternals curated
by Laura Gonzalez, a curated performance section led by Faith Wildings’
performative reading of her memoirs, and a post-graduate discussion room. The postgraduate
room will be enriched with performative texts, films, visual and audio
works.

This conference aims to reflect on theoretical, methodological and artistic work that
may throw light on mOthering as/and creative practice. We welcome submissions
from scholars, students, artists, mothers and others who research in this area. Crosscultural,
interdisciplinary and comparative work is encouraged. We are open to a
variety of submissions including academic papers from all disciplines and creative
submissions including visual art, literature, and performance art/performative lectures.
We invite papers in English of 15 minutes length, with possible topics including but
are not restricted to the above description.

We welcome abstracts and proposals for practice-based,creative presentations (300 -
400 words + up to 3 images for practical presentations) on a broad range of
approaches to the above and related topics. Abstract and Proposals are to be submitted
no later than February 20th, 2015, to Dr Elena Marchevska using the following
email: marcheve@nulllsbu.ac.uk. Proposers will be informed by 5 March 2015 whether
their proposal has been accepted.

Conference Registration
Registration for conference will open online on 20 February 2015.
Full Conference Early Bird (by 1 May) £120.00
Full Conference£180.00
Full Conference Postgraduate/Unwaged £65.00
Day Rate Monday 1st, June only £80.00

This conference is supported by the Center for Media and Culture Research and the
School of Arts and Creative Industries at London South Bank University.
Conference organized by Dr Elena Marchevska, London South Bank University and
Prof Valerie Walkerdine, Cardiff University

Photo by Valerie Walkerdine.

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