Maternal Bodies Symposium (Birmingham, 15 June 2023)

Maternal Bodies is an interdisciplinary one-day symposium taking place at the University of Birmingham on 15 June 2023. We are interested in…

  • Embodiment: as women, mothers, birthing parents, non-birthing/adoptive/step-parents, etc
  • Medical and social control of reproductive bodies
  • Institutions, corporations, or groups taking a ‘maternal’ role, such as the NHS or Parliament
  • ‘Othermothering,’ e.g., childcare, chosen families, extended families, etc
  • Queer, trans, and non-binary mothering
  • How mothers have looked, felt, moved, acted, and written throughout history

Registration details to follow. We hope that this event will result in the expansion of the Maternal Bodies Network, including the possible creation of a reading group, and (we hope) more events like this one!

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This event is generously supported by the Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures (BRIHC) and Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C).