Call for Papers – University of Dundee Workshop

Friday 4 May 2012:  University of Dundee Workshop One

This workshop will be devoted to interdisciplinary debate on both the lived experience and representations of motherhood in Italy in the period between 1861 and 1945. All papers will be short to ensure plenty of time for discussion. We welcome paper proposals from all pertinent humanities or social science disciplines (including history, gender studies, Italian studies, art history, sociology, literary studies, psychology, anthropology and film studies).

Papers are particularly welcome in the following areas (although other areas will be also given due consideration)

  • masculinity (particularly the mother-son relationship)
  • religion and the Church
  • discourses of maternity in film and the visual arts.

Speakers will include Prof Marina d’Amelia (La Sapienza), Dr Ursula Fanning (UCD), Dr Kate Mitchell (University of Strathclyde), Prof Marjan Schwegman (Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies), Prof Perry Willson (University of Dundee) and Prof Sharon Wood (University of Leicester). Also present as part of the core advisory group: Prof Chiara Saraceno and Dr Lesley Caldwell.

A limited number of additional places are available for those who would like to present a short paper (15 minutes) at this workshop.

Some further places are available for persons wishing to attend the workshop and participate in the debate but without presenting a paper.

There is no fee for the workshop but numbers are limited. Those wishing to present a paper should send an abstract and the title of the paper plus a short c.v. to: Emily Ryder, La Mamma Project Administrator ( by 8 March 2012.Those whose papers are not accepted (numbers are limited) may be accepted to attend the workshop without presenting. A bursary is available to fund the travel and subsistence expenses (up to a maximum of £250) for one postgraduate student. The student must be enrolled in a UK university. If you wish to apply for the bursary please contact Emily Ryder.

If you wish to attend only to participate in the debate, but prefer not to present a paper, please send a short c.v. to Emily Ryder, La Mamma Project Administrator (, by 8 March 2012.

This is the first of four workshops. Calls for papers for subsequent workshops will be available in due course.

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