Glasgow Workshop Programme

La Mamma: Interrogating a National Stereotype (AHRC-funded workshops)


Workshop Two

 Mammismo: The Emergence of a National Stereotype

Fore Hall, Main Building, University of Glasgow, 5-6 October 2012


Location of Fore Hall:

Fore Hall is A8 on this map



Friday 5 October 4-6pm

Penny Morris/Perry Willson  (University of Glasgow/University of Dundee)

Introductory remarks

Kate Mitchell (University of Strathclyde)

Workshop report


Session One

Chair Perry Willson

 Gabriella Gribaudi (University of Naples):  Grandmothers, Mothers and Daughters. Life Histories, Ideals and Values of Three Generations of Women.

Penny Morris (University of Glasgow): Piccola posta – Advice to Postwar Mothers



Saturday 6 October 9.30-5.00

Session Two

Chair Lesley Caldwell

Silvana Patriarca (Fordham University, New York): Does Mammismo Have a Politics? The Origins and Uses of a Stereotype, 1940s-1990s

Joyce Antler (Brandeis University): “Our Mothers Ourselves”: the Invention of the Jewish Mother Stereotype, 1945-1980s.


Session Three

Chair Kate Mitchell

Adalgisa Giorgio(University of Bath): Mothers (of sons), Wives, Lovers: Shifting Identities in Elsa Morante’s Menzogna e sortilegio’

Lesley Caldwell (University College London): Mother or Brother? Visconti’s Rocco


Session Four

Chair Perry Willson

Niamh Cullen (University College Dublin): Growing Up Girls in 1950s Italy: Expectations of Motherhood.

Molly Tambor (University of Long Island): ‘Madonna Tempesta’: Teresa Noce and the Law for Working Mothers


Session Five

Chair Penny Morris

Maud Bracke (University of Glasgow): Between ‘Wounded Emancipation’ and Shared Destinies: Mother-Daughter Relationships as Experienced by 1970s Feminists

Ruth Glynn (University of Bristol): The Discourse of Maternity in Cultural Representations of Female Terrorists

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