Call for Papers – Edinburgh workshop

Call for Papers

Arts and Humanities Research Council Network

La Mamma: Interrogating a National Stereotype

Workshop organisers: Dr Penelope Morris (University of Glasgow) and Prof. Perry Willson (University of Dundee)

Workshop Four: The Stereotype Abroad: Mammismo in the Italian Diaspora

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, 16-17 May 2014


This workshop will explore the influence of mammismo and the experience and representations of maternity in the Italian diaspora. We welcome paper proposals relating to Italian diaspora communities in any part of the world and from all pertinent humanities or social science disciplines (including history, gender studies, Italian studies, art history, sociology, literary studies, psychology, anthropology and film studies). All papers will be short to ensure plenty of time for discussion.

The workshop will be followed by a public event focusing on the experience and representations of motherhood in the Italian-Scottish community.

Workshop speakers will include: Maddalena Tirabassi, Francesco Ricatti, Susanna Garroni.

Also present, as part of the core advisory group: Lesley Caldwell, Kate Mitchell, Penny Morris and Perry Willson

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 27 March 2014. Those whose papers are not accepted (numbers are limited) may be accepted to attend the workshop without presenting.

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 27 March 2014.

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.

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