Motherhood and Memory

Motherhood in post-1968 European Women's Writing
Cross-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogues

Motherhood and Memory Chair: Alison Rice, French, Notre Dame

Federica Kaufmann Clementi (Jewish Studies, South Carolina): Remember What Amalek Did to Her: Daughters Inscribing the (Forgotten) Mother into the Jewish Story

Katie Stone (German, Cambridge): History, Memory and Making Sense of Motherhood in Twenty-First-Century Germany: Tanja Dückers’s Himmelskörper [Celestial Bodies] (2003)

Nathalie Ségeral (French, Virginia Tech): Memory, Postmemory and Motherhood in Linda Lê’s À l’enfant que je n’aurai pas [To the Child I’ll Never Have] and Cécile Wajsbrot’s Mémorial

The Network is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (UK) and is based at the Centre for Contemporary Women’s Writing at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London. It was launched on 1 March 2012 and will continue until 30 November 2013.

Who is involved?

The aim of the Network is to initiate cross-cultural, transnational, and interdisciplinary dialogue on motherhood. It is bringing together researchers from the UK and Europe studying motherhood in contemporary European literatures, with researchers and practitioners working on motherhood from philosophy, psychoanalysis, sociology, ethnography, politics and law, as well as art and film studies.

How does it work?

Through a series of workshops, online resources and activities, readings, and a major conference and exhibition, the Network is exploring what representations and narratives of motherhood in women-authored literatures may have to offer different disciplines engaged in the study of motherhood and mothering. Further, we are considering ways in which these discussions can feed into wider social, cultural, and political discourses, thereby contributing to the impact agenda.

What will the outcomes be?

The Network will generate an edited book publication, as well as ongoing online resources and other forms of knowledge transfer dissemination, such as an anthology of literature, media activity, and social networking.

Institute of Modern Languages Research
Chair: Alison Rice, French, Notre Dame, Federica Kaufmann Clementi (Jewish Studies, South Carolina), Katie Stone (German, Cambridge), Nathalie Ségeral (French, Virginia Tech)
Event date: 
Saturday, 26 October 2013 - 1:00am
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