Appel à communication : “Maternal Influences in the Medieval and Early Modern World” – Date limite 14 June 2019

Appel à communication : « Maternal Influences in the Medieval and Early Modern World »
( 4 novembre 2019, Queen Mary University London)
Date Limite: 14 JUIN 2019

We are seeking participants for a workshop on medieval and early modern motherhood. In recent years, scholarship has sought to illuminate motherhood in the medieval and early modern world as a distinct category of experience in the lives of women. This workshop will consider the various ways in which pre-modern motherhood was medicalised, moralised, theorised and visualised from conception and pregnancy through to childbirth, child-rearing and other ‘alternative’ ways of mothering.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Rituals of motherhood such as churching or lying-in ceremonies
Breastfeeding and infant feeding
Midwives and mothers; wet-nurses and mothers
Advice to mothers
Women’s writings about motherhood
Religion and motherhood (including saints and spiritual motherhood)
Maternal authority, particularly over children
Relationships between mothers and fathers

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent to by 14 June. Please indicate in your email whether you would like to present a traditional 20-minute paper or a 5-10-minute overview of your research. We especially welcome PhD students and ECRs.

If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Maguire or Lauren Cantos.


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