Mama’s Day Poetry Playlist

If mothering is the kind of work that makes all other kinds of work possible why are mothers and grandmothers turning to the media as a last resort to plead for jobs and housing for themselves and their families? Why have we not figured out a way to nourish and support mothers in the work that they do? Why is motherhood often impoverishing? Why do women as group earn less than men as a group (around 18% less in Barbados) and why is motherhood part of the answer? Why have we not figured out work-life balance? And learnt a way to honour the multiple journeys to motherhood? That post-24, pre-35 (heterosexually) married, middle-class, with medical insurance, making more than the national average, able-bodied, sound-of-mind, mythic ideal of appropriate motherhood is a minority experience in the Caribbean.  Can’t we honour and support all moms to be the best moms that they can be?

Here’s a poetry playlist that addresses motherhood in all it’s complexity.  Happy Mothers’ Day!   Continue reading

Performing Good-West-Indian-Discipline Online

Today I shared a viral video of a Caribbean mom beating her 12-year-old daughter with a belt for talking to and sending photos of herself to a man online posting photos of herself in a vest and underwear online. In the comments which followed on the CODE RED facebook page two persons wrote that they were unable to watch the video as they felt sick to their stomachs. Continue reading

Mothers and Mothering in a Global Context: Call for Papers

Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) and the Institute for Gender and Development Studies:The Nita Barrow Unit, University of the West Indies are hosting an international conference on:

MOTHERS AND MOTHERING IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT  

February 24-25th, 2012, Christ Church, Barbados

STILL ACCEPTING ABSTRACTS!

Due to several last minute cancellations, MIRCI is accepting abstracts for our February Barbados conference until February 1 2012. Please send 250 word abstract and 50 word bio to aoreilly@yorku.ca as soon as possible and no later than Feb 1, 2012 

This conference explores motherhood and mothering in a global context by highlighting the commonality and also the diversity in how mothers care for children and others across, and beyond, borders and cultures. We welcome submissions from researchers, students, activists, community workers, artists and writers and papers that explore the meaning and experience of motherhood in a global context from a all academic disciplines including but not limited to motherhood studies, anthropology, history, literature, popular culture, women’s studies, sociology, and that consider the theme across a wide range of maternal identities including racial, ethnic, regional, religious, national, social, cultural, political, and sexual. Cross-cultural perspectives on the subject matter are particularly welcome.

** TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT FOR THIS CONFERENCE, ONE MUST BE A MEMBER OF MIRCI

http://www.motherhoodinitiative.org/membership.html

Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI)

140 Holland St. West, PO Box 13022

Bradford, ON, L3Z 2Y5 (tel) 905-775-5215

http://www.motherhoodinitiative.org       info@motherhoodinitiative.org