Since my post OB/GYNs, Ourselves was so popular (or at least inspired a very interesting debate in the comments), I thought I would let you all know about some of the large number of sessions we’re featuring at the 2008 Berkshire Conference this weekend on the subject of childbirth, motherhood, and the maternal body. As anyone working in women’s history knows, the history of the body and the history of sexuality have been really big lately, and they’ve given birth (so to speak) to books, articles, and conference papers on the broad subject of maternity. Here are some very interesting examples:
MOTHERS, WETNURSES, AND THE EVOLUTION OF REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE IN PREMODERN EUROPE
Chair: Jacqueline H. Wolf, Ohio University
Comares: Mothers, Midwives, and Wetnurses in Late Medieval Valencia
Debra Gene Blumenthal, University of California, Santa Barbara
The Anatomy of Eve: Imagining the Maternal Body in 16th-Century Germany
Kathleen Maisie Crowther, University of Oklahoma
Examining the Wetnurse: Theory and Practice in Medical Texts of the 12th and 13th Centuries
William F. MacLehose, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Comment: Rebecca Lynn Winer, Villanova University
ALTRUISM, SELF-INTEREST, AND AMERICAN MOTHERHOOD, 1943-2008
Chair: Elizabeth Watkins, University of California, San Francisco
In Their Best Interests: Social Science, Feminism, and the Revaluing of Working Mothers in the 1960s
Elizabeth More, Harvard University
Mixers and Moulders: Neo-Evangelical Models of American Motherhood, 1943-1960
Eliza Young, Harvard University
Mother’s Milk without Mother’s Body: A History of the Late 20th-Century Milk Bank
Kara Swanson, Harvard University
Comment: Janet Golden, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
IMAGING MOTHERHOOD: SHIFTING REPRESENTATIONS OF THE MATERNAL BODY
Chair: Rebecca M. Kluchin, California State University, Sacramento
Now You See It, Now You Don’t: The Maternal Body in Contemporary Art
Rachel Epp Buller, Independent Scholar
(Re-) addressing the Maternal Body: Representations of Motherhood, Modernization, and the Roots of Public Health in Chile
Jadwiga Pieper Mooney, University of Arizona
“Baby Factories” and Squatting “Primitives”: Laboring Bodies in Mid 20th-Century Representations of Natural Childbirth
Jane Simonsen, Augustana College
Comment: Cheryl Lemus, Northern Illinois University
Ann Simonsen Oswood, The Childbirth Collective
Saturday, June 13, 11 a.m.
Chair: Anna R. Igra, Carleton College
Enforcing Dependency: Immigrant Mothers and Health Care Access
Lisa Sun-Hee Park, University of California, San Diego
Begging a Different Memory: Revisionary Images of Mothers in Rickie Solinger’s Beggars and Choosers
Ruby Tapia, Ohio State University
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Hi Historiann! The Conference and these sessions sound great. I hope everything goes well and that you have fun, despite all of your committee responsibilities.
I look forward to reading TR’s Conference updates.
Hi, Ortho–thanks! It will be quite a party, although the weather looks like it might be very rainy. I’m sure I’ll do some follow-up posts after the conference, but then I think I’ll bury myself in my book and do more posting about eighteenth-century things…
Have fun at the Berks, Historiann! We’ll miss you. Please give our regards to Homostorian Americanist and tell him we look forward to seeing him soon in our neck of the woods. You should come out this way sometime! We throw a nice party here in Roxie’s World, when we can get the moms to step away from the laptops and open up the bar. 😉
Roxie–I would love to take you up on your generous offer. Once the Berks is over, perhaps I can think about simply attending and enjoying other conferences that other people have spend years planning! I’ll check with H.A. to see if he’s scoped out some good history/homo/sexy/gender conferences in the Chesapeake Bay area.
What? No scandal? The promise of scandal is the only reason I’m going…
I was assured something good would happen at the dance.
If you bring your digital camera, ej, then you might get some good blackmail photos out of the dance!
Something good always happens at the dance. You heard it here first.