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Call For Papers of Interest:



You are enthusiastically invited to participate in the second Feminist Geography Conference, May 18-20, 2017, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This conference follows on the 2014 Feminist Geography conference in Omaha, Nebraska, which asked “Who we are, what we do, and how we do it?” We hope to build, extend, and question the borders of feminist geography. In that spirit, our conference is organized around the *Insides and Outsides of Feminism*.

We hope to collectively inquire:​

– How does feminist theory *travel *in geography?

– What *borders* does feminism cross, break down, or reinforce?

– How do we define feminism in geography?

– Can we push the *boundaries *of feminism without it losing its

core commitments?

– Who claims feminism and to *what ends*?

– How do theory, politics, and activism shape the spaces of feminism?

In the spirit of the previous conference and feminist scholarship, we are especially interested in proposals for papers, sessions, and panels that bridge academic and activist work, generate interaction, or create new collaborations. These can take the form of:

– Paper sessions or individual papers

– Alternative media presentations (film, performance, dance)

– Sessions to collaborate on new or existing projects

– Active workshops or problem-solving sessions (map-a-thons, hack-a-thons)

– Strategy or professional development workshops (especially for

negotiating academic life as a graduate student, early career scholar,

or person of color; negotiating university politics as a feminist;

mentoring feminist students; decolonizing the academy)

– You are welcome and encouraged to collaborate with or invite

folks from non-academic or alt-academic spaces, activists, artists,

and others.​

We are committed to providing an inclusive and caring conference atmosphere. We welcome children and would be happy to help you find a caretaker for your children or a nursing-friendly space. If you have any concerns about how recent laws in North Carolina might affect your conference experience, we are happy to answer any of your questions.

For more details and guidelines, and to register for the conference, please visit our website:

To submit an abstract or proposed session or event, please email us: Please let us know whether you would like to be placed in a paper session, media presentation, do a workshop or organize an alternative activity. Also make us aware of any special audio/visual needs or requirements for alternative spaces. 

Journal Articles and Collected Editions:


CALL FOR PAPERS The editorial board is seeking submissions for Vol. 8.1 and 8.2 of the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (JMI) This double issue will be published in fall/winter 2017 MOTHERS, MOTHERING, MOTHERHOOD IN TODAY’S WORLD: EXPERIENCE, IDENTITY, AGENCY, AND INSTITUTION   We welcome submissions from scholars, students, activists, artists, community workers, bloggers, mothers and others who research in this area. Cross-cultural and comparative work is encouraged.

We are open to a variety of types of submissions including academic papers from all disciplines and creative submissions including art and literature. These two issues celebrate Canada’s 150th year in 2017 and examine why mothers, arguably more so than women in general, remain disempowered despite forty years of feminism. Motherhood is the unfinished business of feminism. Motherhood scholars argue that motherhood, as it is currently perceived and practiced in patriarchal societies, is disempowering, if not oppressive, for a multitude of reasons: the societal devaluation of motherwork, the endless tasks of privatized mothering, the incompatibility of waged work and care work, and the impossible standards of idealized motherhood. Many of the problems facing mothers-whether social, economic, political, cultural, or psychological-are specific to their role and identity as mothers. What is needed therefore is matricentric feminism: a feminism that is fashioned from and for women’s particular identity and their work as mothers. These issues position mothers’ needs and concerns as the starting point for a new politic and theory of feminism to empower mothers in Canada and around the world and explore what mothers in the 21st century need to adequately care for their children while living full and purposeful lives. Over the last forty years, motherhood research has focused on the oppressive and empowering dimensions of mothering and the complex relationship between the two. Stemming from the above distinction, these issues will examine 21st century motherhood under four interconnected themes of inquiry: motherhood as experience, identity, agency, and institution. They consider what changes are needed in public-social policy, health, education, the workplace, the family, and the arts to create full and lasting gender equality for mothers in the 21st century.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Articles should be 15-18 pages (3750words) including references.

All should be in MLA style, WordPerfect or Word and IBM compatible.

Please see our style guide for complete details: