Maternal Influences in the Medieval and Early Modern World

Event Date: 
14 Jun 2019

4 November 2019

Queen Mary University of London

 

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 conference-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 maternalinfluences@gmail.com 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.

 

Organisers: Lauren Cantos and Catherine Maguire