Collective residences

Negotiating Non-Motherhood

From Monday, 14 March 2022 to Friday, 18 March 2022

Negotiating Non-Motherhood

March 2022

Negotiating Non-Motherhood: Voluntary, Involuntary, and Circumstantial Childlessness

This thematic residence focuses on the experiences, representations, and perceptions of women who do not have children against the backdrop of traditional gender norms, pronatalist policies and patriarchal structures. While involuntary and voluntary childlessness have typically been treated separately and studied within different disciplines in previous scholarship, we explore non-motherhood beyond the involuntary/voluntary divide and consider the experiences of women who have chosen not to have children; of those who did not have children due to other life choices and/or through circumstance; and those who could not have children. We bring together a range of perspectives from different national contexts and from different disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, gender studies, and literary and cultural studies to explore non-motherhood. The project we are working on will focus on how these women’s life positions are negotiated, felt, represented, and received.

Residents

JENNY BJÖRKLUND

JENNY BJÖRKLUND

Professor of Gender Studies
VALERIE HEFFERNAN

VALERIE HEFFERNAN

Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies
DOVILE KUZMINSKAITE

DOVILE KUZMINSKAITE

Assistant Professor and Researcher at Vilnius University
LAURA LAZZARI (ONLINE)

LAURA LAZZARI (ONLINE)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Childbirth and Postpartum Educator
ANNA Mª MORERO BELTRÁN (ON LINE)

ANNA Mª MORERO BELTRÁN (ON LINE)

ssociate Professor of the Department of Sociology at the University of Barcelona
MARÍA SEBASTIÀ SÁEZ (ON-LINE)

MARÍA SEBASTIÀ SÁEZ (ON-LINE)

Assistant professor and researcher
LINA ŠUMSKAITĖ, ONLINE

LINA ŠUMSKAITĖ, ONLINE

Assistant Professor at Vilnius University, Researcher
JULIE RODGERS

JULIE RODGERS

Associate Professor
DAGNE BERZAITE ( ON LINE)

DAGNE BERZAITE ( ON LINE)

Assistant Professor at Vilnius University, Researcher
ELISABET ALMEDA SAMARANCH

ELISABET ALMEDA SAMARANCH

Full professor of Sociology at the University of Barcelona

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What residents are saying about us

DOVILE KUZMINSKAITE

Assistant Professor and Researcher at Vilnius University

DOVILE KUZMINSKAITE

The Project The MotheNet Project offers deeper analysis and understanding of motherhood involving interdisciplinary approaches from humanities, social sciences, and medicine. The project tries to answer some crucial questions, in particular “What ...

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VALERIE HEFFERNAN

Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies

VALERIE HEFFERNAN

The Project The MotheNet Project offers deeper analysis and understanding of motherhood involving interdisciplinary approaches from humanities, social sciences, and medicine. The project tries to answer some crucial questions, in particular “What ...

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MERCEDES CARBAYO ABENGOZAR

Lecturer

MERCEDES CARBAYO ABENGOZAR

The Project The MotheNet Project offers deeper analysis and understanding of motherhood involving interdisciplinary approaches from humanities, social sciences, and medicine. The project tries to answer some crucial questions, in particular “What ...

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JENNY BJÖRKLUND

Professor of Gender Studies

JENNY BJÖRKLUND

The Project The MotheNet Project offers deeper analysis and understanding of motherhood involving interdisciplinary approaches from humanities, social sciences, and medicine. The project tries to answer some crucial questions, in particular “What ...

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