Collective residences

Negotiating Non-Motherhood

From Monday, 14 March 2022 to Monday, 21 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
LAURA LAZZARI (ONLINE)

LAURA LAZZARI (ONLINE)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Childbirth and Postpartum Educator
MARÍA SEBASTIÀ SÁEZ

MARÍA SEBASTIÀ SÁEZ

Assistant professor and researcher
LINA ŠUMSKAITĖ, ONLINE

LINA ŠUMSKAITĖ, ONLINE

Assistant Professor at Vilnius University, Researcher

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What residents are saying about us

MARÍA SEBASTIÀ SÁEZ

Assistant professor and researcher

MARÍA SEBASTIÀ SÁEZ

During my stay at Faber I am going to work on a monography about “Negotiating Non-Motherhood”, together with other colleagues from the research project MotherNet. The monography will include a range of perspectives from different disciplines, ...

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