Call for Papers: Incarcerated Mothers: Oppression and Resistance

Call for Papers:

Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection on: Incarcerated Mothers: Oppression and Resistance. 

This book will examine the experiences of incarcerated mothers as well as how incarcerated mothers are understood in popular discourse and discounted as good or “real” mothers in Western patriarchal society.

We encourage submissions that interrogate popular discourses about mothering, virtue and criminalization and especially those that focus on resistance and agency by incarcerated mothers.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • health of mothers in prison
  • experiences of mothers in prison
  • representations of incarcerated mothers in popular culture
  • prison narratives by and about mothers
  • history of incarcerated mothers
  • public policy
  • criminalization of pregnancy and motherhood
  • constructing identities
  • survival patterns as incarcerated mothers
  • negative cultural portrayals of mothers who are criminalized
  • relationship of patriarchal discursive systems to portrayals of incarcerated mothers
  • incarcerated mothers in the press and other mainstream cultural media
  • adolescent incarcerated mothers
  • race, class, ethnicity and incarcerated mothers
  • foster families and incarcerated mothers
  • mother and caregiver relationships
  • mothers after incarceration
  • transitioning from carceral settings to the community
  • Lesbian, Bisexual,Transgendered and Transsexual incarcerated mothers
  • gender identity
  • criminalization and the social construction of motherhood

Abstracts should be 250 words. Please also include a brief biography, including citizenship (50 words). Please send to

Deadline for Abstracts is May 31st, 2011. Accepted Papers of 4000-5000 words (15-20 pages) will be due November 1, 2011 and should conform to MLA citation format.

Contact Information:

Demeter Press
140 Holland St. West, PO Box 13022
Bradford, ON, L3Z 2Y5


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