Conference Programme

Bad Mothers
A Global Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference

Sunday 14th March 2021 – Monday 15th March 2021
Lisbon, Portugal

The programme below is provisional to the postponed event originally due to run in April 2020. A new programme will be devised based on new submissions and acceptances.

Saturday April 4th 2020

08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:30 Welcome and Opening Words: Frances Maranger

09:30 – 10:30 Session 1: Good Mothers / Bad Mothers I
Chair: Frances Maranger

Flux Capacity: A Study in Resistance and Surrender Over Time (Dance Performance)
Sarah Rose Mauney

Challenging the Myth of the Good-Bad Mother Dichotomy: Conceptualizing Homeless Unaccompanied Motherhood as a Site of Intersecting Injustices
Méabh Savage

10:30 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee

11:00 – 12:30 Session 2: Literature
Chair: Miri Kestler-Peleg

“Out of Bounds”: Maternal Regret and the Reframing of Normative Motherhood
Andrea O’Reilly

“A Redundant Little Brat” Mother Character in Sunčana Škrinjarić’s Novel Ulica Predaka (The Ancestor’s Street)
Ana Batinić

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Session 3: Good Mothers / Bad Mothers II
Chair: Rachel Newsome

“Good” Mom vs. “Bad” Mom: Discourses of Motherhood and the Policing of Young Mothers
Amber-Lee Varadi

Good Mothers, Bad Mothers: A Disney Phallocratic Tale
Sara Arroja-Schürmann

Mothers, Murder, and Child Custody
Theresa Porter

15:30 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee

16:00 – 17:30 End of Opening Day Discussion and Consolidation

17:30 Wine and Drinks Reception


Sunday, April 4th, 2020

09:00 – 10:30 Session 5: Identity
Chair: Marnell Kirsten

Is Intensive Motherhood Worth It?
Miri Kestler-Peleg

Uncomfortable Maternal Love for a Disabled Child: an Exploration of Maternal Ambivalence
Clare Harvey

10:30 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee

11:00 – 12:00 Session 6: Stories
Chair: Sarah Rose Mauney

Making the Darkness Conscious: Facing the Bad Mother on the Page
Rachel Newsome

“What is Incomprehensible”: The Myth of Maternal Omniscience and the Judgment of Maternal Culpability in Sue Klebold’s A Mother’s Reckoning and Monique Lépine’s Aftermath
Andrea O’Reilly

12:00 – 12:30 Session 7: Discussion and Morning Consolidation

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Session 8: Visual Representations
Chair: Theresa Porter

Film Noir and Femme Fatales: The Evil Stepmother in Popular Culture
Leslie Lindenaer

Murderous Mother: a Kristevan Reading of Adora Crellin (Sharp Objects 2018) as ‘Bad Mother’
Marnell Kirsten and Joanna Glanville

15:30 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee

16:00 – 17:30 Discussion and Day 2 Consolidation

17:30 – 18:00 Project Development, Closing Thoughts, and Goodbyes