Conference Programme

Bad Mothers
A Global Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference

Saturday 6th March 2021 –  Sunday 7th March 2021
Online Conference via ShockLogic


Saturday, 6th March 2021
The platform will open at 13:45 GMT – UK Time

14:00 – 14:15 GMT Welcome, Opening Words, and Expectations: Lorraine Rumson

14:15 – 14:45 Welcome Discussion by the Frances Maranger (Event Leader)

14:45 – 15:00 Break

15:00 – 16:30 Session 1: Good Mothers / Bad Mothers I
Chair: Frances Maranger

Mother’s Love: From “Games Played While Lying Down: Embodying Mothering Experience”
Sarah Rose Mauney

The Other Mother: Understanding the Negative Archetype of the Nonbiological Mother
Shayne Rivers

16:30 – 16:45 Break

16:45 – 17:45 Session 2: Literature
Chair: Marnell Kirsten

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

 The Other Dance Mother: Analyzing the “Bad” Stage Mother in Competitive Dance
Lisa Sandlos

17:45 – 18:15 Long Break

18:15 – 19:45 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

“You Must Change Your Ways … Because a Healthy Mother Gives Birth to Healthy Children”: Rural Women and the Pronatalist Politics of Adult Education Programs in Post-Independence Tanzania.
Husseina Dinani

Mothers, Murder, and Child Custody
Theresa Porter

19:45 – 20:15 End of Opening Day Cross Panel Discussion and Consolidation

Sunday, 7th March 2021
The platform will open at 13:45 GMT – UK Time

14:00 – 15:30 Session 4: Representations and Images
Chair: Husseina Dinani

“Reproductive Failure: Bad Labour, Bad Mothers, and Failed Neoliberal Subjects”
Gina Schlesselman-Tarango

Deadly Mothers
Gurbax Matoo

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

15:30 – 15:45 Break

15:45 – 17:15 Session 5: Narratives
Chair: Sarah Rose Mauney

Bad Mothers or Good Mothers? Motherhood as a Contested Space in African American Fiction
Beatrice A. Akinsiku

“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

Crafting Tools: Instagram, the Hashtag, and Diana Manole’s The Child Who Didn’t Want to be Born
Alicia Corts

17:15 – 17:45 Long Break

17:45 – 19:15 Session 7: Visual Representations
Chair: Theresa Porter

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

“Bad Mother” in the Movies: How Cinema Expresses a Social Representation of its Role play.
Maria da Luz Ramos

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

19:15 – 20:00 GMT  End of Day Cross Panel Discussion
                               Closing Reflections