Papers from Mothering and Migration Workshop Published

Friday 20 November 2015

Mothering and Migration: Interdisciplinary Dialogues, European Perspectives and International Contexts has been published.
Papers drawn from the ‘Mothering and Migration’ Workshop, held on 26 April 2013, as part of the AHRC-funded ‘Motherhood in post-1968 European Literature’ Network, based at the Centre for the Study of Women’s Writing at the IMLR, are now available in Women’s Studies International Forum 52 (September-October 2015), edited by Anastasia Christou (Middlesex), Adalgisa Giorgio (Bath) and Gill Rye (IMLR).

The Network aimed to insert literature into the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural debate on motherhood, and the Workshop explored the impact of migration and exile on practices and experiences of mothering in a variety of contexts, with much stimulating discussion. The published articles develop this work further and have particular resonance in the context of the current migration crisis in Europe. They address Italian family migration to New Zealand, Cape Verdean migrant pregnancy in Portugal, Eastern European women’s migration to Greece and Cyprus, and Brazilian migration to London, and bring perspectives from literature, sociology, social anthropology, ethnography, socio-linguistics and demography to bear on the topic.


Anastasia Christou, Adalgisa Giorgio and Gill Rye: 'Mothering and Migration: Interdisciplinary Dialogues, European Perspectives and International Contexts. Introduction' (pp. 49-52)
Adalgisa Giorgio: 'The Italian Family, Motherhood and Italianness in New Zealand: The Case of the Italian Community of Wellington' (pp. 53-62)
Elizabeth Pilar Challinor: 'In Dialogue with Self and the World: Cape Verdean Migrant Pregnancy in Portugal' (pp. 63-70) 
Anastasia Christou and Domna Michail: 'Migrating Motherhood and Gendering Exile: Eastern European Women Narrate Migrancy and Homing' (pp. 71-81)
Eglė Kačkutė: 'Mothering in a Foreign Language: Silent and/or Multilingual Mothers in Dalia Staponkutė's The Silence of the Mothers' (pp. 82-91)
Ana Souza: 'Motherhood in Migration: A Focus on Family Language Planning' (pp. 92-98)
Letizia Mencarini: 'Afterword: A Demographic Perspective' (pp. 99-100)