This is the website of the April 2, 2012 Spirituality & Motherhood Conference held at the Museum of Motherhood (MOM), NYC.
Call for Presentations (CFP)
Spirituality & Motherhood
April 2, 2012
New York City, USA
Deadline for Submissions: Extended: February 20th
This 1-day conference aims to highlight the transformative and spiritual dimensions of motherhood. Although spiritual awakening has been described in major life changes (e.g., religious conversion, death, illness, immigration, etc.) there has been a ‘strange neglect’ of spiritual experiencing in the extra-ordinary life transition known as motherhood. Motherhood can be seen as encompassing joy and pain, costs and rewards— an ordeal and an opportunity. Mothers themselves have described “becoming a mother” as a dramatic reorientation in how they come to see the self, others, the world, and even God. Viewed through the lens of spirituality, the daily and even paradoxical experiences of mothering can initiate profound healing and evolution of consciousness in women who answer the call to motherhood.
This conference will focus on the largely unacknowledged spiritual life of mothers and the growth-producing potential of parenting. We welcome submissions from a variety of disciplines ranging from academic theorists, front-line practitioners, artists, performers, and spiritual healers who work with mothers using this perspective. Examples include, but are not limited to: infertility/conception, adoption/fostering, sacred rituals/rites of passage, postpartum depression/trauma, ecstatic birth/intuitive visions, unconditional love/bonding, contemplative/heart-centered practices. We hope to create a space to re-imagine pregnancy, birth and parenting as a spiritual act or awakening and to in-turn empower children as true catalysts of transformation.
We welcome submissions from scholars, students, activists, artists, community agencies, service providers, journalists, mothers and others who work or research in this area. Cross-cultural, historical, and comparative work is encouraged. We encourage a variety of types of submissions including academic papers from all disciplines, workshops, creative submissions, performances, storytelling, visual arts, film, music, audio and other formats.