Deadline: June 28, 2019
We are looking for abstracts for an edited collection, provisionally entitled Mothers and Motherhood: Negotiating the international audio- visual industry. This question of how women reconcile care-work with formal work and qualitative insights into mothers’ experiences in the audio -visual industry, is under-researched in international production studies literature; something that this collection seeks to address.
Chapters will explore the gendered challenges facing mothers and the attempts they make to address those challenges in order to sustain their working lives.
Areas of inquiry could include, but are not limited to, maternity leave, returning to work, the challenges of balancing motherhood with work at various ages of child development, motherhood and industrial practices, women who leave work because of care-work demands, the concealment o maternal status in the workplace, the rejection of motherhood by women who prioritize their careers, women who ‘missed’ motherhood for a variety of reasons, motherhood as a barrier to career progression and successful interventions by the industry to facilitate mothers.
It is anticipated that this book will make a valuable contribution to international debates on equality, mothers and motherhood. It is expected that it will facilitate scholars, students, activists, policy makers and practitioners in understanding the impact of motherhood on the engagement of women in the industry across the globe.
We have received a strong expression of interest from an international publishers who is awaiting the submission of a full proposal.
Potential contributors should send us a detailed 300 word abstract and a short bio by 28 June 2019. The estimated timeframe for the completed first draft of approx. 6,000 words is November 30, 2019.
Please send abstracts and queries to: Susan Liddy, Department Media and Communication Studies, MIC. Susan.firstname.lastname@example.org or Anne O Brien Department of Media Studies, Maynooth University. Anne.email@example.com