Congratulations to my friend Joan for organising this symposium which is being held in Canberra tomorrow.
Gaining Ground: Care and the Maternal across Culture
Please let us know if you are coming so we can organize the numbers for lunch
SATURDAY 2nd OCTOBER, 2010
Australian National University, Hedley Bull Center, Theatre 2
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This SYMPOSIUM is being held the day after an International Women in Asia Conference at the ANU for more information see: http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/wia2010/
9.30 am: Tea and coffee available – register and an opportunity to meet others.
10.00 am Overview: The 2009 emphasis of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women was on - the equal sharing of responsibilities between women & men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS. We will cite excerpts – see: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/53sess.htm
Kelly Dombroski will follow this with a talk about her PhD study on women as mothers in contemporary China.
10.40 am Guest Speaker: Dr Virginia Mapedzahama from the University of Sydney, speaking about her work in regard to economics and mothering in Zimbabwe.
11.15 am Morning Tea
11.30 am Panel Discussion: (Dr Susan Goodwin, Dr Denise Ferris and Joan Garvan) Representations of women-as-mothers in Australia today are heavily contested. This is a result of changing expectations and practices both by women and within families that are importantly related to increasing numbers of women with children in the workforce. There is an ever expanding body of literature on topics related to mothering/motherhood and fathering/fatherhood, however, there are identifiable gaps evident in both academic and popular texts that forms the basis for this panel discussion.
AN AIM OF THE DAY IS TO CONTRIBUTE TO COALITION BUILDING BETWEEN WOMEN IN AUSTRALIA AND WOMEN IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION.
We are circulating information about the symposium to the participants of the preceding International Conference seeking out any cross-over between our local A-MIRCI network and this wider community. The afternoon session will be fluid & provide the opportunity for participants to give a short introduction to their research, their networks & their hopes for the future. This session will work by way of a conversation circle with a round-up session between 3 & 5pm.This event is jointly sponsored by the ANU and the Australian Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (A-MIRCI) formerly the Association for Research on Mothering – Australia see: http://www.uq.edu.au/mothering/ This Australian group is associated with MIRCI based in Toronto.
The only cost for the day is for your lunch and morning and afternoon teas. If you would like further information and/or to register for the event please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com or phone: 6161 6068 as soon as possible.