Mothering From The Field
Edited by Bahiyyah Muhammad, Ph.D. and Melanie-Angela Neuilly, Ph.D.
Call for Chapter Proposals
The heated national conversation about gender equality and women in the workforce, particularly about whether one should “lean in” (Sandberg, 2013) or resign to the fact that she will never “have it all” (Slaughter, 2012), is something that women in academia have been concerned with and writing about since at least 2008, with the publication of Mama, Ph.D. (Evans & Grant, Eds.). Indeed, a cursory search of popular books on the topic returns Professor Mommy: Finding Work/Family Balance in Academia (Connelly & Ghodsee, 2011), Academic Motherhood (Ward & Wolf-Wendel, 2012), Mothers in Academia (Castaneda & Isgro, Eds., 2013), Do Babies Matter? Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower (Mason, Wolfinger, & Goulden, 2013), and Teacher, Scholar, Mother: Re-envisioning Motherhood in the Academy (Young, 2015). While some of these devote some time to mothers and women academics’ narratives, with the exception of Young’s they mostly focus on identifying generic strategies for success within academia as an institution. Aside from Hargittai’s more recent tome (Women Scientists: Reflections, Challenges, and Breaking Boundaries, 2015), which brings the conversation somewhat outside of the purely institutional arena, and into the disciplinary, the specifics of motherhood’s impacts on how scientific research is conducted are seldom discussed, particularly when it comes to field research.
Indeed, sciences that require field research can be problematic for women as they struggle to meet the demands of both tenure and motherhood. This book offers both a mosaic of perspectives from real women scientists’ experiences of conducting field research while raising children, and an analytical framework to understand how we can redefine methodological and theoretical contributions based on mothers’ experiences in order not just to promote healthier, more inclusive, nurturing, and supportive environments in physical, life, and social sciences, but also to revolutionize how we conceptualize research.
We seek contributions from women who have conducted field research in the physical, life, or social sciences while raising children. We are also interested in their partners’ perspectives (if and when applicable and/or available), either in separate self-standing chapters, or in chapters written in tandem. Contributions should blend description with analysis, without restriction in topic, focus, or framework of reference.
If interested, please submit a 300-word abstract and a short bio to (email@example.com) MFTF dot book at gmail dot com by March 21, 2016. We anticipate submission of full first drafts of chapters by June 30, 2016. Questions and inquiries can be sent to (firstname.lastname@example.org) MFTF dot book at gmail dot com.
Bahiyyah M. Muhammad, PhD
(Co-editor & Authorized Contact)
Assistant Professor of Criminology
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
2441 6th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059