Dr Muireann Maguire and Dr Egle Kackute will co-convene a two-day online conference in January 2022 to launch the Slavic and East European Maternal Studies Network. The conference will take place virtually on January 21st-22nd, 2022.
We hope this event will encourage networking between scholars of Slavic and East European Studies and Maternal Studies academics, and boost established Maternal Studies scholars to act as mentors and peer supporters to Slavic Studies specialists who are entering this field. Areas of specialization include literature (maternal fictions), various fields of cultural studies, history, and sociology.
Distinguished historian Professor Natalia Pushkareva (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow) will deliver the keynote lecture, “To Birth and To Bear: A History of Childbearing in Russia as a Subject of Academic Research”. Other speakers will be confirmed soon. To promote networking and knowledge exchange, established non-Slavist Maternal Studies researchers will chair each of the panels. In addition to aligning Slavic Studies scholars with peers and mentors in wider disciplinary fields, we hope to use this conference to identify research topics to be further refined (in collaboration between Slavist and non-Slavist scholars) at our Exeter symposium in July 2022.