Motherhood and Love

Monday, 28 April 2014, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, IWM library

Love: A Question for Feminism?

Monday, April 28, 6pm
Venue: IWM, Spittelauer Lände 3, 1090 Wien

LoveThe panel discussion will focus on the collected volume Love: A Question for Feminism in Twenty-First Century (Routlege, 2013) edited by Anna Jónasdóttir and Ann Ferguson. The issues discussedin the book include feminist materialist philosophy and sociology of love, contradictions of feminist approaches to love and sexuality, problems of contemporary appropriations of love and affective labor, love globally and resistance/oppression dimensions in love theory and practice. The book editors argue that a new discipline – love studies – should follow several decades of feminist research concerning affective labor, love and love power, and reproductive labor, thus allowing a reappropriation of both theory and practice of love in a transcultural, globalized world.

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Anna Jónasdóttir, feminist political scientist, professor emerita at the University of Örebro, Sweden; author of several feminist analysis of love labor including Why Women Are Oppressed? (Temple University Press 1994).

Brigitte Bargetz, feminist political scientist, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Vienna; author of Ambivalenzen des Alltags: Neuorientierungen für eine Theorie des Politischen (forthcoming 2014), co-editor of the feminist journal Femina Politica.

Lena Gunnarsson – gender studies scholar at the University of Örebro, Sweden; author of The Contradictions of Love: Towards a feminist-realist ontology of sociosexuality 9Routlege 2013).

Gundula Ludwig, feminist political scientist, researcher at the University of Vienna; author of Geschlecht regieren: Zum Verhältnis von Staat, Subjekt und heteronormativer Hegemonie (Campus 2011).

Ewa Majewska, feminist philosopher and critical theorist, lecturer of gender studies at the University of Warsaw, Visiting Fellow at the IWM, Vienna; author of Feminizm jako filozofia społeczna (Difin 2009) and Sztuka jako pozór? (Korporacja Ha!art 2013).

Eleanor Wilkinson, feminist social scientist and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Leeds, UK; author of ‘Learning to love again: Broken families, citizenship and the state promotion of coupledom’ (Geoforum, 2013)

Chair: Agata A. Lisiak, IWM/Humboldt University


Matka Polka Beyond Poland: Discourses and Practices of Motherhood in Contemporary Europe

Tuesday, April 29, 6pm
Venue: Polish Institute Vienna, Am Gestade 7, 1010 Wien

Frauen_Jotzo Jürgen_PixelioMatka Polka, the archetypal Polish mother traditionally embodying patriotism, sacrifice, and unconditional love, is a much debated concept in Poland. A sociocultural and historically embedded construct, the Matka Polka image has evolved since its emergence in the 19th century, appropriating various additional meanings and features over the years: the mother fighter, the resourceful mother, or, most recently, the neoliberal supermother. The speakers in the panel will address the complexities entailed in the Matka Polka figure and scrutinize its historical and contemporary functions including, importantly, the impact of migration on mothering practices and discourses on motherhood in Poland and Europe.


Bettina Haidinger, feminist sociologist and economist, researcher at FORBA, Vienna; author of Hausfrau für zwei Länder sein: Zur Reproduktion des nationalen Haushalts (Westfälisches Dampfboot 20013) and co-author (with Käthe Knittler) of Feministische Ökonomie: Intro (Mandelbaum 2014).

Elżbieta Korolczuk, sociologist and social activist, researcher at Södertörn University in Sweden and lecturer in Gender Studies at Warsaw University; co-editor (with Renata Hryciuk) of Pożegnanie z Matką Polką: Dyskursy, praktyki i reprezentacje macierzyństwa we współczesnej Polsce (Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego 2012).

Agata A. Lisiak, cultural scientist, researcher in the TRANSFORmIG project at Humboldt University in Berlin, lecturer at Bard College Berlin, and Junior EURIAS Fellow at the IWM in Vienna; author of Urban Cultures in (Post)Colonial Central Europe (Purdue University Press 2010)

Chair: Ewa Majewska, IWM/University of Warsaw

In cooperation with the Polish Institute Vienna and the Embassy of Sweden in Vienna

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