M/Other Voices September 2016 now out

In our September column we are pleased to present Conversation Four Ways, a contribution by  Sheilah Wilson an artist born and raised in Caribou River, Nova Scotia. Her recent work investigates the possibility of history and identity as fictionalized states of becoming. Wilson received her MFA from Goldsmiths College and a BFA from NSCAD University. She is Associate Professor Photography at Denison University, Granville, Ohio, a mother and an artist in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts.  The artists participating in Conversation Four Ways are Sheilah Wilson(SW), Dana Hoey (DH), Leeza Meksin (LM) and Carmen Winant (CW).

You can read here Conversation Four Ways.

Through these columns m/other voices wishes to open up a space of resonance for the expansion and sharing of the diverse practices and strategies that we adapt, invent, appropriate and encounter in our daily working lives as m/others, thinkers and producers. Topics for reflection may for example include issues reflected also through the m/other voices Field Trips where questions related to how we perform and negotiate the two identities of m/other - producer are investigated through presentations, discussions and the making of new work. Moving between philosophy, theory and the everyday life, the space of the column is open for your stories. For queries on submitting contributions please send an email to info@mothervoices.org

The Lancet: Focus on Maternal Health 2016


In case not seen, the Lancet maternal health Series 2016

The latest evidence and discussion on global maternal health.

‘Every women, every newborn, everywhere has the right to good quality care. This is the guiding message of the 2016 Lancet Maternal Health Series.’

‘The Series shines a light on the causes, trends, and prospects for maternal health in the current era of rapid demographic, epidemiological, and socioeconomic transition. It analyses experiences of the past 25 years, and exposes the growing threat to progress caused by poor quality care and inequity of access.

Since 1990, the gap between the group of countries with the highest level of maternal mortality and the group with the lowest has doubled in size. In high- and middle-income countries, and in better-off groups in low-income countries, there is a growing risk of over-medicalisation of normal pregnancy and birth, with the routine use of interventions unsupported by evidence. Facility-based births continue to rise, but maternity care that is too much, too soon may cause harm, raise health costs, and contribute to a culture of disrespect and abuse.

At the same time, poor quality care that is too little, too late jeopardizes the health of women and their newborn babies, whether in sparsely-populated rural areas, dense urban centres, or in settings marked by environmental or political fragility. Furthermore, despite the increases in maternity care coverage in the past 25 years, an estimated quarter of pregnant women still do not access skilled care at birth.’

Read more

Executive Summaryhttp://www.thelancet.com/pb/assets/raw/Lancet/stories/series/maternal-health-2016/mathealth2016-exec-summ.pdf

Full Series : http://www.thelancet.com/series/maternal-health-2016

Attached is the social media tool kit to share the messages widely.

Best regards,


Olive Cocoman

Coordinator, Every Newborn Partnership

Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health

World Health Organization

20, Avenue Appia CH-1211 Geneva 27


Tel: +41 22791 2684

Skype: ococoman

E-mail: cocomano@who.int | Web: www.everynewborn.org


Hate, Shame, Lust, and Envy in Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Please look closely at this phenomenal lineup of speakers!

Andrea Celenza, Rosemary Balsam, Carol Gilligan, Adrienne Harris

Attached is the flyer for this year's Colloquium series at the Wm. Alanson White Institute, entitled "Hate, Shame, Lust, and Envy in Contemporary Psychoanalysis".  You can also find more information and register for these free events at www.wawhite.org. All events take place at the Institute, 20 West 74th Street, between CPW and Columbus.

The first talk is next week (information below). Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 8:00 pm

  • Presidential Address
  • Hidden Narratives: Sally J. Freedman and the Experience of Family Trauma
  • Speaker: Nancy Nereo, PhD
  • Discussant: Adrienne Harris, PhD

Judy Blume is the author of numerous popular books for children, adolescents and adults. This talk will consider Blume's most autobiographical book, Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself, a poignant exploration of the psychological experiences of a young Jewish girl in America during the immediate aftermath of World War II. In particular, we will examine the expression of intergenerational transmission of trauma that occurs within Sally's family. The discussion will be further supported by relevant clinical material that illustrates these processes in adult patients with a history of significant family trauma.

Nancy Nereo, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in New York City and the President of the William Alanson White Society.  She is an Associate Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, an Associate Editor for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and has held positions on the Executive Committee of the Women's Mental Health Consortium.  Dr. Nereo is in private practice on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, where she sees adolescents and adults.

Adrienne Harris, Ph.D. is Faculty and Supervisor at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is a supervisor and on the faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and is a member and Training Analyst in the IPA. She is an Editor at Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies In Gender and Sexuality. In 2009, along with Lewis Aron and Jeremy Safron, she established the Sandor Ferenczi Center at The New School of New York. She is a co-editor of the book series Relational Perspectives in Psychoanalysis, a series now with over 60 published volumes, along with Lewis Aron, Eyal Rozmaren and Steven Kuchuck.  Dr. Harris has written on topics in gender and development, analytic subjectivity and self-care, primitive states, and the analytic community in the shadow of the First World War.  Her current work is on analytic subjectivity, on intersectional models of gender and sexuality, and on ghosts.

Call for Proposals: 2017 Association for Women in Psychology Conference

We are delighted to announce the 2017 meeting of the Association for Women in Psychology to be held at the Downtown Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee, WI, March 2-5, 2017. We welcome submissions on any theme related to the fields of Psychology of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies, and we especially welcome presentations devoted to the conference theme: What Color is Your Collar?  Privilege, Power, and Social Class.  Proposals for the conference may be submitted anytime between September 1 and November 1, 2016. Please see the attached call for proposals and submission guidelines.


Christine Smith & Crystal Hendrick, Conference Co-chairs 






Christine Smith, PhD

Department of Human Development/Psychology

Chair, Women's and Gender Studies

University of Wisconsin, Green Bay

Green Bay, WI54311

(920) 465-5124







We are pleased to invite you and your institution to participate in the OXFORD WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM at Somerville College, Oxford, UK

The  Fall Symposium is scheduled for 7, 8 & 9 December 2016.

You are invited to present a paper on an aspect of Women's Studies, or you may wish to attend as an observer or panel member.

Papers presented at the meeting will be subsequently peer-reviewed by external readers for possible inclusion in Symposium Books or sponsored academic journals.

The Symposium is interdisciplinary in nature and seeks to cover a broad reach of women's leadership issues in both the public and private sectors. The expectation is that much of the discourse will be concerned with cultural, religious, social, and economic conditions of women and the initiatives that may be most effective in the remediation of the various forms of gender discrimination. See our website for suggestions on topics and other information.


Lydia Allen

Symposium Coordinator

Oxford Women’s Leadership Symposium



Association for Women in Psychology Annual Conference

We are delighted to announce the 2017 meeting of the Association for Women in Psychology to be held at the Downtown Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee, WI, March 2-5, 2017. We welcome submissions on any theme related to the fields of Psychology of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies, and we especially welcome presentations devoted to the conference theme: What Color is Your Collar?  Privilege, Power, and Social Class.  Proposals for the conference may be submitted anytime betweenSeptember 1 and November 1, 2016. Please see the attached call for proposals and submission guidelines.


Christine Smith & Crystal Hendrick, Conference Co-chairs 

Christine Smith, PhD

Department of Human Development/Psychology

Chair, Women's and Gender Studies

University of Wisconsin, Green Bay

Green Bay, WI54311

(920) 465-5124



Call for papers

Call for proposals for a session at The College Art Association, New York.

College Art Association, New York,
February 2017.
Chairs: Dr. Rachel Epp Buller and Dr. Margo Hobbs

'Maternal Art Activism' considers the work of mothers engaged in creative practice who position themselves as agents of cultural change. These artists situate individual works, or even entire careers — much as Kathe Kollwitz did in the early-twentieth century — as activist endeavors influenced by and often directly tied to their status as parents. Building on the feminist expression that “the personal is political,” Adrienne Rich opened a path for writers to take on an activist maternal voice in her well-known text, “Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Institution and Experience,” In the decades since, a host of creative producers around the globe - many of whom are not parents themselves - have answered her call, not only to grant visibility to hitherto obscured experiences of mothering, but also to engage in social and political protests from maternal viewpoints. Presenters might address creative work that disrupts expectations of maternal behavior and identity; community engagement, public art, or interventions in public spaces influenced by experiences of motherhood; creative work that interrogates the representation of mothers in art, media or the marketplace; art about the censorship of the maternal body or discrimination against mothers; art that intersects with the politics of immigration, economics, transnational conflicts or environmental destruction. This panel invites artistic and scholarly submissions that engage with the challenges, strategies and possibilities of these and other aspects of contemporary maternal art activism.

For more information please see here.

Upcoming Conferences


MIRCI's 20th Year Gala Conference,
October 14 - October 16, 2016
Pantages Hotel,
200 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


The Fluidity of Gender

Please join the Art & Art Education program at a public reception tomorrow from 5-7pm at Macy Art Gallery. The Fluidity of Gender, an exhibition of exciting works by artist Linda Stein, will be on view, and the artist will be in attendance. As a follow-up to the Why Talk about Gender? symposium that was held in March, this exhibition pushes the conversation around gender to new ground with challenging and thought-provoking sculptural works and works on paper. Refreshments will be provided.

The Macy Art Gallery is located on the 4th floor of Macy Hall on the Teachers College campus at 525 West 120th Street in Manhattan. Gallery receptions are free and open to the public.

Conversations With Our Bodies

By: The Fifth Vital Sign


The Fifth Vital Sign has teamed up with Daysy to bring you a talk and panel discussion covering the menstrual cycle, fertility awareness method (FAM), diet and lifestyle choices for hormonal health, and the effects of hormonal birth control. Our terrific panelists are: Jessa Blades, Abby Epstein, Holly Grigg-Spall, and Nicole Jardim.

Come to converse and learn, enjoy music and drinks, and enter a raffle for: Nicole Jardim'sFix Your Period program, Roy custom-made swimwear, movie downloads from Ricki Lake's and Abby Epstein's BOBB Films, Holly Grigg-Spall's Sweetening the Pill books, Fifth Vital Sign t-shirts, and more! Raffle ticket sales will benefit Yeah, That's What She Said. They are a collective of self-organized women in NYC (and beyond) whose focus is to highlight the work of poor and working class women, queer and trans women, women of color and immigrant women through arts, film, poetry, music & activist programming.

There will be a short introductory talk by Emily Varnam and Kelsey Knight of The Fifth Vital Sign on the menstrual cycle and fertility awareness, then we will open it up for discussion with our talented, renowned panelists. Read their bios below. We are so excited to meet you there!

Jessa Blades 

Jessa Blades is a make up artist, natural beauty expert and herbalist. She has been a make up artist for 14 years and specializes in natural, non-toxic and healing beauty. Inspired by the idea of true healing and wellness, Jessa made the switch to natural products and founded her company Blades Natural Beauty in 2008, providing simple routines, pure products, and expert advice. When she's not working on set for editorial clients, Jessa teaches private lessons and group workshops for women on how to apply makeup, how to choose the best and healthiest products, and how to incorporate herbs and food based medicine into their lives to heal their skin. Jessa has studied with a group of wise and powerful teachers: Rosemary Gladstar, Peeka Trenkle, Phyllis Light, and Nancy Phillips. She curates an amazing collection of beauty and wellness products and sells them through her site: http://www.bladesnaturalbeauty.com

Abby Epstein

Abby Epstein produced and directed the celebrated documentary The Business of Being Born, with her longtime producing partner, Ricki Lake. Heralded as a “must-see for every pregnant woman,” The Business of Being Born premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival where it was named among “Best of the Fest” by New York Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. The success of the film inspired Abby and Ricki’s book Your Best Birth, which was published by Hachette. Their follow-up DVD series More Business of Being Born was released in 2011. Under their joint venture BOBB Films, Abby and Ricki served as Executive Producers of the 2014 documentary Breastmilk, the upcoming The Mama Sherpas, and are in production on two new films: Weed the People and Sweetening the Pill. Abby made her film directing debut at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival with the documentary, Until the Violence Stops. Prior to her film work Abby directed theater, helming National Tours and international premieres of RENT and “The Vagina Monologues.”

Holly Grigg - Spall

Holly Grigg-Spall is the author of "Sweetening the Pill: Or How We Got Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control" (Zero Books, 2013). In 2014 her book was optioned by Ricki Lake for a feature film documentary. The film is currently in production, with Abby Epstein as director. Holly now works with the companies Flo Living and Daysy as blog editor, social media manager, and marketing consultant.

Nicole Jardim

Nicole Jardim is a Certified Women’s Health Coach + Functional Nutritionist with a specialty in young women’s hormonal health. Her signature Fix Your Period series of programs empower women to heal their menstrual and reproductive health in a fun and sassy way. She trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a health coach, and completed a 3-month apprenticeship at a women’s holistic health center in NYC, a 1-year training program with Dr. Sara Gottfried, MD, and an additional 1-year women’s health and nutrition coaching certification program with the Integrative Women’s Health Institute. She passionately believes that all women can (and should) be active participants in their health and is dedicated to showing women how to take back control of their bodies.

We want to give extra thanks to our event sponsor, Daysy. Daysy is hormone-free and hassle-free--a fertility computer that can be used for planning or preventing pregnancy. For more information on Daysy and fertility awareness, check out their website:https://www.usa.daysy.me/.



*CFP: Monstrous Women in Comics—an Interdisciplinary Conference on Women in Comics and Graphic Novels*

*CFP: Monstrous Women in Comics—an Interdisciplinary Conference on Women in
Comics and Graphic Novels*


The relationship between women and the comics industry is contested perhaps
now more than ever before. Fresh conflicts in mainstream presses reveal
lingering aversions to women creators, and fan-reactions to reboots
demonstrate similar dis-ease with “non-canonical” re-imaginings of female
characters. Far from being novel, these tensions are rooted in the very
history of western comics. From the Golden Age, women were erased or
marginalized in comics through, for instance, the use of “gender-neutral”
monikers. Female characters were aesthetically constructed to meet and
satisfy the male gaze and overwhelmingly, their narratives were penned by
male authors. Women readers of comics were historically “pandered to” with
romance comics but were otherwise ignored as a target audience. Even within
the medium of graphic novels, where women’s work has arguably been more
visible, women creators are being erased by industry-standard events like
the Angoulême Festival. Here, as in other areas of popular culture, women
are treated in very Aristotelian ways—at best, they are deemed to be
monstrous derivatives of men, and at worst, they are simply monsters for
daring to enter what has been overwhelmingly characterized as man’s domain.
>From a feminist perspective, there is ample room for critique of the ways
in which women in comics are made into monsters, but now we want to ask if
that is all there is? Must a theoretical investigation of monstrous women
in comics be limited to surveys of marginalization and erasure?

Building on the work of postmodern scholars like Donna Haraway, and
following from recent iterations of Monster Studies, we seek to critically
engage with, and re-evaluate, monstrous women in comics. For Haraway, the
figure of the monster is one who simultaneously illuminates and threatens
boundaries; the monster is a creature who resides in borderlands and
embodies transgression; she is the imbrication of text, myth, body, nature
and the political—she is neither “self” nor “other.” To be deemed monstrous
is to be situated in the margins, to be placed outside, and yet the monster
is one who always threatens those margins, who promises to leak into and
over. Constructively engaging with the monstrous can ultimately lead us
into an “imagined elsewhere,” the monster can be full of promises.
Therefore, we are seeking interdisciplinary examinations of monstrous women
in comics not only in order to critically question and contest normative
boundaries, but also to begin to imagine how the relationship between women
and comics might be otherwise.

We invite all interested participants to join us in thinking about
monstrous women in comics across genres: papers may engage with historical
studies of women in comics, mainstream comics, graphic novels, indie
comics, religious comics, or web comics. Paper proposals, in the form of
250-word abstracts, may also address—but are not limited to—any of the
following topics:

-The monstrosity of (early) women creators

-Romance comics and “girl comics” as monstrous

-Female characters as monstrous derivatives of male superheroes

-Women characters/creators/readers as monstrous because of their sexuality,
corporeality, race, religion, or (dis)ability

-Monstrous female characters as manifestations of patriarchal

-Monsters who are female

-Female characters who transgress human/inhuman boundaries

-Women readers/fans as monsters

-Women fan/creator collectives as transgressive & monstrous

-Maternity and monstrosity

-Indie & web comics as monstrous

-Monstrous feminism & comics

In order to further emphasize the fruitfulness of transgressing boundaries
and engaging with the monstrous, this conference also seeks to leak over
the boundaries of academia by inviting women comics creators who would like
to submit their work for a temporary gallery exhibition and/or who would be
interested in tabling the event. All interested creators/vendors should
email a short bio and any relevant links to portfolios or previous works.

Accepted participants will be invited to present their 20-minute papers, or
to exhibit their work, at a two-and-a-half-day interdisciplinary conference
at the University of North Texas in Denton. To submit a paper proposal, or
to express interest in exhibiting/tabling, please send an email to
monstrouswomen@gmail.com with the following information:

·      Name, institutional affiliation, email address

·      250-word abstract (if applicable)

·      Short bio & portfolio links (if applicable)


Dr. Samantha Langsdale


Philosophy & Religion

University of North Texas