Open Call for Papers - The Procreate Project publication


The wealth of information about motherhood and womenhood these days has become quite overwhelming. It needs to be broken down and presented with more subtlety.
The critical moment of transition from the mainstream to alternative voices has been raised by the Procreate Project publication.
“We propose a different direction – examining unconventional approaches to  motherhood with the porpuse to give all women the freedom to choose which mothers they want to be and sustaining them in this direction.”

We are currently looking for contributors to be part of this online space for publications and explore any knowledge and perspectives on pregnancy, motherhood, art, birth and midwifery, gender, feminism, identities, female representation, patriarchy, traumas, mental health, attachment parenting and education.

Deadline for submissions is the 20th of April. 

The selected papers will be published during the current year in contribution to our online blog. The most representative pieces will be part of a special, in print , publication launching in September 2017 to celebrate the 3 years activity of the Procreate Project and its members.


Send papers and any related image to  

Any type of writing welcome: Academic/Poetry/Prose

Max length: 2 A4 pages

“Foto credits: Leticia Valverdes – BirthMarks project”

Procreate Project, Launch and Exhibition - Call for mother-artists



ProCreate Project is due to launch at the Women´s Art Library/Make at Goldsmiths College, University of London, on Tuesday the 15th of December 2015.

Exhibition | Visual Poetry | Talks | Presentations

The Launch Event for Procreate Project: An empowering event celebrating the art of motherhood, featuring over 100 Mother-Artists. The exhibition will be accompanied by an innovative art-studio model presentation and by a panel discussion on subjects including art and maternity, from an artistic, academic and neurobiological standpoint.

The challenge of the exhibition is to display an unrestricted number of internationally submitted artworks, creating a site specific installation that manages to showcase all of the contributing artists. The installation consists of a collection of photozines, which can either document or translate the artists’ works into the book format. Thus allowing the display of performances and visual artists alike. The installation draws upon the context in which it will be shown – The Women’s Art Library –at the same time as creating an alternative archive for Procreate Project.  Therefore, the audience is invited to read and interact with it as with a growing, living archive.


Artists, academics, curators and researchers; an open conversation to expand the knowledge on the topic of motherhood, birth, femininity and women in the arts.
We would like to explore further this deeply changing experience and how, by challenges, this reflects on the artist' work; how it can make it some how richer, braver. 
To overcome the misunderstanding of this process, we will be offering solutions while giving examples of extraordinary motherhood activities and art/hard - works for a more positive future and more space for women in the arts.

2.45 pm Welcome and introduction from founder, Dyana Gravina
3.00 pm Presentation of photozine installation by Lara Gonzalez (artist, researcher) 
3:15 pm Elena Marchevska (interdisciplinary artist, researcher, organiser of Motherhood and Creative Practice 
Conference 2015)
3:30 pm Video talk by Ana Alvarez Arreclade (visual artist)
3:45 pm Elisa Terren (actress)
4:00 pm Anna Ehnold Danailov (theatre director, artistic director of Prams in the Hall, co-founder of Parents in Performing Arts Campaign)
4.15pm Lecture performance by Mila Oshin, (artist, writer, the Project After Birth founder and curator)
4:30 pm Break
4:45pm Matilda Layser, (multidisciplinary artist, writer, founder of Mothers Who Make)
5.00 pm Ivana Bartoletti(chair of the Favian Women’s Network, founder Fabiana magazine)
5:15 pm Rose Gibbs (artist, writer, feminist activist, curator of The Reproduction of Motherhood)
5:30 pm Martina Mullaney(artist, researcher, founder of Enemies of Good Art)
6.00 pm Louiza Polyzogopoulou, Simbiosi Architects (creator of the Procreate Project Art studio/crèche 3D model
Free admission hours – from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Talks: 4pm to 6pm
Watch this space to know more about the full programme!
More about the Installation:

The model is taken from the project Made and published (by artist Lara Gonzalez), which works with the Hybrid book format. The Hybrid book format, it is digital and material, can be read on-line and they can be download from a PDF format and bound. It is presented with binding instructions, which allows the reader to engage with the structure of the downloaded and printed book. So, the audience invests time rather than money if they want to engage with the physical form of the book.

Moreover, they can be shared, distributed through social networks, downloaded in multiples and displayed, to be taken away. It acknowledges the possibility to disturb the commercial flow of both publishing and art practise; it is a democratic publishing method that can be made (and published) by all.

Any art form welcome!
Submission deadline December 1st, 2015
Please include:
– 1 to 8 images (high resolution jpg)
– text/statement in support of the art (up to 250 words)
– link to your website/blog

This is a free of charge opportunity. However any donation is welcome and it will ensure further support and space for mothers (-to-be) – artists and to further Procreate Project’s development.


More about Procreate Project:
ProCreate Project is a platform aiming to provide practical help and financial support for artists, enabling them to continue producing work during
We aim to help artists build and combine their new existence as mothers with their practice.


– Build a platform that can provide practical help and financial support for artists and help artists build and combine their existence as mothers with their practice.
– Connect artists with the forefront of creative business, creating networks and links with relevant movements, scenes and diverse niche groups.
– Support, showcase and promote artist’s projects through on and off line events, activities and campaigns.
– Develop communities that encourage open discussions between mother-artists and audience.
– Provide space, facilities and drop-in childcare services to enable creative development.


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JourMs, Call for papers

The Journal of Mother Studies was founded as a thesis project by Martha Joy Rose at CUNY, The Graduate Center (2015).  The journal publishes interdisciplinary scholarship on mothers, mothering, and motherhood as broadly construed.

Call for Papers begins Sept. 1, 2015

Interpreting a Theory of M/otherness: Exploring and Defining Mother Studies in the Academy: Mother Studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines m/other (“me” and “otherness”) interpretations and experiences of procreation, caregiving, and relational theory as navigated within social and cultural constructions. How shall we identify and define this new and emerging field of Mother Studies? What are its key elements, and how do different disciplines organize themselves in and around the notion of m/otherness; the connected and disconnected state? What would do theories of m/otherness look like? If you are already teaching motherhood or mothering, from what perspective or discipline do you approach the work? Why should Mother Studies be its own discipline and what theories define it? For example, is Mother Studies the logical stepchild of Gender and Sexuality Studies, and is m/otherness a state we can all recognize and expand upon? In this issue we hope to examine three new specific ideas: jourms_april_2015

  1. Mother and Father Studies; what are they, and how do we define, theorize, and teach them? How would an academic journal contribute to the canons of the field, thus solidifying them as their own unique and important disciplines?
  2. M/otherness; the notion of relationship. The mother status particularly and father status peripherally are always in relationship to self and other within a variety of circumstances. This is determined by the making/dividing, connection/disconnection status of procreation, adoption, surrogacy and caregiving, and its long-term transformational nature.
  3. Motheristing; a perspective inspired by “feminist” notions and the website “feministing.” What is the language specific to m/motherness (see * below for a more detailed explanation of m/otherness, or otherness as it relates to procreators)?

Anyone may submit a paper but articles must be of a scholarly nature, and should be 15-20 pages (maximum 4,000 words) including references. Many of our authors are published writers with popular books. Journalistic papers are encouraged. We value intellectual accessibility as much as we value research and rigor. JourMS aims to cultivate a wide readership with authors who can relay meaningful information, while addressing important issues, in order to establish JourMS as the preeminent contributor of content in the field of Mother Studies. All text should be in APA style and submitted in Word Doc. Submissions accepted by SocMS members or students enrolled in Mother Studies classes within the last 6 months please. You must be a member to submit.