Professor Nancy J. Chodorow

University of California, Berkeley

Harvard Medical School Cambridge Health Alliance

Tuesday 16th June, 09.30 (Iontas Lecture Theatre): 
'Mothering through the Ages (of Woman)'

Nancy J Chodorow is Professor Emerita in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance, and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Her curiosity about the inner worlds of women and women's taken-for-granted roles resulted in The Reproduction of Mothering (1978), which spearheaded feminist efforts to reclaim motherhood. In the preface to the 1999 second edition of this foundational work, Professor Chodorow reflects on how her understanding of motherhood has evolved in line with her clinical experience and shifting social attitudes to parenting.  Chodorow's most recent book is Individualizing Gender and Sexuality: Theory and Practice (2012).  Chodorow is in private practice in Cambridge, MA, USA.

Professor Andrea O’Reilly

York University, Toronto
Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI)

Monday 15th June, 09.30 (Iontas Lecture Theatre):
'Ain’t I a Feminist?: Matricentric Feminism, Feminist Mamas, and Why Mothers Need a Feminist Movement/Theory of their Own'

Andrea O’Reilly is Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University, Toronto. She is founder of the first and still only research association, journal and press on motherhood (Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement and Demeter Press) She has edited and contributed to eighteen volumes on motherhood including most recently Mothers, Mothering and Motherhood across Cultural Difference: A Reader (2014) and published two monographs, Toni Morrison and Motherhood: A Politics of the Heart (2004) and Rocking the Cradle: Thoughts on Motherhood, Feminism and The Possibility of Empowered Mothering (2006).