Teaching Mother Studies
Mother Studies is a field of interdisciplinary study devoted to the issues, experiences, topics, history, and culture of mothers, mothering, and motherhood.
This is an introduction to mothers, mothering, and motherhood through a critical lens. This course uses articles, statistics, film, and literature to examine perceptions of mothers throughout history. We will ask what is the social construction of motherhood as well as what is feminist motherhood? Materials highlight representations of mothers in the United States but also include examinations of global traditions, policies, and artistic interpretations of motherhood. So much focus has been placed on children’s development, and maternal health, which is important and vital, however, Mother Studies offers an opportunity to explore the emotional, physical, and representational aspects of procreative and caregiving labor. The class encourages a scholarly approach to the relational status of m/otherness and encourages students to examine their personal experiences as well. The goal of the course is to offer students, mothers, and fathers, youth, caregivers, and mothers-to-be, insight into the evolution of family, while sharing a multitude of perspectives. We analyze and explore motherhood in the private, and the social sphere where mothering is performed. Students who complete the class will receive a certificate from the Museum of Motherhood, ‘Foundations of Mother Studies’.
“I definitely have a more in depth understanding of the multifaceted nature of motherhood: physical, mental, emotional, political, spiritual, global. Very thankful for this course.” ~ a graduate-level clinical psychology student 2013
A Variety of Classes
6-week Foundations of Mother Studies online classes
Lecture – In Search of Herstory or a topic of your choice for your group or institution
Why Mother (and Father) Studies?
Why not? We study so many things in this world. Isn’t it time, with the growing body of literature, increased interest in the field, and individuals teaching courses in motherhood and fatherhood from interdisciplinary perspectives in the university that this topic should emerge as a legitimate field of its own?
There are many universities and courses that focus on child development, maternal health, marriage, family, and other aspects of gender, identity, and literature. The recently formed Journal of Mother Studies aims to bring an American digital humanities journal to the fore. This should be an excellent source of ongoing contributions to the discipline. Participants in the School of MOM are encouraged to craft submissions to both the JourMS and to the Annual Academic MOM Conference.
This course is open to students, scholars, and lay-people interested in the topic of mothering and motherhood, fathering, and fatherhood, as well as family studies.The Museum of Motherhood is not affiliated with any other institution, nor is it accredited by any outside source.