What is this blog?

This blog is an interdisciplinary platform for research students, early career researchers or more advanced researchers looking to try new ideas. It is linked to MaMSIE (Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics), an online interdisciplinary research network based in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. MaMSIE endeavours to create a space for critical debates about the maternal, and explore the unique site it occupies at the potent intersection between scientific possibilities, psychosocial practices and cultural representations.

Guidelines for contributors to this blog

We are looking for contributions of between 500 and 1,000 words on issues concerned with the maternal from those working across different knowledge and practice communities including, but not limited to:

Gender, Sexuality and Queer Studies
Science and Technology Studies
Visual and Performance Art

We welcome a range of writing styles and formats, and are looking for blog entries that will stimulate lively scholarly debate. Visual medias should be preceded by a short introduction. We encourage submissions from graduate students and hope to create a space where people can try out emerging ideas and respond to current issues surrounding the maternal, whether in current affairs, policy, the arts or academia.

Submission process

Submissions should be sent to, along with a short biography and contact information. Once received, your submission will be sent to two of the reviewers from the editorial collective. If the piece is selected for entry on the blog, it will undergo some light copy-editing and we will also request a photograph of the author to accompany the piece. You will receive an answer within two weeks.

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