This symposium takes as its starting point, the proposition that mothering never exists in isolation and that it must be examined in relation to the contexts in which it takes place. Further, we can learn much about the conditions in which we mother by listening to stories crafted by artists in relation to their maternal experiences. The social, financial, political, and material surroundings in which we find ourselves will always enable or prevent us mothering to the best of our ability, and yet a deficit model has placed care solely as the responsibility of the mother – we offer Contextual Mothering as an alternative approach for looking at care as a social and relational responsibility and for enabling us to hear the voices of those who mother through the performances, stories, and artworks that they share.
Contextual Mothering takes place as part of the Performance and the Maternal project and is made possible by the generous funding of the AHRC. It is convened by Dr Lena Šimić (Edge Hill University), Dr Leah Salter (Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board), and Prof Emily Underwood-Lee (University of South Wales). It forms part of the Storytelling for Health series of events and conferences, and George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling research events programme.https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/contextual-motheringmamau-cyd-destunol-tickets-320627975907?fbclid=IwAR3wlTvL_n0TkdIItclwLPCkf2d0p5puRygO7l_O93joUNSYlEz9QszOn_Q