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LSBU conference invites creative practitioners to reflect on contemporary motherhood

Leading cultural analysts, writers and thinkers will gather at LSBU for a two-day conference exploring motherhood and creative practice
28 May 2015

London South Bank University (LSBU)'s School of Arts and Creative Industries is bringing together an international community of contemporary arts practitioners, scholars and students to share their experiences and understanding of modern motherhood at a two-day academic conference.

The Motherhood and Creative Practice conference (1-2 June) welcomes leading feminist art historian Griselda Pollock as discussant, alongside keynote speakers Faith Wilding, Paraguayan American multidisciplinary artist, and Bracha L. Ettinger, Israeli-born artist, philosopher, psychoanalyst and writer.

Motherhood and Creative Practice will examine the meaning of motherhood today and how it is articulated through contemporary artistic practice, bridging scientific, social and artistic perspectives. Highlights of the programme include a panel of creative practitioners discussing the impact of having a child on their careers, with contributions from all-mother theatre collective Prams in the Hall, and an exploration of the social and psychological effects of modern medical intervention on a mother's body, with writers, performers, thinkers and curators.

The conference is also accompanied by an exhibition (Alternative Maternals) curated by artist and writer Laura Gonzalez, which will be on display in LSBU's Digital Gallery from 1-8th June.

Motherhood and Creative Practice is organised by Dr Elena Marchevska, Senior Lecturer, Drama and Performance at LSBU and Professor Valerie Walkerdine, University of Cardiff.

Dr Elena Marchevska commented: "I am delighted to be welcoming a community of academics and creative practitioners across different disciplines to share ideas and experiences of contemporary motherhood at this conference which sits at the cutting edge of creative thinking and practice. It is very exciting to have some of the most significant voices in feminist artistic practice addressing the conference and I hope that the programme will help to further the tradition of research excellence in LSBU's School of Arts and Creative Industries."