Mother Antihero: Reports from a 21st Century Field

Mother Antihero: Reports from a 21st Century Field

Amber Benezra (New York University)
Hanna Garth (UC San Diego)
Ann Kelly (King’s College London)
Tina Harris (University of Amsterdam)
Dana Powell (Appalachian State University)
Emilia Sanabria (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon)
Megan Carney (University of Arizona)
Cari Maes (Oregon State University)
Daisy Deomampo (Fordham University)
Jessica Hardin (Pacific University)
Olga Soodi (University of Amsterdam)
Laurie Willis (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
Rosario García Meza (Universidad Rafael Landívar Quetzaltenango)
Clare Chandler (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
Emily Yates-Doerr (Oregon State University/University of Amsterdam)

This panel discusses how the fieldworker–mother is transforming anthropology. We seek to displace the lone, “savior” anthropologist; instead our future is one of partially-connected bodies. From miscarriage to morning sickness, families in the field or left behind, we address how mothering (obligatory, reviled, cherished) shapes the content of anthropological knowledge. Since heteronormative academic structures are not ready for us, we consider strategic silences, the physical and emotional tolls we tolerate, and how our collective displacements may be the force we need to move forward.

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