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Call For Papers: Grandmothers and Grandmothering: Weaving Creative and Scholarly Perspectives in Honor of Our Women Elders

Call For Papers: Grandmothers and Grandmothering: Weaving Creative and Scholarly Perspectives in Honor of Our Women Elders

Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection entitled: Grandmothers and Grandmothering: Weaving Creative and Scholarly Perspectives in Honor of Our Women Elders (working title).

Editors: Kathy Mantas, PhD and Marion Dumont, PhD
Deadline for Abstracts: Friday, June 3, 2016

This edited collection will bring together essays from a wide range of disciplines and cultural perspectives to explore the textured and complex phenomena of grandmothers and grandmothering. Globally, whether they have been recognized or not, women as grandmothers have played important roles within their families and communities. They are the culture bearers, storytellers, teachers, mentors, and spiritual guides. Today, women are living longer, healthier lives and with greater access to resources than did their predecessors. The purpose of this anthology is to distinguish grandmothers and grandmothering and to highlight their influence on our lives and within our communities. Submissions from artists, academics, grandparents, mothers, fathers, adult children, healthcare practitioners, community workers, and activists are welcome. Creative (e.g., narrative, creative non-fiction, poetry, image-based) and scholarly submissions are encouraged and will be considered.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):
Grandmothers, grandmothering; becoming and being a grandmother; joys and sorrows; choosing not to grandmother; menopause; aging, longevity; mortality; illness, wellness, healing; single grand-parenting; queer and transgender; long distance relationships; blended families; co-grandmothering (e.g., relationship between women who have grandchildren in common); grandmotherless; maternal and paternal; mothering versus grandmothering; primary caregivers; volunteerism; activism; culture bearers, mentors, spiritual guides; veneration or devaluation; cultural norms, values, and attitudes; intercultural experiences, intergenerational impact; simultaneous mothering and grandmothering; adopted grandchildren; foster children; community, extended family, friends; childcare; granddaughters and grandsons; mid-life and later in life; on not becoming a grandmother; self-care and others caring for grandmothers; stories/diaries/letters/reflections; grandmothers in art, literature, film, memoir; elder status; myth, ancestry, heritage and legacies; storytelling as herstory.

Submission Guidelines
Abstracts: 250-word description of the proposed paper, including a working title. Also, please include
a 75-word biography, citizenship details and your full contact information.
Deadline for Abstracts: Friday, June 3, 2016

Full Manuscripts:MLA style, between 15-18 pages, double-spaced. Short stories, narrative works, creative non-fiction, fiction, poetic text, image-based and/or other creative forms are also welcome. Final acceptance of the manuscript for inclusion in the collection rests upon the strength of the submission and fit (with the complete edited collection) of the submission. Contributors are responsible for ensuring that their chapters and/or creative
submissions conform to MLA style.

To Submit: Please direct all submissions and inquiries to Kathy Mantas at and Marion Dumont at

140 Holland St. West, P.O. Box 13022 Bradford, ON, L3Z 2Y5
(tel) 905-775-5215

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