Conference Agenda

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Session Overview
Date: Tuesday, 23/Jan/2024
10:00am
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1:00pm
ESR Symposium
Location: Room 92 (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5.)
Chair: Rūta Morkūnienė
10:00am
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11:00am
Virtual session I
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Chair: Jennifer Redmond

ZOOM link:
https://fsf-vu-lt.zoom.us/j/85353671370?pwd=6agum30Z1obeMx7aXPQqV61LcFenuQ.1

Meeting ID: 853 5367 1370
Passcode: 217889

 
10:00am - 10:15am

Native Mothers, Colonial State and the Dreams of Nation-building: Legislating Maternity Benefits in Late Colonial India

Prarthana Dutta

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India



10:15am - 10:30am

Hybrid Citizenship Of Migrant Mothers In Sweden: When Real Life Meets Ideological Expectations

Soheyla Yazdanpanah

Södertörn University, Sweden



10:30am - 10:45am

“Suddenly They Are Grown Up, Move Out And You Ask Yourself: What Now?”. A Life Course Perspective On Motherhood

Marie-Kristin Döbler

University of Tübingen, Germany

11:00am
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11:10am
Break
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
11:10am
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12:10pm
Virtual session II
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Chair: Elina Nilsson

ZOOM link: https://fsf-vu-lt.zoom.us/j/85353671370?pwd=6agum30Z1obeMx7aXPQqV61LcFenuQ.1

Meeting ID: 853 5367 1370
Passcode: 217889

 
11:10am - 11:25am

Another Burden For Mothers, One Less Responsibility for Governments: How The Press in Brazil, The United States and UK Portrays Maternal Burnout

Mariana Della Barba

PUC-SP Brazil (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo), Brazil



11:25am - 11:40am

Muslim Mothering

Sofia Ahmed

York university, Canada



11:40am - 11:55am

A New Motherhood: Does Surrogacy End Or Reinforce Patriarchy?

Elisa Baiocco

Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

1:00pm
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6:00pm
Registration
Location: Lobby of Auditorium Aula Parva (Main university building, Universiteto str. 3)
2:00pm
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2:30pm
Opening session
Location: Auditorium Aula Parva (Main university building, Universiteto str. 3)

Welcome by:

  • Rector of Vilnius University, Professor Rimvydas Petrauskas 
  • Pro-Rector for Organizational Development and Community Affairs at Vilnius University,  Professor Vilmantė Pakalniškienė 
  • Dean of the Faculty of Philology of Vilnius University, Professor Mindaugas Kvietkauskas
2:30pm
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4:00pm
Keynote I: Professor Pragya Agarwal "The Otherhood in Motherhood: From the Margins of Motherhood"
Location: Auditorium Aula Parva (Main university building, Universiteto str. 3)
Chair: Julie Rodgers
4:00pm
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4:30pm
Coffee break
Location: Lobby of Auditorium Aula Parva (Main university building, Universiteto str. 3)
4:30pm
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4:45pm
Walk to Faculty of Philology (Universiteto str. 5)
4:45pm
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6:15pm
Parallel session 1: Theories of Motherhood
Location: Auditorium Aula Parva (Main university building, Universiteto str. 3)
Chair: Andrea O'Reilly
 
4:45pm - 5:00pm

"I Turned My Pen Inward to Map the Shifting Tectonic Plates of My Life": Matricentric Feminism in Recent Graphic Memoirs

Carolina Toscano

Saint Louis University (Madrid Campus), Spain



5:00pm - 5:15pm

Narratives of Motherhood: Georges de Peyrebrune's Victoire la Rouge as a Counterpoint to Natalist Ideals

Marie Martine

University of Oxford, United Kingdom



5:15pm - 5:30pm

Experience and Exploration: Mother Anyway and MotherNet

Margaretha Fahlgren, Anna Williams

Uppsala University, Sweden



5:30pm - 5:45pm

"To Change the World, We Must First Change the Way the Babies Are Being Born": Differences and Similarities Within Childbirth Activism in Europe

Dulce Morgado Neves

CIES-Iscte, Portugal

Parallel session 2: Transgressive Motherhood
Location: Room A7 (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: Loic Bourdeau
 
4:45pm - 5:00pm

The Never Good Enough Mother: Escaping Motherhood in Two Contemporary Novels

Lori Arnold

University of Houston Clear Lake, United States of America



5:00pm - 5:15pm

Of Mice And Women: Feral Motherhood In David Huebert’s “Cruelty”

Rūta Šlapkauskaitė

Vilnius University, Lithuania



5:15pm - 5:30pm

The Monstrous Mother: Media and Artistic Representation in French and Francophone Culture

Julie Rodgers1, Vitalija Kazlauskiene2

1: Maynooth University; 2: Vilnius University



5:30pm - 5:45pm

“We Are Seriously Two Equals”: Lesbian Mothers-To-Be Reason About In/Equalities And Sharing Motherhood In Sweden

Madeleine Eriksson Kirsch

Stockholm University, Sweden

Parallel session 3: Motherhood and Media I
Location: Room 122 (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: Atėnė Mendelytė
 
4:45pm - 5:00pm

Alt-Maternalism: Exploring Expressions of (White) Maternal Power in Digital Influencer Cultures

Ashley Ann Mattheis

Dublin City University, Ireland



5:00pm - 5:15pm

Mum, Work in IT ! How to Enter The Game And Not Fall Out Of It

Agnieszka Karoń

Jagiellonian University, Poland



5:15pm - 5:30pm

Mother, Nature: Exploring the Intersection of Motherhood and Nature in Recent Screen Media

Olivia Badoi

Saint Luis University Madrid, Spain



5:30pm - 5:45pm

“I Never Thought About How Much of a Juggle it Would Be”: Motherhood and Work in Contemporary Lithuanian and Irish Creative Industries

Anne O' Brien1, Sarah Arnold1, Jelena Šalaj2, Lina Kaminskaite3

1: Maynooth University, Ireland; 2: Vilnius University, Lithuania; 3: Department of History and Theory of Art, LMTA in Lithuania.

Parallel session 4: Motherhood and Literature I
Location: Room A9 (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: María Sebastià-Sáez
 
4:45pm - 5:00pm

The Ethics of Motherhood in Plutarch's Parallel Lives: Gender, Virtue, and Exemplary Culture in Ancient Greece and Rome

Sigrid Schottenius Cullhed1, Nijolė Juchnevičienė2

1: Uppsala University, Sweden; 2: Vilnius University, Lithuania



5:00pm - 5:15pm

Motherhood In The Work Of Marie NDiaye: Modernising Medea and Madonna

Pauline Eaton

Independent, United Kingdom



5:15pm - 5:30pm

Vulnerability and Interdependence: Matrifocal Narratives in Contemporary Latvian Literature

Zita Kārkla

Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of University of Latvia, Latvia



5:30pm - 5:45pm

Motherhood and the Transactional Body in the Modern Romanian Novel

Ioana Moroșan

University of Bucharest, Romania

6:30pm
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8:00pm
Welcome reception
Location: MO Bistro at MO Museum (Pylimo str. 17)
Date: Wednesday, 24/Jan/2024
8:30am
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2:00pm
Registration
Location: Lobby of Auditorium Krėvės (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
9:00am
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10:30am
Parallel session 5: Motherhood and Health Sciences
Location: Auditorium Krėvės (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: Rūta Morkūnienė
 
9:00am - 9:15am

Words Fail: Textual Encounters with Ob/Gyn Violence

Loic Bourdeau

Maynooth University, Ireland



9:15am - 9:30am

Women’s Birth Narratives in the Hungarian Obstetric Care. Introduction to a Qualitative Study

Orsolya Udvari

Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary



9:30am - 9:45am

Pavee Mothering during Covid-19

Ciara Bradley

Maynooth University, Ireland



9:45am - 10:00am

Transfiguring ‘Negative Spaces’: Encounters With Motherhood In Contexts Of Loss And Absence

Claire Flahavan

National Maternity Hospital, Ireland

Parallel session 6: When Real Moms Confront the "Ideal Mother": Maternal Resistance and Maternal Realities in Denmark, Russia and Lithuania
Location: Room A7 (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: Ieva Bisigirskaitė
 
9:00am - 9:20am

Mothers’ Resistance Against ”Traditional Values” And The Russian War On Ukraine

Yulia Gradskova

Södertörn University, Sweden



9:20am - 9:40am

Mothers We Care For And Mothers We Care About: Maternal Activism In Lithuania

Ieva Bisigirskaitė

Vilnius University, Lithuania

Parallel session 7: Motherhood and Marginality
Location: Room 122 (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: Pragya Agarwal
 
9:00am - 9:20am

Reframing Violence Against Women as Violence Against Motherhood and Mothering

Jolanta Malažinskienė

Vilnius University, Lithuania



9:20am - 9:40am

Solo Motherhood By Choice – Literature and Policy

Christie Louise Margrave

University of East Anglia, United Kingdom



9:40am - 10:00am

The Official Discourse and Social Construction of Motherhood and the Irish Workhouse System of the Late-Nineteenth-Century.

Judy Bolger

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Parallel session 8: Roundtable: Negotiating Non-motherhood
Location: Room A9 (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: Julie Rodgers
 
9:00am - 9:10am

Reclaiming Non-Motherhood: Representations of Childlessness in Twenty-First-Century Swedish Literature

Jenny Björklund

Uppsala University, Sweden



9:10am - 9:20am

Exploring Non-motherhood in Spanish Graphic Narratives: No quiero ser mamá (Irene Olmo 2020)

Mercedes Carbayo Abengozar

Maynooth University, Ireland



9:20am - 9:30am

Non-Motherhood and Surrogacy in Miguel de Unamuno’s Dos madres

María Sebastià-Sáez

Vilnius University, Lithuania



9:30am - 9:40am

“Je Ne Veux Pas Enfanter Et C’est Mon Droit”: Radical Non-motherhood In Amandine Gay’s Une Poupée en Chocolat (2021)

Jasmine Dee Cooper

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom



9:40am - 9:50am

Non-motherhood – An Alternative ‘Happy Life’? A Qualitative Study of Reproductive Age Women in Lithuania

Lina Šumskaitė

Vilnius University, Lithuania

10:30am
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11:00am
Coffee break
Location: Lobby of Auditorium Krėvės (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
11:00am
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12:20pm
Keynote II: Professor Valerie Heffernan "Representing Maternal Regret"
Location: Auditorium Krėvės (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: Eglė Šumskienė
12:20pm
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12:30pm
Margaretha Fahlgren "Mothernet Mentoring programme"
Location: Auditorium Krėvės (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
12:30pm
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2:00pm
Lunch
Location: Lobby of Auditorium Krėvės (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
2:00pm
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3:30pm
Parallel session 9: Oppressive Motherhood
Location: Auditorium Krėvės (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: Ieva Bisigirskaitė
 
2:00pm - 2:15pm

Why the Ideology of Intensive Mothering is Oppressive?

Živilė Oertelė

Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences, Lithuania



2:15pm - 2:30pm

Many Faces of Intensive Motherhood: Mothering Practices and Ideologies of Czech Mothers

Hana Hašková, Radka Dudová

Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic



2:30pm - 2:45pm

The Adverse Impact of the Lithuanian Motherhood Script on Migrant Mothers’ Well-being and Harmonious Bilingualism

Inga Hilbig, Eglė Kačkutė, Vitalija Kazlauskienė

Vilnius University, Lithuania



2:45pm - 3:00pm

Motherhood Under Attack: How The Archetype Of The ‘Good Mother’ Shapes Responses To Child-To-Mother Abuse

Laura Louise Rite

University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Parallel session 10: Maternal Utopias and Dystopias
Location: Room A7 (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: Rūta Šlapkauskaitė
 
2:00pm - 2:20pm

Imagining motherhood in a post-apocalyptic world: reifying and resisting normative motherhood in the climate-change novels Clean Air by Sarah Blake and The New Wilderness by Diane Cook

Andrea O'Reilly

York University, Canada



2:20pm - 2:40pm

"Performing (M)others - The Performative Potential to Queer the Socially Idealized Image of the Mother"

Linda Luv

University of Arts Linz, Austria



2:40pm - 3:00pm

The Modern Mother Is A Superwoman. Complex Definitions And Conflicting Norms Of Good Motherhood In Belgium

Laëtitia Marie Dominique Bideau

University of Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium

Parallel session 11: Motherhood and Mental Health
Location: Room 122 (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: Ciara Bradley
 
2:00pm - 2:15pm

Spectral Mothers and Daughters of Contemporary Trauma Fiction

Daniela Johanna Lillhannus

Uppsala University, Sweden



2:15pm - 2:30pm

Experiences of Mothers of Preterm Babies from the Medical Humanities Perspective: Presentation of the Study Design

Rūta Morkūnienė1, Diana Ramašauskaitė2, Atėnė Mendelytė3

1: Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Lithuania; 2: Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Lithuania; 3: Faculty of Philology, Vilnius University, Lithuania



2:30pm - 2:45pm

Solomon Judges Medea: Experiences Of Mothers with Intellectual Disabilities Whose Children Were Removed

Eglė Šumskienė, Violeta Gevorgianienė

Vilnius University, Lithuania



2:45pm - 3:00pm

Exploring Feminist Mothering Through The Phenomenological Reflections Of Urban Indian Mothers

Ketoki Mazumdar

FLAME University, India

Parallel session 12: Depictions of Motherhood in Contemporary French Literature: Ethics and Poetics
Location: Room A9 (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: Dovilė Kuzminskaitė
 
2:00pm - 2:20pm

Socially Distributed Cognition and the Ethics of Motherhood in Contemporary French Autotheory: Shumona Sinha and Vanessa Springora

Diana Mistreanu

University of Passau, Germany



2:20pm - 2:40pm

Writings on the Self in Movement: Mothers De(con)structed in Nelly Arcan’s, Sophie Calle’s and Emma Marsante’s Works

Vera Gajiu

University of Torino



2:40pm - 3:00pm

There is No Such Thing as Maternal Instinct: Unwanted Pregnancy, Abandonment and Alienation in Fatou Diome’s The Belly of the Atlantic and Sedi Adeniran’s Imagine This

Aminat Emma Badmus

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

3:30pm
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4:00pm
Coffee break
Location: Lobby of Auditorium Krėvės (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
4:00pm
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5:30pm
Keynote III: Lucy Jones "Matrescence & Matroecology"
Location: Auditorium Krėvės (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: Jenny Björklund
7:00pm
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9:00pm
Conference dinner
Location: Restaurant "Trinity" (Vilniaus str. 30)
Date: Thursday, 25/Jan/2024
9:00am
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2:00pm
Registration
Location: Lobby of Auditorium Krėvės (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
9:30am
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11:00am
Parallel session 13: Motherhood and Time
Location: Auditorium Krėvės (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: Diana Ramašauskaitė
 
9:30am - 9:50am

Motherhood in the Light of the Portuguese Revolution: Reflections on an Ongoing Project

Dulce Morgado Neves1, Ana Rita Monteiro2, Tatiana Matos3

1: CIES-Iscte; 2: CIES-Iscte; 3: CIES-Iscte



9:50am - 10:10am

A Hidden Wound: Women's Perceptions and Experiences of Abortion in Soviet Lithuania, 1950s-1970s

Agnė Pakšytė

University of Oxford, United Kingdom



10:10am - 10:30am

The Changing Profile of Single Mothers at Childbirth in Belgium: Exploring the Role of Socioeconomic Characteristics and Proximity to Parents

Denise Musni, Christine Schnor

Center for Demographic Research - University of Louvain, Belgium

Parallel session 14: Motherhood and Creativity
Location: Room A7 (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: Mercedes Carbayo Abengozar
 
9:30am - 9:50am

Addressing History through Maternal Experience: Healing Transgenerational Trauma in Joanna Rajkowska’s Born in Berlin and A Letter to Rosa

Justyna Wierzchowska

University of Warsaw, Poland



9:50am - 10:10am

Affective Materialities: Representation of Birth in Contemporary Art in Latvia

Jana Kukaine

Riga Stradins University, Latvia



10:10am - 10:30am

Sketching the unknown: Pregnancy ambivalence illustrated in Maternasis (1967) and Ninja Baby (2021)

Dovilė Kuzminskaitė1, Maja Bodin2

1: Vilnius University, Lithuania; 2: Uppsala University, Sweden

Parallel session 15: Maternal Experiences and Representations
Location: Room 122 (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: Violeta Gevorgianienė
 
9:30am - 9:45am

Mothers in Family Memories of the Difficult Past

Liucija Vervečkienė

Vilnius University, Lithuania



9:45am - 10:00am

Ignoring Breastfeeding: The Iconographic Confusion of the 16th Century and its Modern Reminiscences

Tomas Riklius

Vilnius University, Lithuania



10:00am - 10:15am

Each of Us Must Decide—A Wizard or a Mother: Non-Motherhood, Agency, and Identity in Contemporary Fantasy Fiction

Agnieszka Agata Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska

Jagiellonian University, Poland



10:15am - 10:30am

Failing Mother Ireland: Alternative Representations of Motherhood in Ireland

EL Putnam

Maynooth University, Ireland

Parallel session 16: Motherhood in Literature II
Location: Room A9 (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: Lisa Matilda Grahn
 
9:30am - 9:45am

“Do you think Mammy’s alright?”- A interdisciplinary exploration of themes of Irish Motherhood in Anne Enright’s The Green Road.

Roisin Therese Freeney, Orlagh Woods

Maynooth University, Ireland



9:45am - 10:00am

Pregnant Horror and Evil Babies: A Comparative Reading of Doris Lessing and Naomi Booth

Ida Aaskov Dolmer

University of Southern Denmark, Denmark



10:00am - 10:15am

Rewriting the Myth: Costanza Casati “Clytemnestra”

Dina Eiduka

University of Latvia, Latvia



10:15am - 10:30am

Mothers On the Poetic Map of Vilnius

Inga Vidugirytė-Pakerienė

Vilnius University, Lithuania

11:00am
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11:30am
Coffee break
Location: Lobby of Auditorium Krėvės (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
11:30am
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12:30pm
Keynote IV: Eglė Kačkutė "Vilnius University Motherhood Studies in Europe: Present and Future"
Location: Auditorium Krėvės (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: Valerie Heffernan
12:30pm
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1:30pm
Lunch
Location: Lobby of Auditorium Krėvės (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
1:30pm
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3:00pm
Parallel session 17: Mothers in Workplace
Location: Auditorium Krėvės (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: Anne O' Brien
 
1:30pm - 1:45pm

Unpacking the Career Narratives of Skilled Migrant Mothers

Marian Crowley-Henry

Maynooth University, Ireland



1:45pm - 2:00pm

Working Mothers: How Does Working Environment Disempower Young Mothers to Reach Work-Life Balance?

Vilana Pilinkaitė Sotirovič

Lithuanian Centre for Social Research, Lithuania



2:00pm - 2:15pm

"What a Cliché, Right?" Insights from Mothers Opting for Part-time Employment in Germany

Irina Hertel

Europa-Universität Flensburg, Germany



2:15pm - 2:30pm

Lithuanian Social Policy after Childbirth: mothers' experiences

Daiva Skučienė

Vilnius University, Lithuania

Parallel session 18: Motherhood and Media II
Location: Room A7 (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: Valerie Heffernan
 
1:30pm - 1:50pm

Sociolect of Czech mothers on Facebook

Jana Pelclová

Masaryk University, Czech Republic



1:50pm - 2:10pm

We Need to Talk about Motherhood – Breaking the Taboo of Difficult Motherhood in Contemporary Cinema

Emilia Garncarek

University of Lodz, Poland



2:10pm - 2:30pm

Spaces And Times Of Cinematernity In Québécois Cinema

Billy Errington

Durham University, United Kingdom

Parallel session 19: Motherhood in Literature III
Location: Room A9 (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)
Chair: Jenny Björklund
 
1:30pm - 1:45pm

The Trouble With Mothers: Exploring the Psychological Representation of Motherhood in Contemporary Domestic Noir Fiction.

Liz Evans

University of Tasmania, Australia



1:45pm - 2:00pm

The White Space: Narrating the Loss of a Child, Motherhood, and the Liminal Space Between Life and Death

Bianca Rita Cataldi

University College Dublin, Ireland



2:00pm - 2:15pm

Good Mother, Bad Mother: Experience of Motherhood in Teresa Wong’s Dear Scarlet

Athmika Tarun

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India



2:15pm - 2:30pm

Historical Narratives of Motherhood in Swedish Popular Fiction

Lisa Matilda Grahn

Uppsala university, Sweden

 
3:00pm
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4:00pm
Closing session
Location: Auditorium Krėvės (Faculty of Philology, Universiteto st. 5)

 
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