Iamas Conference 2024

Mothering and Motherhood: Past, Present, and Future

June 21-24, 2024
Boston, Massachusetts (USA) AND Online

The 2024 International Association of Maternal Action + Scholarship (IAMAS) conference will be co-hosted with Boston University’s. the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning at the College of General Studies. We invite scholars, writers, artists, and activists to join our examination of mothering and motherhood. Our goal is to name our inheritances, honor our present responsibilities, and orient ourselves towards better worlds. With this intergenerational theme, we invite considerations of time, place, race, gender, sexuality, class, subjectivity, religion, ableism, media, literature, politics, education, and more.

Any research, analysis, art, and/or thought leadership that centers maternal research, matricentric feminism, or motherhood will be considered, and we encourage participants to examine practices and theory that connect to race-based oppression, racial solidarity and allyship, and potential avenues for innovative growth and sustainable community building.

Discussion Topics

IAMAS is devoted to furthering scholarship, activism, and practices of mothering and mothering across all disciplines. Thus, we invite submissions from scholars, activists, and practitioners whose work centers motherhood in multifaceted and interdisciplinary ways.

We also welcome workshops, art, poetry/fiction, interviews, roundtable discussions, and more. While all presentations should be substantive and thoughtful, we believe that knowledge production should not be limited to and by academics. We encourage creativity, engagement, and community building.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Utopian visions of mothering and motherwork

Mothering policies: examples and aspirations

Reclaiming and (un-)learning motherhood

Global/International mothering

The trajectory of motherhood and mothering studies (past, present and future)

Transgenerational perspectives on motherhood and mothering

Media and literary analysis of mothering and motherhood (past, present and future)

Transgenerational perspectives on motherhood and mothering

Economics of motherhood: waged work, universal basic income, neoliberalism, poverty, etc.,

Subversive motherhood/mothering as resistance through time

Mothering and/as activism

Mothering in the academy

Engaging with matricentric feminism

Queering motherhood and mothering

“To destroy the institution is not to abolish motherhood. It is to release the creation and sustenance of life into the same realm of decision, struggle, surprise, imagination, and conscious intelligence, as any other difficult, but freely chosen work.”
― Adrienne Rich,
Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution

Conference Offerings and Inclusive Engagement Opportunities

A few notes to consider before submitting an abstract:

– Individual papers are welcome, but we encourage applicants to propose a three-person panel and/or roundtable discussions in order to encourage more focused and productive group conversation.

– We aim to make rich, bold conversation a key component of our time together. We encourage you to consider HOW you will present your information as well as what you will present. We encourage creativity and showcasing new/successful methods of (online) teaching.

– We hope to collect paper drafts (via Google docs) 10 days before the conference commences.

In addition to panel talks, the conference will include:

An amazing keynote address by Dr. Andrea O’ Reilly

Undergraduate roundtables

The encouragement and support of our amazing action/affinity collectives

Access to our 4th annual MOMA award presentation and reception

Extensive opportunities to network and take part in meaningful mentoring

Opportunities to get involved in IAMAS through voting on next year’s conference theme and engaging with the work of one of our task forces

Time to discuss current events, books, and current and future writing projects

Pricing Details

3-day conference costs are based on a sliding scale. We encourage you to seek funding from your institution or via grants when possible. Limited scholarships are available. More information is online.

Pricing for in-person and virtual attendance is the same.

IAMAS Member Pricing*


$30, 000 USD or less
Annual family income


$30, 000 -$60, 000 USD
Annual family income


$60,000 – $90,000 USD
Annual family income


$90, 000 – $200,000 USD
Annual family income


$200,000+ USD
Annual family income

Non-Member Pricing**


$30, 000 USD or less
Annual family income


$30, 000 -$60, 000 USD
Annual family income


$60,000 – $90,000 USD
Annual family income


$90, 000 – $200,000 USD
Annual family income


$200,000+ USD
Annual family income

*Membership can be purchased separately. Full price is $50/year USD with a student rate of $25/year USD. Membership to IAMAS permits access to two writing retreats (usually one in August and one in January), weekly writing accountability sessions, our reading group, and much more.

** Please note: we encourage you to choose the package that keeps equity at the forefront. If you are underemployed but have access to funding that permits a higher-priced ticket, know that you can very much help keep IAMAS’ scholarship program healthy by contributing more. Similarly, if choosing a ticket that matches your income level negatively impacts you, we encourage you to make a choice that aligns better. Our goal is for everyone who is interested in attending our conferences to be able to do so, but we need everyone to support this model fully for it to work.

Abstracts are due Oct. 15, 2023.



Please fill out the form below to register.

We are thrilled to announce the housing registration is now open! Please sign up here.

Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each room will be approximately $100 USD/night. Rooms will be suite-style, with four rooms attached to a central common room. There will be two bathrooms for each suite and linens are provided.

You may request to share a suite with specific attendees, but these requests cannot be guaranteed. If you do not have a preference, BU will assign roommates. You are welcome to have your child/ren and other family members reserve a room as well. Each registration will be completed separately, and there is family suite pricing. Children under 18 years old must stay in the same suite as you.

Submit Your Proposal

If you have questions about conference pricing, abstract submission, programing, or other related issues, please contact Katie B. Garner at kbgarner@iamas.com.

If you have any questions about the conference venue, location, or Boston University, please contact Lynn O’Brien Hallstein at lhallst@bu.edu.