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The first year of the MotherNet project is almost over! In the final newsletter of the year 2021 we invite you to find out about the MotherNet activities you might have missed out on.


The year 2021 has brought several awards to our members:
  • Dr. Atėnė Mendelytė (VU) received Rector's Research Award for Junior Scholars
  • Professor Diana Ramašauskaitė (VU) was awarded the Rector’s 2021 Best Lecturer of the Faculty of Medicine Award
  • Dr. Sigrid Schottenius Cullhed (UU) was elected to the Young Academy of Sweden
  • Dr. Moynagh Sullivan (NUIM) was awarded the Irish Research Council Research Ally Prize 2021
Huge congratulations to all of them!

Outreach Events

Maynooth University
Q&A with Claire Lynch, author of “Small: On Motherhoods”, October 18, 2021
The Q&A was led by Dr Julie Rodgers and focused on Claire Lynch’s recently published book which deals with the themes of fertility treatment, queer motherhood and matrescence. Lynch’s text has been described as a ‘dazzling debut’ which takes the reader through the complexities of creating life and treasures and torments of caring for young children.
Discussion “Same-Sex Mothering: A Roundtable Symposium”, on October 19, 2021
This roundtable discussion explored the lived experience of female same-sex couples mothering together in a world that, even now, often cleaves to opposite-sex parenting as the ideal parenting model. The event features a first look at cutting-edge research on same-sex parenting, alongside insights into the cultural, social, and legal dimensions of women mothering together.
Uppsala University
Discussion “Perspectives on pregnancy and motherhood in literature, art, philosophy, and medicine”, on November 26, 2021
Uppsala MotherNet members held an interdisciplinary outreach event at Uppsala University on the subject “ModerSkapande: Perspektiv på graviditet och moderskap” [Eng. “Perspectives on Pregnancy and otherhood”]. Four speakers were invited: Professor of Philosophy Jonna Bornemark (Södertörn University), art historian Ylva Hillström (Moderna Museet/The Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm), poet and writer Helena Granström, and MD Sara Sylvén, psychiatrist at Uppsala University Hospital. To read about the discussion click here.
Vilnius University
Exhibition "Portrait of a (Working) Mother" on December 16, 2021
Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania together with Vilnius University held a discussion on the topic of “Completing the Puzzle: Motherhood, Migration, Career” on the occasion of the International Migrants’ Day and the closing of the exhibition "Portrait of a (Working) Mother" by photographer Marina Cavazza and MotherNet coordinator, Dr. Eglė Kačkutė. To read about the discussion click here.

Other Outreach Activities

On November 18, 2021 the very first MotherNet podcast “Mano vaikai visada liks žalčio vaikais” [Eng. My Children Will Always be the Children of the Grassnake] was released. During the podcasts MotherNet member and associate professor of Vilnius University Faculty of Philosophy, dr. Eglė Šumskienė, talks to MotherNet participants about their research. The first podcast was dedicated to the research of MotherNet members, Dr. Inga Hilbig and Dr. Vitalija Kazlauskienė, and focused on experiences of Lithuanian mothers, who are raising their children in diaspora. You can listen to podcast (in Lithuanian) here or you can watch the recording here.
The MotherNet project now has an official LinkedIn account, please follow and subscribe for more information! The official link is:
Members of the project who have their personal LinkedIn profiles (or are willing to create them) are invited to add MotherNet project as their work experience. This will help both to promote the project and highlight everyone’s involvement in it. If you have any additional questions about this, please contact MotherNet project Manager Jūratė Charenkova:

MotherNet Training Activities

Monthly research colloquiums offer Vilnius University researchers an opportunity to meet, share their research, and engage in discussions on theories and methods, enhance their networking and collaboration and thus the quality of research in both formal and informal way. Eight MotherNet colloquiums have been held at Vilnius University so far. For more information and topics of the colloquiums see here.
Regular classes in Academic English for Vilnius University participants are offered by English teachers, Daniel Bogdanovič and Kristina Kačkuvienė. These classes are geared towards supporting MotherNet researchers in their daily interactions with international colleagues, drafting academic presentations in English and writing for academic purposes.
With the aim to support early-stage researchers (ESR) an ESR Forum was established consisting of the seven ESRs in the network. The ESR forum offers a supportive network and an opportunity to share experiences. Members of this Forum meet Online bi-monthly. For more information and topics of the workshops see here.

Coming up

The Midterm Research Workshop for MotherNet members will be held on 19th-21st January 2022. This workshop will allow the members of the wider network to come together to share initial results of their research projects. It will be informal and will focus on work-in-progress with panels devoted to different topics, where points of convergence between projects and approaches can be identified and explored further. The Midterm Research workshop will also feature round-table discussions with stakeholders, who will have the opportunity to feed into the research as it develops in line with the goals of Engaged Research methodologies. This will present the researchers in the network with opportunities to put into practice the research methodologies that they have learned about in the Summer Schools. They will also offer additional opportunities for networking with external stakeholders. The Midterm Research workshop may also feed into publications, either through providing researchers with a forum to present the initial findings of research that will then be developed into papers or through developing special issues of journals or edited volumes that bring together articles or chapters initially presented at the workshops. The programme for the Midterm Research workshop will be circulated to MotherNet members via email in due course.
We will make every effort to ensure that this workshop goes ahead in-person with the possibility to join as online participant. However, it is entirely possible that for safety reasons and COVID-19 related policies we may have to find alternative ways to hold the workshop.
On June 20-23, 2022 second MotherNet Summer School will take place in Uppsala, Sweden. Follow our social media profiles for more information.

Invitation to submit Papers

We invite you to submit your articles to a journal Social Theory, Empirics, Policy and Practice (STEPP) that is published by Faculty of Philosophy of Vilnius university. STEPP is a high-quality open access peer-reviewed research journal that has been published by Vilnius University for more than 20 years. Since 2016 the Journal has narrowed its focus to social work and social policy, and currently welcomes high quality theoretical and empirical original research papers in these fields.  STEPP is indexed in BASE, C.E.E.O.L., CNKI, CORE, Dimensions, DOAJ, ERIH-PLUS, Google Scholar, HEAL link (Hellenic Academic Libraries Link), Index Copernicus International, JournalTOCs, Lituanistika, Microsoft Academic, QOAM, ROAD, ScienceGate, ScienceOpen, Scilit and in WEB of Science Journal Citation Index from 2020 year. The Journal publishes twice a year in online version.
Click here to submit the manuscript. For more information, please visit the official website of the journal. 
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