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MotherNet training Activities

Six MotherNet Research Seminars have been held at Vilnius University so far on the following topics: 
  • Infanticidas ir atsikratymas vaikais sovietmečio Lietuvoje // Infanticide and abandonment of children in Soviet Lithuania (Ieva Balčiūnė)
  • Bevaikystė: moterų sprendimai // Childlessness: decisions of women (Lina Šumskaitė)
  • Still Waters Run Deep: The Invisible Life of Working Mothers with Disabilities in Lithuania (Ciara Bradley, Violeta Gevogianienė, Eglė Šumskienė)
  • Eglė – žalčių karalienė: “Mano vaikai visada liks žalčio vaikais” // Eglė Queen of Snakes: “My Children Will Always be the Children of the Grassnake” (Inga Hilbig, Vitalija Kazlauskienė)
  • The Silence of the Mothers (Eglė Kačkutė)
  • The first meeting was dedicated to introductions and networking
VU organises regular classes in Academic English for Vilnius University participants. These classes are targeted towards preparing academic presentations in English (to support the researchers to present at international conferences) and writing for academic purposes (to support the researchers to prepare articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals).

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.
The fourth meeting will be held on October 22nd in the form of a workshop on opportunities for PhD students after getting their degree: how can one prepare oneself for post-doc life? What is important to think about as preparation? What is the advice from the respective universities about career planning, research funding, teaching, publishing strategies and collaboration?

Coming up:

On November 26th our colleagues from Uppsala University plan to have a discussion “Perspectives on pregnancy and motherhood”.  Researcher in philosophy Jonna Bornemark, one in Art History Ylva Hillström and the poet Helena Granström will join in for a conversation on the topic.
More on event here (in Swedish).
The Midterm Research Workshop 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 advertised on the project website and via social media.


The MotherNet project now has an official LinkedIn account, please follow and subscribe for more information!
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 highlight the project and everyone’s involvement in it. If you have any additional questions about this, please contact MotheNet project Manager Jūratė Charenkova:

New Members

Greta Skubiejūtė has graduated from her PhD studies at Vilnius University and has therefore officially left the MotherNet project. We hope to see Greta at MotherNet events and continue to work with her in other settings. It was lovely to have her with us and we wish her every luck with the submission of the PhD thesis and the viva.
Please welcome a new MotherNet member, Ieva Balčiūnė, a PhD candidate in history working on abandonment of children in Soviet Lithuania. More about her research topic on our website.

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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