(Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics)

Welcome to the MaMSIE wiki. MaMSIE is a research network based in the School of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, that aims to focus attention on the maternal in current cultural, political, aesthetic, psychosocial and theoretical configurations. A wiki is a series of editable web pages designed so that anyone who has access can contribute and modify the pages. If you are a member of MaMSIE, please do contribute and modify this site. You could contribute to the discussion board, add your name and affiliation to the 'Members List', post details about relevant events to the 'Related Events' page, and attach scholarly and creative work to the 'Library'. If you have any trouble using the site, please send a message to

About MaMSIE
MaMSIE creates spaces for interdisciplinary conversations about the maternal across different knowledge and practice communities including feminism, psychoanalysis, the social sciences, philosophy, visual and performance art, literature, and creative writing.

MaMSIE aims to open up and sustain critical debates about the maternal, and explore the unique site the maternal occupies at the potent intersection between scientific possibilities, psychosocial practices and cultural representations.

As an interdisciplinary network of scholars, artists and practitioners, MaMSIE is leading a re-consideration of the maternal in contemporary culture and is a unique network in the European context, with an expanding international membership. Based in the School of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, MaMSIE’s activities include:

  • organizing and hosting events such as conferences, symposia, workshops and other forums for discussion;
  • collecting and collating scholarly and aesthetic work on the maternal and stimulating discussion among its members through an interactive online wiki.
  • publishing an online, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Studies in the Maternal.

Events organized by MaMSIE to date include:
March 2007: Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethic, Birkbeck, University of London. This initial workshop drew together 25 key academics, psychoanalysts, artists and writers to establish the network, map points of connection and departure, and generate ideas and themes for future events. The event was funded by the Faculty of Science, Birkbeck.
November 2007: Interrupting Maternal Voices: Between the Theoretical and Empirical, Birkbeck, University of London. This event included a public conference on maternal subjectivities and identities, a workshop for MaMSIE members, and a film-showing followed by discussion with the film-maker. It was co-hosted by the Birkbeck Institute of Social Research.

April 2008: Maternal Representations, Maternal Aesthetics, Jesus College, University of Cambridge. This event focused on maternal representation, and maternal aesthetics, combining workshops, performances, large and small group discussion, academic and artists presentations and a public lecture given by Professor Griselda Pollock. It was co-sponsored by the Birkbeck Institute of Social Research, the Centre for Gender Studies, University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Press.

January 2009: Mum’s the Word: The Maternal in Contemporary Literature, De Montfort University, Leicester. This day-long workshop included readings and debates by poets, novelists, digital writers and academics working on the maternal in contemporary literature. It was co-hosted by De Montfort University.

May 2009: M(o)ther Trouble: An International Conference on Feminism, Psychoanalysis and the Maternal. This is a major international conference planned for 30th and 31st May 2009 at Birkbeck, University of London. It coincides with the opening of an exhibition of paintings at the Freud Museum by the scholar, artist and psychoanalyst, Bracha Ettinger who will be giving a keynote talk, alongside Professor Adriana Cavarero and many other internationally recognized scholars and psychoanalysts. It is co-hosted by Centre CATH, University of Leeds.
MaMSIE is co-founded by Dr. Lisa Baraitser (Birkbeck, University of London) and Sigal Spigel (Centre for Gender Studies, University of Cambridge).
MaMSIE is open to all, and welcomes new members interested in the maternal from scholarly, artistic and practice perspectives. Please contact Dr. Lisa Baraitser for more information (