Maternal work from critical supportive bodies
23.01 + 20.02 + 20.03 + 24.04.2021, Workshops
Centro Huarte, Navarre
Time: 11:00 – 13:00h
In collaboration with: Luisa Fuentes Guaza
In order to participate, please reserve here.
Maternal labour • Maternity
Maternal practices or maternal labour (reproductive work) form a territory or continuous life practice that is strictly governed by a whole regulatory system. The legal-health-educational-social/familiar system (consanguineous obligation), shapes how these experiences should be lived by the maternal bodies or supportive bodies once they assume reproductive work as an integrated part of human activities.
It is grounded in strong patriarchal tutelage, or a process of introjected devaluating parternalism, where the basic structures needed and internal processes activated for the development of maternal work in conditions of well-being or healthy living are denied. Entering into a process of legitimising the whitepater-turbocapitalist system’s continuous expropriation of the economic power and structural value generated by such practices.
Maternal work from critical supportive bodies has a double objective:
On the one hand, to identify part of the strategies of control and devaluation supplied by the patriarchal-macho-mess that make it possible to continue without resolving the socio-historical Gordian knot of oppression on maternal bodies. And on the other hand, to let the exercise of feminist self-inquiry reveal emancipatory possibilities to be part of the process to decolonise maternal work, and thereby defuse the wide, extensive, exhausting, enduring, deeply unconscious confusion, which perpetuates the erasure of maternal practices’ true socio-structural dimension, decisive for the continuity of human-animal life.
The programme will consist of five working sessions based on group dynamics of self-inquiry combined with feminist critical thinking, within the scope of three working areas. First area: "Bodies, or everything that accumulates in the bodies, once maternal work is assumed”, corresponds to sessions 1 and 2. The second area "Internal desires or dynamics in maternal practices for depatriarchalisation/decolonisation, is developed in session 3. And the third area "Work or the productive dimension of maternal practices or future reproductive work and public/domestic scaffolding to support the maternal bodies and their offspring in parameters of well-being or healthy living” concerns sessions 4 and 5.
Luisa Fuentes Guaza
Luisa Fuentes Guaza (Lorca, 1979) is an independent researcher and theoretical activist for emancipated, anti-racist and non-colonial maternal work. Founder of the feminist criticism platform, Futuridades Maternales, she also collaborates with the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, the Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-French Foundation, the AECID Cultural Centre Network in Central America, the Fundación Arpa and Maternidades con gafas violetas, among others. She holds a degree in Law, a Master's Degree in Intellectual Property, and PhD third cycle on non-colonised feminisms and Maternal Works at the Autonomous University of Madrid and has been a finalist at the Stays Research Programme from the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. She is coordinator of the critical thinking movement on Maternity or Maternal Works in the Department of Public Activities at the Museo Nacional Centro Arte Reina Sofía from the debate Hacia nuevas maternidades y crianzas: cuerpo, trabajo y deseo (Towards new motherhood and upbringing: body, work and desire) in Voces Situadas 7 (April, 2019), programme of group reflection Critical bodies that gestate and/or support (July/December 2019) and the programme Internal Mobilizations Pulsator on Maternal Works. She currently coordinates the Study Group on Maternity or Maternal Work at the Department of Public Activities MNCARS.