Mothering Bodies in Unloving Institutions

  • Louise Gwenneth PhillipsEmail author
  • Helen Johnson
  • Sarah Misra
  • Agli Zavros-Orr
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)


Four mothers in academia collaboratively story their lived encounters, bringing differing identities, circumstances and experiences of collective exhaustion. They do this by creatively writing lived experiences, sharing these with each other, holding and feeling these lived encounters over time then creatively responding back with gifted crafted words and imagery. Reflection on these gifts and how they bring new insight to lived experiences create collated multi-vocal biographies. Through their collective arts-based poetic and visual inquiry, they see reflections and diffractions in each other’s lived stories that metaphorically provoke understandings of the pain swept into the unforgiving corners of cold, unloving universities. This work is creative resistance: to write from the body gives pearls of pleasure and joy in unloving institutions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Louise Gwenneth Phillips
    • 1
    Email author
  • Helen Johnson
    • 2
  • Sarah Misra
    • 3
  • Agli Zavros-Orr
    • 4
  1. 1.James Cook UniversitySingapore
  2. 2.University of BrightonBrightonUK
  3. 3.Staffordshire UniversityStoke-on-TrentUK
  4. 4.Independent AcademicMelbourneAustralia

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