Representing Single Parents in the Twenty-First Century: Film, Literature, Media

  • Date:
  • Location: Centrum för genusvetenskap
  • Lecturer: Helena Wahlström Henriksson, Disa Bergnehr, Jenny Bonnevier, Berit Åström, Atėnė Mendelytė, Billy Errington, Forum Mithani, Ulrika Widding, Per Westerlund, Cheryl O’Byrne
  • Organiser: Centre for Gender Research
  • Contact person: Helena Wahlström Henriksson
  • Sammanträde

Symposium on representations of single parents in film, literature and other media. The symposium forms part of the RJ-funded research project "Single parents in Swedish media", led by Helena Wahlström Henriksson (Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University), together with Disa Bergnehr (Linneaus University).

The programme includes the following presentations: 


Single parents in Swedish Media: Representations of “Lone” Parenthood 2010-2020
Helena Wahlström Henriksson (Uppsala University) and Disa Bergnehr (Linneus University)

Who can be Single? A Reflection on Single Parenthood in More-than-Human Contexts
Jenny Bonnevier (Örebro University)

Regulating single mothers raising sons: an intersectional analysis of American advice books
Berit Åström (Umeå University)

The Affective Economy of Single Motherhood in Lina Lužytė’s The Castle (2020)
Atėnė Mendelytė (Vilnius University)

Single Mothers in Québécois Cinema: A Case Study of Sexuality, Grief & Solitude
Billy Errington (Durham University)

Maternal Fantasies and Gender Conflicts: Narratives of Single Motherhood in the Japanese Media
Forum Mithani (Cardiff University)



DILF or Ditched? Representations of the ‘Single Father’ in Swedish Internet-based Forum Discussions
Ulrika Widding (Umeå University)

From Foster Child to Single Mothers: Representations of single parents in Swedish public service television from the 1970s until today
Per Westerlund (Gävle University)

Representing the single mother in Mother & I: An Australian perspective of matriographical power, ethics and politics
Cheryl O’Byrne (University of Sidney)


If you wish to attend this symposium, please contact Helena Wahlström Henriksson.

Read more about the research project Single parents in Swedish media: Representations of 'lone' parenthood 2010-2020.

Illustration: Linnea Blixt

Last modified: 2021-07-05