I met with Shawnta at the GC library. We talked about strategies for journals. I spent the previous Saturday tracking journals and making an excel file. There are about 40 on the list. (See Attached)
Shawnta was very helpful, but I still need to identify exactly what my method for arguing for a Motherhood Studies Journal will be: A literature review of existing journals that deal with mothers? An environmental scan which could include literally thousands of journals? Or, a very specific, in depth examination of exactly what would define us and why a journal like this is important — as you can see, I am still very lost.
I spent the day in the library going through the journal stacks and the evening playing with the website and a definition for “Mother Studies.”
Barbara suggested that I stick to “humanities” which I understand, since after perusing the Society for Sociology Journals I see the distinct methodology they employ when writing their pieces. But, I also want the journal to be “interdisciplinary” enough to include articles by sociologists.
I am DH because I realize that I absolutely cannot work without interacting with my “virtual” program as it shapes itself on the screen. This happens simultaneously as I write the words. The two are totally linked and co-create each other: The theory and the praxis. My brain wants to see the vision as I think it. It must be the artist in me – making the theoretical real. Embodying the idea in virtual space. Its totally the only process I could even consider at this point. Thus, the website for JourMS is as much a part of my thesis project as the words I end up putting to paper.
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