Call for Panelist: SHCY, Galway June 2021 "Adoption and the Commodification of Children"

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We are looking for co-panelists for a panel (or connected panels?) on child adoption and the commodificiation of children for the SHCY conference scheduled for Galway, Ireland in June 2021. We have two papers in place. One paper discusses the Yemenite Children Affair and efforts by the Israeli government to control/divert investigation into the fate of Yemini children who went missing from migrant camps beginning in the 1950s. The second paper discusses the work of Ernest Mitler, an itinerant investigator of domestic and transnational adoption black markets in the US in the 1950s and 1960s. The paper focuses on his discussion/deployment of children in the context of in investigations and legal action against alleged  baby traffickers.  

We see this work as directly connected to the main conference themes of challenge and interruption in the history of childhood.  We strive to craft a panel that is diverse in the geography and time period of cases presented, and in the identifications, locations and career stages of the panelists.  Thus, we particularly encourage graduate students and early career scholars.  We encourage work from activists, artists  and/or scholars. We would appreciate hearing from those interested in serving as chair or comment, as well as those wishing to present their ongoing research. You can access the wider conference themes of challenge and interruption in the history of childhood, as well as the subtheme of familia breakdown.

The deadline for finalizing and submitting a panel proposal is October 31st, and thus we need to hear from you by October 28th at the very latest.   Earlier is better. Please note there is no final word on whether this conference will take place in person or virtually.

Contact:  Dr. Karen Balcom, McMaster University,