UPDATED Conference of the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture

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Call for Papers
April 1, 2016
Minnesota, United States
Subject Fields: 
Humanities, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Sociology, Asian American History / Studies, Childhood and Education

*Proposal deadline extended to 1 April  2016.*

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown Hotel--October 27-29, 2016

Keynote speakers: Lorraine Dusky, Margaret Jacobs, and Deann Borshay Liem, introducing her new film, Geographies of Kinship. Also staged readings by Mu Performing Arts tracing twenty years of adoption theater in the Twin Cities.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers or 75-minute panels (Q&A included) that:

  • Analyze literary, cinematic, dramatic, musical, visual, dance, popular culture, or performance art approaches to new ways (whether present, past, or future) of conceiving community in adoption, foster care, or other nonstandard means of family formation or childcare.
  • Study the dynamics between adoption communities and other reproductive, family and caring structures from historical, anthropological, philosophical, sociological, legal, religious, political, racialized, gendered, LGBTQ, and/or psychological perspectives.
  • Promote community between people positioned differently with regard to adoption because of their life experience, profession, and/or discipline.
  • We also invite creative presentations (writing, film, drama, graphic arts, other media, etc.) on the conference theme in relation to adoption.

Please send 200-word proposals for papers or samples of creative work, a cv or resume along with your proposal, and links if you are working in visual or multimedia, to asac.conference@gmail.com; use this address also for queries. Send your proposal, cv, and/or writing sample in an electronic file with a title including your last name.  

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Cynthia Callahan 

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