CFP: Encountering New Worlds of Adoption: 2nd International Conference on Adoption and Culture
Conference date: October 11-14 at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA 15260
Proposal deadline: March 1, 2007
Organized by the Alliance for the Study of Adoption, Identity, and Kinship
Conference Organizer: Marianne Novy (University of Pittsburgh)
Is adoption today remaking the face of the family? Is it redefining parenthood? How can literary critics, philosophers,
anthropologists, historians, sociologists, legal scholars, political scientists, culture studies scholars, and others give perspectives to current adoption issues such as identity, esp. transracial and transnational, family, socioeonomic and/or international inequalities, openness, kinship,
loss, and commodification? Papers should discuss representations of adoption (this could include representations of birthparents)
in literature, film, and other arts, and/or interactions between adoption practices and culture(s) in fields such as those listed.
Keynote speakers will be Susan Bordo, Professor of English, University of Kentucky, author of Unbearable Weight: Feminism,
Western Culture, and the Body; Emily Prager, author of Wuhu Diary: On Taking my Adopted Daughter Back to Her Hometown in
China; and Dorothy Roberts, Professor of Law at Northwestern University, author of Killing the Black Body: Race,
Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty and Shattered Bonds. Also expected are Jill Deans, Sara Dorow, Ellen Herman, Emily Hipchen,
Sally Haslanger, Margaret Homans, Sandra Patton-Imani, and Carol Singley.
Please send 200-word proposals for papers, with a brief cv., by March 1, to Marianne Novy (email@example.com).
Department of English, University of PIttsburgh
Currently Visiting Scholar, Duke University
412-606-0583 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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