CFP: Violating the Family (Finland) (2/15/07; NAAS, 5/24/07-5/26/07)
Call for papers
Biannual NAAS/Nordic Association of American Studies Conference
Tampere, Finland, May 24-26 2007
"Violating the family"
Representations of, and challenges to, the â€œAmerican familyâ€ abound in
twentieth century and contemporary American culture, which can be seen to
display a near obsessive preoccupation with kinship. Ideal families,
dysfunctional families, nuclear families, non-nuclear families, biological
kinship and social kinship affirm or unsettle normative notions of family.
While unconventional families, it can be said, do violence to the â€œnormalâ€
American family, the norm itself also does violence to â€œnon-traditionalâ€
understandings and practices of family. The workshop welcomes theoretically
informed presentations on modern American texts that in various ways can be
read as violating boundaries of kinship norms, or, in other words, that â€œdo
violence toâ€ the family.
Send 500 word abstract and brief bio no later than February 15, to
Maria Holmgren Troy, Karlstad University, Sweden
Liz Kella, SÃ¶dertÃ¶rn University, Sweden
Helena WahlstrÃ¶m, GÃ¤vle University, Sweden
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Received on Tue Jan 16 2007 - 17:19:18 EST