Skewing the Family in the Long Eighteenth Century (ASECS 3/17-20/2011, Vancouver BC; proposal deadline 9/15/10)

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Christopher Loar / University of California, Davis
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This panel seeks papers that examine historical or literary families that do not conform to emergent models of domesticity, or domestic arrangements that are not bound by marriage and consanguinity. Building on recent studies that question traditional assumptions about the history and origins of the nuclear family, the panel might consider some of the following questions: What do irregular or alternative family arrangements have to tell us about the development of domesticity or about the prospects for alternate forms of sociality? How do alternate visions of family life critique emergent models of the domestic family? How might alternate familial configurations contest patriarchies traditional or new? Possible topics might include legal or ad hoc adoption, unhappy marriages, childless couples, bigamy and polyandry, same-sex couplings, racially or religiously mixed families, domestic arrangements of servants or enslaved persons, or Samuel Johnson's household of cohabiting eccentrics. Papers focused on the British Isles, the Caribbean, or North America are particularly welcome. Please send a 300-500 word abstract to no later than September 15, 2010.