UPDATE: Culture of Adoption (12/1/06; SW/TX PCA/ACA, 2/14/07-2/17/07)

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The deadline for proposals has been extended to 1 Dec

Send proposals to holtfort_at_osweg.edu

Call for Papers: The culture of adoption.
What do we mean by the culture of adoption. Adoptees
and their families--both of them-- form a unique
grouping, even if the adoption is closed and secret.
The reasons for adopting, the ways the adoptive family
creates family stories of origin, the accomadations
the family and child make for the differences (subtle
or marked) between them.

I am looking for several different kinds of papers:
scholarly, reflections from all members of
the triad,especially from fathers, and literary
papers. The following divisions are completely
I will read all proposals

Who adopts and why?
What is the impact on the family of adoption?
Have attitudes changed toward adoption and the
inclusion of the adoptee?
The economics of adoption
The politics of international adoption

The actuality of adoption:
Open vs closed adoption
The adoption disconnect from both sides, i.e. how the
child is different, how the parents are puzzled?
Bio and adoptive families in reality
Adoptive families vs families with adopted children
Searching for the biological family
Cultural impact and retention in trans-ethnic adoption
School assignments: How do you handle the 'family
tree'and other such 'roots' assignment? How do we
the educators?

Adoption in literature:
Literary adoption, how are adoption and adoptees
treated in literature?
The literature of adoption—especially children's
Collections of adoption experiences--what purpose do
they fulfill? Are they voyeuristic and invasive?
Language of adoption--do you mind the adopt-a-whatever

You first parents of the human race...who ruined yourself for an apple,
 what might you have done for a truffled turkey?"
Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)

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