CFP: Encountering New Worlds of Adoption (3/1/07; 10/11/07-10/14/07)

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Marianne Novy
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CFP: Encountering New Worlds of Adoption (March 1; October 11-14)

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.

Co-sponsors to date include the Department of English, the School of
Law, the Cultural Studies Program, and the Creative Writing Program at
the University of Pittsburgh.

Please send 200-word proposals for papers, with a brief cv., by March 1,
to Marianne Novy (

We are also interested in readings of memoir, poetry, and fiction
dealing with adoption. Send samples (of less than ten pages) to the same

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