MLA 2019: Textual Trans Actions: Queering Kinship

deadline for submissions: 
March 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Marina Fedosik and Emily Hipchen
contact email: 

CFP        MLA 2019


Textual Trans Actions: Queering Kinship 


We seek paper proposals for a special session at the MLA Annual Convention in Chicago, IL January 3-6, 2019.


We invite submissions that explore trans actions/transactions in kinning narratives and/or other representations in any mode (including the visual) or genre. These include queering or trans modes of adoption and other ways of kinship/affiliation creation that challenge social, genealogical, and affective structures based on heteronormativity. We are especially interested in papers that examine representations of non-traditional kinning and reproductive technologies, the marriage movement and its critiques, alternative homes, chosen families, homodomesticity, queer and trans geographies of kinship, pinkwashing and homonationalism as related to kinship making. We welcome emerging and established directions in adoption studies, queer and trans studies, and other comparative and cross-cultural approaches that intersect with adoption studies’ disciplinary focus on literary and other forms of representation.


Please, send your 300-word proposals + a brief bio to Lucy Curzon, Marina Fedosik and Emily Hipchen at adoptionmla19@gmail.comby March 1. Subject line: “Queering Kinship.”