Children and Globalization: Issues, Policies and Initiatives

Call for Papers:
The 10th Joint Area Centers Symposium: Children and Globalization: Issues, Policies and Initiatives
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
April 10-12, 2014

Keynote Speaker: David Oswell, Department of Sociology, University of London
“After Our Children’s Image: Human Rights, Capital and the Common”

Papers are solicited for the following panels:

* Cross-cultural and historical perspectives on childhood and children
* Children and migration
* Child labor
* International adoption
* Homeless/street children
* Children and sexuality: child marriages, sexual abuse, sex slavery
* Children and war: victims, refugees, child soldiers; children and peacebuilding/conflict resolution
* Children’s rights

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Adoption: Crossing Boundaries

The Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture announces: The 5th International Conference on Adoption and Culture

Adoption: Crossing Boundaries

March 27 – 30, 2014
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Call for Proposals: Due August 1/Single Paper Submissions Welcome

ASAC’s biennial conferences feature stories and histories of adoption as explored by writers, artists, and scholars across the disciplines, especially the humanities. Adoptions and the lives of adoptees always involve crossing boundaries, whether the boundaries of families, the boundaries of races, the boundaries of nations, the boundaries of aboriginal peoples and others, the boundaries of communities, the boundaries of law, or all of these borders. This conference takes up these themes and threads, and also encourages other kinds of boundary-crossing: boundaries between disciplines; between adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, and social workers; boundaries between creative writers, scholars, and activists. And we extend our topic across other boundaries by considering similar issues with regard to foster care and assisted reproduction.

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CFP: Adoption and Disability

Co-editors Emily Hipchen and Marina Fedosik are seeking submissions for a
collection of critical essays exploring cultural meanings of adoption
through a combined lens of adoption and disability studies.

The overall ubiquity of the disability discourse in adoption culture is
hard to deny. It is explicit, for instance, in constructions of single
motherhood as psychopathology in the middle of the twentieth century in the
U.S.—an ideology that intensified social pressure on single mothers to
relinquish their children for adoption. It is also present in the cultural
perceptions of infertility as a physical impairment, which adoption can
remedy and conceal. It is employed within the context of the adoptee rights
movement by the searching adoptees that support their claims to the
knowledge of personal history by identifying with the debilitating
condition of genealogical bewilderment. Such pervasiveness undoubtedly
points to the importance of understanding how cultural ideas about
disability inflect meanings and functions of adoption, kinship, family.

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