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CFP—Adoption Pedagogy: An Interdisciplinary Discussion of Challenges, Implications, and Practices

  The Editors of Adoption & Culture in collaboration with the Guest Editors listed below seek manuscripts for a special issue, entitled “Adoption Pedagogy: Challenges, Implications, and Practices.” Adoption & Culture publishes essays on any aspect of adoption’s intersection with culture, including but not limited to scholarly examinations of adoption practice, law, art, literature, ethics, science, life experiences, film, or any other popular or academic representation of adoption. Adoption & Culture accepts submissions of previously unpublished essays for review. Adoption & Culture is the journal of The Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture (ASAC). ASAC promotes understanding of the experience, institution, and cultural representation of domestic and transnational adoption and related practices such as fostering, assisted reproduction, LGBTQ+ families, and innovative kinship formations. ASAC considers adoptive kinship to include adoptees, first families, and adoptive kin. In its conferences, other gatherings, and publications ASAC provides a forum for discussion and knowledge creation about adoption and related topics through interdisciplinary, culture-based scholarly study and creative practice that consider many ways of perceiving, interpreting, and understanding adoption. Adoption studies scholarship explores multiple aspects of adoption’s intersection with culture including, but not limited to, scholarly examinations of adoption practice, law, art, literature, ethics, science, life experiences, and film. Adoption scholars examine discourses of adoption in all its various ways, complicating the ways adoption engages with normative ideologies of identity, family, culture, race, gender, nation, and citizenship....

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ASAC 2018 Call for Proposals

Seventh Biennial Conference Formations: Thinking Kinship through Adoption Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel, Oakland CA October 18-20, 2018   ASAC 2018 Conference CFP  Download PDF Formations: Thinking Kinship through Adoption, sponsored by the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture, promotes interdisciplinary culture-based scholarship and creative practices that address old and new formations of kinship through the lens of adoption. We are particularly interested in intersectional, interdisciplinary, and boundary-crossing discussions of domestic and transnational adoption and related kinship formations such as fostering, assisted reproduction, LGBTQ+ families, and other innovative kinship formations. We welcome local, national and international perspectives, and we look forward to opportunities to explore the rich history of adoption community building, research, and activism both in the Bay Area and elsewhere. The conference aims to expand current knowledge of the experience, institution, and cultural representation of adoption and kinship. We encourage discussion of kinship formations that adoptees, birth/first parents, and adoptive kin create and in which they participate; that creative artists engage across genres; that social workers, lawyers, and other practitioners address; that activists define and engage; and that scholars in fields including history, anthropology, philosophy, sociology, law, religious studies, literary studies, art historical studies, political science, psychology, and medical humanities analyze and critique. The conference advocates community among people positioned differently with regard to adoption because of their life experience, profession, and/or discipline. Topics of...

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Adoption & Culture: Journal Update

Dear Members of the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture: We’re delighted to announce that Adoption & Culture will be published and distributed by The Ohio State University Press and that transition is almost completed. OSUP uses Johns Hopkins to manage their subscriptions, so you should shortly be getting a renewal notice for membership—and subscription—from Johns Hopkins. One change you might notice: you’ll be receiving two copies of the journal yearly now instead of one every other year, and this necessitates a rise in the subscription/membership rate. Thank you for your subscription and...

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SAVE THE DATE!

The Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture is happy to announce that the next biennial conference will take place in the Bay Area in California, on Thursday through Saturday, October 18-20, 2018. Please save the date and look for a call for papers with an exciting list of keynote speakers and events, coming soon. As always, updates will be posted here on the ASAC website.  We hope to see many of you...

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Journal & Publications

It gives great pleasure to announce that The Ohio State University Press will become the new home of Adoption & Culture, the scholarly journal of the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture (ASAC). The journal will soon be listed on JSTOR/Muse and its content (including back issues) will be electronically visible and downloadable. The journal will get a physical redesign as well with the help of OSUP’s marketing team and will begin to be visible on more discipline-specific search databases. The journal will also be appearing more frequently—twice a year, starting next year. Thank you for your support of ASAC and the...

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