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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

CFP for a collection on Adoption and Disability

Dear all,

Pasted below is a CFP for a collection of essays on adoption and disability. Please distribute to anyone who may be interested in contributing.

Thank you.

Marina Fedosik

New York University,
College  of Arts and Science,
Lecturer, Expository Writing Program
411 Lafayette St.,4th floor,
NYC 10003
302 898 2670

Call for Papers
Collection of Essays on Adoption and Disability
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.
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.
The co-editors invite the
essays that may consider the following topics among others:
·         Disability
and domestic, transracial, and/or transnational adoption
·         Disability
and adoptive identity
·         American
family, disability, and adoption
·         Adoption,
disability and social/cultural institutions
·         Adoption
and disability in film, literature, and other media
·         Adoption,
disability, and kinship ideologies
·         Adoption,
disability, and performance
·         Adoption
and disability in history
·         Adoption,
disability, and gender
·         Adoption,
disability, and citizenship
·         Global
perspectives on adoption and disability
·         Adoption,
disability, and age
·         Body
and affect in the context of adoption/disability
·         Disability
and adoptive/birth parents
·         Disability,  adoption, and birth countries

Please send full essays with
250-word abstracts to adoptiondisabilitycollection@
gmail.comby March 1, 2013. For more
information about the project email Marina Fedosik at

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