Call for Proposal
Proposals may address adoption or related practices or their representation in any way, but we especially encourage work addressing race, class, gender, nationality, and/or sexuality and sexual orientation, and/or investigations of topics such as state and institutional power, (in)fertility, markets and market practices, and incarceration.
Confirmed keynote speakers:
Catherine Ceniza Choy, Associate Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, University of California, Berkeley, whose forthcoming book, Global Families: A History of Asian International Adoption in America, examines how Asian international adoption has contributed to the transformation of the U.S. into an international adoption nation and how its history is also a history of race, labor, immigration and intimacy.
Dan Chaon, adoptee, writer, and Irvin E. Houck Associate Professor of the Humanities at Oberlin College, whose first novel, You Remind Me of Me, and most recent novel, national bestseller Await Your Reply, address themes of adoption. Await Your Reply was named one of the ten best books of the year by Publisher’s Weekly, The New York Times, and other publications.