Last Call for Papers: Activist and Community Perspectives–10th Biennial Adoption Initiative Conference

It’s Sunday night and I’m working on something that won’t get done until tomorrow…maybe. So, to keep my 2021 NAM record intact, I’m sending this conference announcement along: 10th Biennial Adoption Initiative Conference sponsored by St. John’s University and Montclair State University, for March 25-26, 2022.

It’s a tight timeframe for papers, (I must have missed the first round announcement)  but maybe somebody will bite. The Call for papers is here.

Pop culture adoption wears me out. I enjoy academic approaches and have presented at scholarly-type conferences in the past.  If I had the time I’d submit something, but then I’d have to stop what I’m doing and think about it. My 3 writing projects are more than I can handle at the moment to even think up a topic and write an abstract, much less a paper.

This session’s theme is The Evolution of Adoption Practice: Activist and Community Perspectives, relevant to Bastard Insurgency, grassroots organizing, us weaponizing our personal narratives, and a nice respite from social media adoption carping.

Possible topics Include but are not limited to the following: 

  • In what ways have first/birth families, adoptees, and adoptees’ communities of origin advocated for their needs over the past twenty years?
  • Ways in which intercountry adoptees are changing the conversation around immigration and citizenship.
  • New technologies and their impact on adoption search and reunion.
  • Based on the historical perspectives of “best interests of the child,” what exactly does “best interest of the child” mean in 2020?
  • How does adoption relate to or mimic imperialism, colonialism, and nation-state foreign policies?
  • Aspects of privileges inherent in adoption as they are enacted in adoption practice and as they influence identity, citizenship, and being.
  • Ways current adoption narratives include or leave out notions of land, place, history, ethnicity, and ability to belong and inform identity.
  • Ways in which tools used to “deal with” adoption, including psychiatry and therapy, enforce dominant cultural myths about adoption.
  • In what ways has the demand for “adoption competent” mental health practitioners by adoptees, birth/first families and adoptive parents changed the clinical paradigms and treatment modalities for individuals seeking counseling/therapy?

I know a lot of people believe that there’s not much “research” on adoption out there but there is.  Some work is held hostage behind a paywall, but  I’ve dug around and found a substantial amount of work available online and sometimes held in university libraries in hard copy

Adoption studies are cutting edge.  The problem is that the adoption industry. politicians, do-good libs and progs, misogynist fetus- obsessive cons, white saviors, and Christo-fascists don’t care. It disturbs their mythology. Besides who, in post-literate America,  wants to spend the time reading it? Same with “stakeholders” (I hate that word, but what else to call us?) who prefer to live in an echo chamber.

I really miss the old days before memes, Facebook, and Tik Tok controlled the discourse.

Thanks to Danaiel Drennan ElWar




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