Secret Histories, Public Policies Mark your calendars! The 3rd Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture Conference: Secret Histories, Public Policies will be held at MIT, April 29-May 2, 2010. This will be THE adoption conference. It’s not too late to submit proposals, either. Below are details. Deadline is September 1, 2009. Conference website is here See you there! Conference date: April 29 – May 2, 2010 note new dates!at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139 Proposal deadline: Sept. 1, 2009 Organized by the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture Conference Organizers:Sally Haslanger (MIT), Marianne Novy (University of Pittsburgh), Charlotte Witt (UNH) Adoption has often, though not always, involved secrecy. How has secrecy or openness affected the history, experience and representations of adoption? •How have literature and film portrayed the impact of secrecy and disclosure on adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents? What is the impact of recent revelations of secret histories in memoir, books such as The Girls Who Went Away, documentaries such as First Person Plural? •How and why did adoption secrecy, and the practices it hides, develop differently in different cultures, countries, and even different states? Where are alternatives to secrecy practiced and how Continue Reading →