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(cfp) Close Relations: a multi- and interdisciplinary conference on critical family and kinship studies Novembro 22, 2017

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Close Relations: a multi- and interdisciplinary conference on critical family and kinship studies (call for papers)
Uppsala University 24-26 October 2018

Few questions raise more heated debate than those of family and kinship, and few areas demonstrate more clearly the interconnectedness of the private and the public. Recent years have witnessed a growing emphasis on “family values” in the EU, with ongoing debates about marriage, migration, procreative practices, parental leave, meanings of childhood, and gendered divisions of (care) labour. In a time marked by globalization and migration, as well as neoliberalism and the rise of nationalism, an increasing recognition of non-conventional families and kin constellations has run parallel with re-affirmations of the nuclear family form. Growing anxieties around the (welfare) state’s (future) ability to care for its citizens also refocuses the family’s caretaking and wealth extending function. The conference Close Relations offers a platform for exploring urgent issues for critical family and kinship studies, across disciplines and areas. We wish to explore how changes in family and kin formation materialize in everyday lives, in stories, in fiction and art; how they are facilitated, contested, or hindered in cultural, political, legal, and medical contexts; how close relations play out, become closer or closed off, in specific contexts and situations.

The conference opens with a plenary lecture at 4 pm Wednesday October 24, and closes at 4 pm Friday October 26; the program comprises plenary lectures and a panel discussion, as well as parallel sessions with paper presentations.

Confirmed plenary speakers are:

David Eng, Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania, US

Susan White, Professor of Social Work, University of Sheffield UK

Rikke Andreassen, Professor of media and communication, Roskilde University DK

For the parallel sessions, we now seek abstracts for 15-minute presentations.

Contributions may address areas including, but not limited to, the following:

Assisted reproductive technologies

The child, the parent, the state – negotiating the child perspective with a focus on migration

Conceptualizing family and kinship

Family/Kinship and sex/intimacy

Migration/Transnational family and kinship

Motherhood, fatherhood, parenthood

Kin/NonKin, care, and responsibility

Kinship beyond the human

Solo by choice or single by chance? – (L)one-parent families

Orphanhood

Queer kinship

Researching family and kinship: critical methodologies

Time and place – the wheres and whens of families and kin

Trans* kinship

Submit abstract (max 300 words) and a brief bio (max 50 words) to helena.henriksson@gender.uu.se no later than January 31, 2018. Please write “abstract famkin” in the subject line. Acceptance will be communicated by the end of February. The conference registration will open no later than May and the registration fee will not exceed 3000 SEK (300 EURO; reduced fee for students).

The Swedish Network for Family and Kinship Studies is a multi-disciplinary network for scholars with an interest in exploring the meanings, boundaries, shifts and continuities in family and kinship, their links to power relations, and how they are maintained or disrupted by cultural values, social practices, or symbolic representations. We explore and develop critical perspectives on family and kinship historically as well as in the present. The Network is funded by FORTE 2016-2018 and based at Uppsala University.

 

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