CFP, edited collection on Adoption and Disability

Co-editors of the essay collection on Adoption and Disability are seeking contributions from emerging scholars in order to diversify representation of the current scholarship in both fields of study.

Please see below the original call for papers. Any contributions in response to the original call for papers (see below) are welcome, but at this stage of our work on the collection, we are especially interested in crossovers between adoption and disability that engage with LGBTQ theories, transnational aspects, visual/digital media, pre-natal issues, age-related issues.

The deadline for submissions is 15th January 2016. Earlier response will be given to earlier submissions.

Original CFP:

Co-editors 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. Please send MLA-formatted full essays with 250-word abstracts to and by 15th January 2015. 7500-11000 words with Works Cited included. For more information about the project email Marina Fedosik

The 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, kinship, family.

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; disability, adoption, and
  • birth countries
  • Adoption, disability, and age
  • Body and affect in the context of adoption/disability
  • Disability and adoptive/birth parents

Dr. Allison P. Hobgood
Associate Professor
English Department; Women’s and Gender Studies Program
Willamette University
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Salem, Oregon 97301
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