Family, Kinship, & Cultural Studies

10th Annual Cultural Studies Symposium
March 8-10, 2001
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS


PROGRAM DRAFT (Click here)

Deadline: October 20, 2000

The Topic:
How do we understand the family as we enter a new century?  How have kinship and affiliation responded to social and political pressures over time?  This topic is designed to elicit conversations about the past, present and future of the family, its boundaries and its possibilities.

Plenary Speakers:
STEPHANIE COONTZ, author of The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap and The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America's Changing Families

CARTER REVARD, poet and author of Ponca War Dancers and Family Values, Tribal Affairs

The Conference:
Kansas State University Program in Cultural Studies invites paper or panel proposals for its annual symposium, the longest continuing cultural studies conference in the nation.  All disciplinary perspectives, historical topics and periods, and subjects artistic and nonartistic, are welcome.  We encourage interdisciplinary work and innovative formats.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
Representations of the nuclear or extended family, family law, heteronormativity and the family, gender roles, gay and lesbian kinship, gay marriage and adoption, adoptive and biological kinship, law and love, reproductive technologies, science and the family, childlessness, custody & parental "right," grandparents, poverty and family violence, family pets, children's rights, "blended" families, "wicked" step-parents and teen rebellion, gay and lesbian teens, cross-cultural families, exile, inter-country adoption, child abandonment, orphans, family photos, family reunions, "black sheep," religion, economics of the family, family in the media & cultural texts, family rituals and holidays, family in history, family in the new millennium, "family values," il/legitimacy & "bastardy," the rhetoric of family.

Abstracts for papers or panels:

Proposals should be limited to one page, single-spaced abstracts, which should be sent to:
Jill R. Deans
Department of English
Denison Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS  66506
FAX: 785-532-2192

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