116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Post-Family Studies

Session Chair: 
Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Session 2: Friday 3:20 pm – 4:50 pm
Miller Hall 112
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  1. Thomas J. Carter, Eastern Washington University
    Utilizing Graham Greene’s 1978 novel The Human Factor, this paper explores the dynamic between family and State in the modern era, emphasizing how these two conceptions influence issues of loyalty, perfidy, and moral responsibility.
  2. Carole-Anne Tyler, "University of California, Riverside"
    According to many, the trouble with “family” is the family with trouble, the Oedipal family idealized in family values politics that is all too queer, riven by perverse erotic tensions and rivalries.  Queer studies idealizes instead the family one chooses—yet it too is queered by tensions and rivalries.
  3. Eleanor Rowe, Brown University
    This paper reads Chantal Akerman's "Saute Ma Ville" as a piece of destituent feminist commentary on the role of the single-person female family. It examines Akerman's use of Chaplinesque farce alongside Giorgio Agamben's thought on inoperativity and (relatedly) Deleuze's reading of Bartleby the Scrivener, and suggests that Akerman refigures and reimagines the potential of reproductive labour.
  4. Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim, University of Washington
    This paper will study Jane Jin Kaisen's Loving Belinda project to explore the convergence and crossing of borders that occurs in a transracial and transnational adoptive family, focusing on the effect of racial differences between adoptive parents and an adopted child.
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