The Guest Editors of this special issue 'Irregularities in Transnational Adoptions and Child Appropriations: Challenges for Reparation Practices,' in Childhood: A Journal of Global Child Research welcome empirical and theoretically-informed contributions that adopt local and global perspectives and investigate the conceptual and practical implications of adoption and appropriation experiences.
Possible themes for papers include, but are not limited to:
- historical and geographical contexts of illegal adoptions, appropriations, child laundering, ‘social orphanhood’, ‘orphanage business’;
- public secrets, silenced stories of kidnapping, sale and trafficking, missing and stolen babies and children, genocide, appropriation of children in dictatorship regimes;
- voices and testimonies of adoptees, cases of discovering illegal adoption or false identities;
- deconstruction of the ‘rescue’ discourse, violations of the rights of birth families;
- local, global and intersectional inequalities in transnational adoptions and repercussions in family relationships
- effects of international hegemonic adoption regulations and their collision with the local regulations of the adopted countries of origin;
- examples of good reparation practices for victims: legal reforms and developments, recommendations and best practices guidelines;
- models of open adoption among the adoptive triad;
- systems that guarantee comprehensive reparation, bilateral efforts and conventions, protocols of action between countries in order to find the origins of transnational adoption, role of international mediation;
- impact of digital social networks to trace origins and contact transnational adoptive families;
- preventive DNA programs, genetic identification against child trafficking and illegal adoptions.
- Submission of abstracts (300 words, in English) by February 15, 2020.
- Abstracts should be sent electronically to the Managing Editor Ragnhild Berge (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Please include author’s name(s), affiliation(s) and contact information.
- Invitation sent to possible paper contributors: February 25, 2020.
- Submission of full papers: June 30, 2020.