14th EASA Biennial Conference: Anthropological legacies and human futures

Published on 9 February 2016 par Equipe GIS IdG


14th EASA Biennial Conference: Anthropological legacies and human futures

20-23 July 2016, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy

Panel 036: Kinning and de-kinning: kinship practices between "parental
figures", "reproductive collaborator" and children among new family


- Deadline: 15 February 2016

  • Short Abstract
    The panel invites scholars working on contemporary forms of familyhood and
    parenthood (LGBT families, adoptions, step-families) to reconsider classic
    theories, unsolved questions and key issues within the history of
    anthropology of kinship, namely the notions of "kinning" and "de-kinning".

- Long Abstract
The development of ARTs (Assisted Reproductive Technologies) as well as
social and juridical changes within family structures renewed processes of
production of children, of family reproduction, as well as kinship
practices. Such phenomena bring fundamental concerns of anthropology of
kinship, once again, at the centre of attention. Contemporary forms of
familyhood and parenthood (increasing complexity parental figures and
progenitor with the presence of biological parents, adoptive parents,
donors, birthmothers, surrogate mothers, and social parents) brings us to
question on classic theories, concepts and legacies of this field,
reconsidering the very notion of kinning (Howell 2006), counter-balanced by
that of de-kinning (Fonseca 2011). What is a "kin relation" based on? This
panel aims to bring together scholars working on different families
configurations (LGBT families, adoptions, step-families) who are often
taken separately. Doing so, we hope to discuss of methodological,
theoretical and epistemological issues involved in their researches, as
well of the unsolved questions and key issues within the history of this
field. How do research findings enable to re-shape and sharpen general
concepts (i.e. parent, mother, kin, and so on)? Ethnographical studies of
new forms of parenting might show how - in various contexts and within
different family configurations - kin connections are represented,
constructed or deconstructed. What are individual and family strategies of
"kinning" for lack of "biological" and "juridical" ties and "de-kinning"
when they were at the origin of the material production of the baby, but
are not implied in the process of parenting?

Convenors: Corinna Sabrina Guerzoni (University of Milano-Bicocca)<
Alice Sophie Sarcinelli (Université de Liège)<alice.sarcinelli@ulg.ac.be>

- For any inquires, do not hesitate to email the two panel convenors.

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