[URBANTH-L] CFP AAA 2009 - The fictions of kinship: Relatedness, mobility and global capital

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Fri Mar 6 15:11:10 EST 2009

Call for Papers

Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA),
Dec 2-6, 2009; Philadelphia

Proposed Panel
The fictions of kinship: Relatedness, mobility and global capital

Mathangi Krishnamurthy, The University of Texas at Austin
Please send an abstract of not more than 250 words and a brief CV to
Mathangi Krishnamurthy by Monday, March 9 2009
(mathangi at mail.utexas.edu).

	This panel seeks to engage with kinship studies to specifically ask
how networks of kin and relatedness have been activated, created or
reconfigured in the context of national, transnational and global
movements of people, work and communication. In the process of
movement, what happens to kinship ties as prescribed by birth,
tradition, culture and nation? How do people form networks that
replicate, extend or mimic kin networks within new forms of capital
and sociality? What are the ends of kinship as a heuristic, and what
are its limitations? How do we understand both the changing nature of
kin relations as well as their continued centrality to relational
selves in movement?  Even as in many parts of the world, family and
concurrent relationships continue to inform the ways in which people
form relational selves and notions of history and boundedness, how do
we place this in the context of migration, displacement and mobility?

	Kinship studies have resurfaced in the twenty first century, as a way
to examine, nuance and critique biological and cultural assumptions
that underline and shape everyday experiences of kinship. Intersecting
with anthropological examinations of new reproductive and genetic
technologies, kinship has been rekindled as a way to understand
complex legal, moral and cultural formations of family and
relatedness. Today, complex social formations underline how individual
subjects experience being related. In this hyper mobile set of
signifying relations, what does family encompass and include or
exclude? What work does kin and the experiences of being part of
various and varied overlapping, contrasting and connected networks of
biological, fictive and adopted kin networks accomplish? Given that
subjects are beset by accelerated change and increasingly decentered
worlds, how does kinship continue to inform anthropology?

	We invite papers from scholars working through the questions of
mobility and relatedness in order to understand how kinship studies
can lend texture and particularity to questions of globalization,
neoliberalism and urbanization.

(1) Movements, mobility and kin

(2) Migration, geographical displacement and familial continuity

(3) Technology and kin relations

(4) Activation of kin relationships in transnational formations

(5) Media discourses on new kin relations

(6) Fading forms of kin relations and fictive kinship in conditions of
hyper mobility

(7) Kinship in the context of violence, shattered social structures
and conflict

Mathangi Krishnamurthy,
Doctoral Candidate, Dept. of Anthropology,
The University of Texas at Austin

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