Families on the Fault Lines: Re-Imagining Race, Kinship, & Care

Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 - Friday, Apr 30, 2010

370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

Re-Imagining Race, Kinship, Care

UC Berkeley, Center for Race Gender
Apr 29-30, 2010
370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

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Families who live on the fault lines of economic insecurity, geographic displacement, and ideological battles over who counts as a “family” are particularly at risk for suffering the fallout of current economic disasters, environmental crises, and local and global wars. These ruptures present not only profound challenges for the survival of kinship structures, but also opportunities for uncovering new or hidden landscape for notions and practices of family, kin, and care.

This conference will consider the following issues:

  • How is the idea of “family” in flux, racialized, and politicized?
  • How do these political fluctuations impact families and kin of color, immigrant families, LGBT families, and other kinship networks?
  • How are kinships displaced and how are they reconstructed?
  • How do families creatively adapt to radical change?
  • How does forced and chosen migration reshape how “family” is considered?
  • How is the project of caring for others gendered, classed, racialized?
  • Are there opportunities for coalition building in the face of seemingly unbridgeable divides?
  • Are there visions for liberatory kinship structures, principles for caring, and family arrangements in the context of vast instability?

Presentations will interrogate contemporary political debates about race, kinship, and care, such as “marriage equality,” “welfare reform,” reproduction, labor, and immigration. The conference also seeks to historicize “systems of survival,” recognizing enduring legacies of fault line living.

Generous co-sponsors include: The Gender Women’s Studies Department, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Berkeley Diversity Research Initiative, Gender Equity Resource Center, Center for the Study of Law Society, Interdisciplinary Family Studies Working Group, Berkeley Undergraduate Sociology Association, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Beatrice Bain Research Group, Ethnic Studies Department, Department of Sociology, Department of Theater, Dance, Performance Studies, Student Opportunity Fund, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

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