A Critically Urgent Discussion about Intercountry Adoption to Sweden and What Remains to Be Done

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: SCAS, Thunbergssalen, Linneanum, Thunbergsvägen 2, Uppsala
  • Lecturer: Tobias Hübinette, Anna Singer, Gonda Van Steen
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  • Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Contact person: Ellen Werner
  • Föreläsning

Tobias Hübinette, Anna Singer and Gonda Van Steen will take part in a panel discussion titled "A Critically Urgent Discussion about Intercountry Adoption to Sweden and What Remains to Be Done". The panel participants will each deliver some position points (15 minutes each) and then engage with the audience in a (moderated) Q&A session.

International adoption has by now been with us for more than seventy years in a row. First a
post-WWII and postcolonial phenomenon, then a Cold War and thereafter globalization
phenomenon, it is a movement that has placed approximately 1 million children in new geographical, cultural, religious and racial locations and has given them new names and identities. However, little critical attention was paid to this phenomenon, which therefore has been called the silent migration, until the adult adopted persons started to speak for themselves, to question the need for and the legality of their adoptions, to connect with each other transnationally across the globe, and to speak openly about the profound racial and class issues involved in the practice. Sweden is the country that proportionally has"received" the largest number of adopted children from abroad and that has now committed itself to an in-depth investigation into the corrupt aspects of international adoption.

What is the Swedish investigation and other similar investigations around the world discovering? To what extent are the investigations hampered by the loss or inaccessibility of records or falsified documents? Can the sometimes unsettling results of the investigations bring resolution and reconciliation to the most affected parties? And who has crafted the previous dominating narratives surrounding international adoption?

The panel discussion is organized within the framework of the SCAS CUSP Series.

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