“Future of Kinship!”
The Launch Discussion of the Contrasting and Re-Imagining Margins of Kinship Project (CoreKin)
Date: Tuesday the 27th of September from 2-4 pm, University of Helsinki (Topelia Building, Unioninkatu 38).
Professor Marie-Andrée Jacob (Keele Law School, UK)
Dr. Anna-Maria Tapaninen (University of Eastern Finland, Anthropology)
Docent Antu Sorainen (University of Helsinki, Gender Studies)
The CoreKin Launch Discussion will be organised as a part of the Christina Advanced Research Seminar series.
It is free and open to all.
Afterwards there will be time for questions, and a possibility to join us for drinks.
Kinship is both a (self-evident/naturalized) social category and a complicated and contested theoretical concept.
Our conversation between three leading scholars in the fields of law, gender studies, anthropology and sexualities seeks to open up what is conventionally seen as the “new” in family configurations or the “marginalised” in kinship. The discussants maintain that both the idea of novelty and the illegitimate emerge from an evolved predisposition to attend to the so-called Euro-American kinship model. Not only is this model based on heterosexual relatedness, marriage and blood relations but also certain understandings of class, whiteness and relationship form.
Focusing particularly on the theories of kinship, sexuality and law as they interact with studies of relatedness, family and care, the discussants posit that care and support relations are a process of individual lives and historical “events”; not only in how they are affected by and embedded in the state policies and economic currencies but also in how they resist and redescribe norms and state powers.
By reimagining new ways to reroute the question of “what kinship is all about” the conversants touch the real-world problems, based on the unique empirical research done by each of them. They suggest to find and contrast the off-scene, the illegitimate and the unusual over the future course on research on kinship by investigating domestic domains and the more encompassing legal, political and economic domains in different societies through quantitative and qualitative empirical data, linked to diverse forms of state and political power.
In this way, the conversation looks to provide future insights on how kinship norms that affect care relations in the margins could be re-imagined through a brave recoupling and rerouting of such variegated frameworks as legislation, economics, politics, sexualities, queer, ethnography and gender.
Marie-Andrée Jacob is Professor of Law at Keele University. Her socio-legal work is strongly interdisciplinary, drawing on ethnographic and more recently on archival methods. In 2010 she received the Article Prize of the Socio-Legal Studies Association for ‘The Shared History’: unknotting fictive kinship and legal process’ (Law & Society Review). Her book “Matching Organs with Donors: Legality and Kinship in Transplants” was published in 2012 by the University of Pennsylvania Press. As part of her current research on the category of research integrity, Marie explores modern patterns in the documentation of research regulation and conducts ethnographic observations in the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). In 2016-8, she is working on a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, ‘Figuring ‘bad apples’: legal-bureaucratic assemblages of research misconduct, 1850-1990.’
Anna-Maria Tapaninen currently works as research fellow Department of Social Sciences at the University of Eastern Finland. Dr. Tapaninen is a one of the leading thinkers and teachers on anthropological studies of kinship in Finland. She has carried out archival research on institutional child abandonment in 19th century Europe, Naples in particular. She has studied the use of DNA testing for family reunification in the project DNA and Immigration: Social, political and ethical implications of DNA analysis for family reunification (IMMIGENE) supported by the Academy of Finland and currently in the project Bodies of Evidence: Interplay of documents, narratives and biotechnologies (funded by the Kone Foundation) . Anna-Maria co-edited a book on family reunification (2016), and has published widely on the topic.
Antu Sorainen is an Academy Fellow and Docent in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki. She has conducted empirical studies in lesbian court cases and queer inheritance practices, and published work on sexualities in law and urban space. She is the co-author of an anthology on the contingent conceptual history of Sittlichkeit in Finland (with Tuija Pulkkinen). She currently holds a 5-year Academy of Finland Fellowship for a project entitled “Wills and Inheritance Practices in Sexually Marginalised Groups”. She is the Director of the research project “CoreKin – Contrasting and Re-Imagining Margins of Kinship” (2016-2020, Academy of Finland).
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