Accepted paper:

Adoption and enlightenment


Nayanika Mookherjee (Durham University)

Paper short abstract:

The paper seeks to explore the relationship between adoption and principles of enlightenment in order to address its humanitarian foundation.

Paper long abstract:

Increasingly adoption and more so transnational adoption is deemed to be an important ethical practice. This paper seeks to unravel the relationship between adoption and various principles of enlightenment. Posited between the viewpoints of adoptee network groups and the global focus on adoption, the paper seeks to critically address the humanitarian foundation that seems to underpin the global availability of children and their displacement.

panel P75
Postcolonial perspectives on the Enlightenment and ethics (World Council of Anthropological Associations Ethics Taskforce)