Biology is commonly used to understand kinship, ethnic and national identity. But for many transracial and transnational adoptees, biology is much more complex, as their experiences expose the problems with such categorization. For this panel, Spur invites panelists to question what transnational adoption means in a country where “official multiculturalism” affects how subjects are represented by ethnic ancestry and wherein the vestiges of the “Sixties Scoop” in First Nations communities affect ideas about “statehood” and “citizenship. What impact does biology have on our conversations on belonging? What is the role of the state?
This event will feature a performance by Spur Poet-in-Residence Joshua Whitehead.
- May 14, 2016
- 1:00 pm
- Manitoba Hydro Place, 360 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg