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Call for Session Proposals
International Korean Adoptee Associations (IKAA)
2010 IKAA Gathering
Gathering Dates: August 3-8, 2010
Location: Hotel Lotte Seoul, Korea
Submission Due Date: March 19 (extended deadline), 2010
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The Korean adult adoptee community has been organizing for over 20 years, and the Gatherings have been an essential part of the emergence of our truly global community. While there have been multiple conferences for and about Korean adoptees, the Gatherings stand out for their large number of attendees from a diversity of backgrounds. Previous Gatherings include:
• 1999 – Washington, D.C., USA
• 2001 – Oslo, Norway
• 2004 – Seoul, Korea
• 2007 – Seoul, Korea (the 1st Gathering officially organized by the IKAA network)
With each successive Gathering, the number of conference attendees rose significantly, with over 600 attending in 2007. Given that the height of adoptions from Korea occurred during the mid-1980’s, we expect to see continued growth at the 2010 IKAA Gathering, since larger numbers of adoptees are now in or reaching adulthood and therefore more likely to travel to Korea for such a conference. We project over 800 Korean adult adoptees to attend the 2010 IKAA Gathering.
As is tradition at the Gatherings, the 2010 IKAA Gathering will provide the opportunity for adoptees to present a wide variety of sessions related to Korean adoption and living as a Korean adoptee. We encourage submission of thoughtful proposals for sessions that will provide attendees an opportunity to learn, network, share, interact, and reflect. These sessions are different in nature than the presentations that will be made during the Gathering’s Research Symposium in that the general sessions are not required to be academic in nature.
In addition to academics, we welcome session proposals from artists, community organizers, filmmakers, writers, and other members of the Korean adult adoptee.
Aside from sessions, there will also be a mini-film festival during the Gathering, featuring past and more recent works that address various aspects of Korean adoption and our community. There is a separate Call for Proposals for films as well as a separate submission form for films.
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