Workshop Presenter Spotlight: Making Model Migrants: Transnational Adoption and Migration in a Danish Context

Lene Myong is Assistant Professor at Department of Education, Aarhus University Copenhagen. She is affiliated with a collective research project called KinTra (2011-14), which is funded by the Danish Research Council. Lene received her PhD in 2009. She is a qualitative researcher and has primarily worked on questions relating to adoption, race and gender within a Danish context. She also has an interest in cultural and aesthetic productions of adoption. Lene is a Korean adoptee and currently living in Seoul.

“Since the 1990s, Danish governments have imposed some of the strictest immigration laws in Europe. Yet at the same time, the practice of transnational adoption continues to receive unwavering support by all political parties currently represented in Danish Parliament. This talk will address how (partial) inclusion of the transnational adoptee migrant into the Danish welfare state must be seen in connection with the exclusion of non-adoptee migrant populations, but also how the promise of inclusion for the adoptee migrant is marked by experiences of assimilation.”

The purpose of the workshop is to give an introduction to transnational adoption in a Danish context and open up for a broader dialogue on adoption, migration and solidarity.

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