Atamhi Cawayu

Below you can find an overview of my publications, for more information: see my personal page at the Research Platform of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy

Contact Details:


  Centre for Research on Culture and Gender (CRCG)

  Department of Languages and Cultures
  Faculty of Arts and Philosophy - Ghent University


  Blandijnberg 2, 4th floor, room 
  9000 Gent
  tel. +32 09 264 38 19 

IN BOLIVIA (February-August 2020)

Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias del Comportamiento (IICC)

Facultad de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales
Universidad Católica Boliviana “San Pablo”


Av. 14 de Septiembre N°4807, Bloque T, IICC
Obrajes, La Paz


Research projects: 

  • 2014-2016: Belonging and the Ethics of Care. Refugee Aid and Guardianships of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (Research Assistant)
  • 2017-2021: Global Families, Global Inequalities: The Politics of Child Relinquishment, Search and Reunion in Transnational Adoption from Bolivia (Ph.D. Fellow - FWO)


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  • Cawayu, Atamhi & Katrien De Graeve (accepted), 'From primal to colonial wound: Bolivian adoptees reclaiming the narrative of healing'. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. (published online 26 April 2020)
  • De Graeve, Katrien & Christof Bex (2017), 'Caringcapes and Belonging: An Intersectional Analysis of Care Relationships of Unaccompanied Minors in Belgium'. Children's Geographies , 15(1), 80-92(published online 13 November 2016).
  • De Graeve, Katrien & Christof Bex (2016), 'Imageries of Family and Nation: A Comparative Analysis of Transnational Adoption and Care for Unaccompanied Minors in Belgium'. Childhood,  23(4), 492-505 (published online 30 November 2015).


  • Bex, Christof & Vicente Moilestad (accepted, forthcoming), '(Re-)Living Imagined Realities: Ten questions about returning to and living in Bolivia', In Manufactured Identities


Online articles:

  • Bex, Christof (2019) 'Verslag: Eerste Internationale Bijeenkomst voor Boliviaans Geadopteerden', published by Steunpunt Adoptie
  • Bex, Christof & Muhammet Şen (2018) 'Racisme en Witheid in de Queer Wereld: Tussen Fetisj en Uitsluiting', published by KifKifMerhaba, Knack, Zizo-magazine
  • Bex, Christof (2016) 'Een reactie na Orlando: Een Kritische Stem in een Onevenwichtig Debat', published by Merhaba
  • Bex, Christof (2015) 'Reconstructing my Past: A Quest to Find my Bolivian Birth Mother', published by Bolivian Express


  • Cawayu, Atamhi (2020). Reconstructing transnational adoption networks in Bolivia: Perspectives from Bolivian adoption intermediaries and orphanage staff members. International Conference: Irregularities in Transnational Adoptions and Child Appropriations: Challenges for Reparation Practices, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, 3-5 September 2020.
  • Cawayu, Atamhi (2020). “From Our Rotting Bodies, Politics Shall Grow”: Necropolitics, Social Death and Transnational Adoption. International Conference: Colonial/Racial Histories, National Narratives and Transnational Migration, University of Helsinki, Finland, 12-14 August, 2020
  • Bex, Christof & De Graeve Katrien (2019). From primal wound to colonial wound: Reclaiming the narrative of healing by Bolivian adoptees in Flanders, Belgium, XI AFIN International Conference: Toward Reproductive (In)justice? - University of Granada, 4-6 September 2019
  • Bex, Christof (2019). Between colonialism and modernity: A decolonial and feminist perspective on transnational adoption from Latin America, Chilean Adoptees Worldwide EU-conference, Amsterdam, 25 May 2019
  • Bex, Christof (2019). Over (koloniale) wonden en healing: Transnationaal geadopteerden in de diaspora, Symposium interlandelijke adoptie, Brussels, 27 April 2019. 
  • Bex, Christof (2019). The politics of re-kinning: Reunion in transnational adoption from Bolivia, International Conference: Contested Kinship - 

    Georg-August-University Göttingen, 14-16 March 2019.

  • Bex, Christof (2019). From adoptee to adoption researcher: Investigating intercountry adoption in Bolivia, 1st International Gathering NBA, Brussels, 26 January 2019
  • Bex, Christof (2018). Algunas reflexiones como el sistema de adopción influya las vidas de personas adoptadas. Conservatorio 'La adopción, una forma de hacer familia', Ministery of Justice in La Paz, 6 December 2018.
  • Bex, Christof (2018). Ser adoptado en Bélgica: Experiencias de los adoptados bolivianos en Bélgica. Universidad Salisianas in La Paz, 28 August 2018. 
  • Bex, Christof (2018). Eating the adoptee: Cultural commodification, Whiteness and interracial intimacies in Belgian-Bolivian adoption, CRCG Brown Bag Seminar - Ghent University, 20 June 2018.
  • Bex, Christof (2018). Eating the adoptee: Cultural commodification, Whiteness and adoptees' resistance in Bolivian-Belgian adoption, RHEA Research Semniar - Free University of Brussels, 13 March 2018.
  • Bex, Christof (2017). A Journey to the Past: Power and Privilege in Searching for First Parents in Bolivian Transnational Adoption, AFIN Workshop - Autonomous University of Barcelona, 16 November 2017.