This panel seeks to provoke discussion on the value of queer anthropology. We invite papers which reflect on issues of gender, sexuality and beyond in queer, unorthodox or non-normative ways, with the aim of privileging otherwise marginalised voices, methods, and frameworks.
In developing new ways of approaching how we think about gender and sexuality as anthropologists this panel invites papers which engage the queer in anthropology. From destabilising heterosexual, cisgender, and Western understandings of gender and sexuality (Stryker 2006, 2013, Wekker 2006), to queering ethnographic research methodologies (Rutherford 2012), arguing for the importance of an anthropology of queers (Lewin & Leap 1996, 2002), or for a queer approach to less obviously queer subjects (Boellstorff and Dave 2015), this panel seeks to provoke discussion on the value of queer anthropology. We invite papers which reflect on issues of queerness, gender and sexuality in unorthodox, non-normative ways, privileging otherwise marginalised voices, methods, or frameworks, and/or highlighting the always already queer in anthropology. Boellstorff, T and Dave, N. N. 2015. "Introduction: The Production and Reproduction of Queer Anthropology." Theorizing the Contemporary, Fieldsights, July 21. https://culanth.org/fieldsights/introduction-the-production-and-reproduction-of-queer-anthropology Lewin, E., & Leap, W. L. (1996). Out in the field: Reflections of lesbian and gay anthropologists. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. Lewin, E., & Leap, W. L. (2002). Out in Theory: The Emergence of Lesbian and Gay Anthropology. Baltimore: University of Illinois Press. Rutherford, D. (2012). Kinky Empiricism. Cultural Anthropology, 27(3), 465-479. Stryker, S., & Whittle, S. (Eds.). (2006). The Transgender Studies Reader. New York: Routledge. Stryker, S., & Aizura, A. (Eds.). (2013). The Transgender Studies Reader 2. New York; London: Routledge. Wekker, G 2006, The Politics of Passion: Women's sexual culture in the Afro-Surinamese diaspora, Columbia University Press, New York