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Whatever is happening to the critical study of sexual and gender diversity in anthropology? (European Network of Queer Anthropology) 
Paul Boyce (University of Sussex)
Silvia Posocco (Birkbeck, University of London)
Start time:
3 August, 2014 at
Time zone: Europe/Tallinn
Session slots:

Short Abstract:

Despite rich evidence of work on sexual diversity in early anthropology, it is now almost absent in the discipline in the European academy. Converging with the new European Network for Queer Anthropology, this panel discusses sexuality and gender diversity's importance to the discipline's future.

Long Abstract:

Whereas a growing critical body of ethnographically-informed research on sexual and gender diversity is taking place in dispersed locations of the European academy, it remains close-to absent in the discipline of anthropology today. Given this, how might a critical ethnographic focus on sexual/gender diversity contribute to rethinking anthropological analysis and its dominant orthodox normativities, contributing to anthropology's relevance into the future? Why and how is sexual and gender difference central to our understanding of broader constellations of intimacy, belonging, and revolution? In what ways does the marginalization of 'queer' anthropology index broader exclusions and hierarchies in the discipline, and how do we challenge and change them? Arguing for the importance of a 'queer' perspective to anthropological inquiry 'proper', we invite papers on themes such as, but not limited to: ongoing struggles to define the proper and divergent constellations of marriage, kinship and relatedness globally; the tensions between religion, state and secularity; im/migrations, racism, nationalism, and citizenship; hierarchies and geopolitics of love and intimacy; governmentality and its democratic deficit; globalization, 'Fortress Europe' and the economic crisis; sexual and gender transitions and the politics of (mis)recognition; the ethics and politics of disciplinary practice at university institutions, in academic publishing, and in non-textual practice.

We welcome submissions that engage these questions and connections - and more - in our ambition to put the anthropology of gender/sexual diversity back into the centre of anthropological and interdisciplinary collaborative projects, within and beyond academia. Student papers, polemic think pieces, work-in-progress, and alternative submission formats very welcome.

Accepted papers:

Session 1