This roundtable explores the (ongoing) histories of European queer anthropology by reflecting on the specific trajectories of queer thought and scholarship within anthropology across the different national and institutional contexts of European academia.
Queer scholarship shifts epistemological and methodological boundaries. Radically changing how gender and sexuality can be understood and researched, queer_ing anthropology unsettled traditions within European academia. Yet how queer thought made its way into anthropological debates varied across national and institutional contexts. This roundtable discusses, compares, and contrasts the (ongoing) histories of European queer anthropology and queer_ing anthropology in Europe. Anika Keinz discusses how we can contribute to queer_ing anthropology in research and teaching. She reflects upon how anthropology's (ongoing) discussions about representation and power relations as well as (self-)reflexivity, the role of biography and empathy could be enhanced by insights from queer theory and feminist scholarship. Ting-Fai Yu discusses how the transnational experiences of gay men from Hong Kong shaped their perceptions of homophobia and anti-queer violence. He highlights the historical relevance of class and argues for the revitalization of cosmopolitanism as a paradigm for the understanding of mobile and postcolonial subjects in queer anthropology. Annika Strauss reflects her encounter with Ajay, an openly gay and HIV positive inpatient in a mental hospital in Mumbai, India. This encounter caused her to closely examine her own experiences of gender, sex and sexuality, an experience of being queered by people she met in the field. Ulrika Dahl reflects on the development of queer anthropology through the lens of feminist scholarship and activism. She will take point of departure in feminist sexual politics, the intersectionalities of queer feminities, and queer kinship in order to reflect on the trajectories of queer-feminist thought in European anthropology.