CONFERENCE: Queering Anthropology

Event time: 
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 5:00pm to Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 1:00pm
Dept of Anthropology See map
10 Sachem Street, Rm 105
Event description: 

queering anthropology: a yale lgbt studies conference
february 12-15, 2015
Organized by Karen Nakamura with Jafari Allen, Vanessa Agard-JonesInderpal Grewal, and Kathryn Lofton. Funded by Yale LGBT Studies and the Kempf Fund with support from WGSS and the Department of Anthropology. Staff support from Linda Hase and Maureen Gardner.

All events are open to the public with the exception of the meals.

martin manalansan/u-illinois | queer metrics: toward an anthropology of small things
don kulick/u-chicago | the care of an other
gloria wekker/utrecht | how queer is queer in the house of anthropology

Thursday February 12, 2015

6:00p Dinner (for presenters only)

7:30 Welcoming speeches and introductions

8:00 Keynote Address - Martin Manalansan (U-Illinois)

Queer Metrics: Toward an Anthropology of Small Things

Respondent – Inderpal Grewal (Yale)

Note: The venue for the Thursday evening events is HGS Rm. 211 (320 York Street, New Haven). All other events will be held in Rm 105 of the Department of Anthropology (10 Sachem Street, New Haven)

Friday February 13, 2015

8:30a Coffee and muffins

9:00 Keynote Address - Don Kulick (Chicago)  The Care of an Other

Respondent – Karen Nakamura (Yale)

10:20 Sex, virginity and pregnancy

Chair: Christa Craven (Wooster)

Nessette Falu (Lehigh) - Queering Virginity: Lésbicas Negras’Ethico-Political Negotiations of ‘De-sexualization’ in Brazilian Gynecology
Christa Craven (Wooster) - Revisiting Queer Reproductive Futures: Lessons from Feminist Activist Ethnography
Mary Weismantel (Northwestern)– Making babies with things

Friday February 13, 2015

11:20 Subjectivity and Embodiment

Chair: Evelyn Blackwood (Purdue)

Evelyn Blackwood (Purdue) - Subjectivity and embodiment in queer anthropology: Reflections on tombois, transmen and lesbians.
Saskia Wieringa (Amsterdam) What use is queer?embodiment and the sliding scale of subversion of heteronormativity in Asia
Vanessa Agard-Jones (Yale) - Body Burdens: On Chemical Entanglement in Martinique

12:30p Lunch (for presenters only)

1:30 Roundtable – First Books, First Chapters

Chair: Scott Morgensen (Queens)

The scholars in this roundtable recently published their first books. Reading the first chapter of each, what do their substantive cases and critical intentions teach us about queer interventions into anthropological theory or the practice of ethnography?

Naisargi Dave (Toronto) – Queer Activism in India (2012)
Shaka McGlotten (Purchase) – Virtual Intimacies (2013)
Noelle Stout (NYU) – After Love (2014)
Marcia Ochoa (UCSC) – Queen for a Day (2014)

3:00 Low Tea (all welcome)

3:30 Queerly (Not) Queer

Chair: Karen Nakamura (Yale)

Ellen Lewin (Iowa) – Who’s Queer, What’s Queer? Queer anthropology through the lens of ethnography
Roger Lancaster (GMU) The new pariahs
Rudi Gaudio (Purchase) - eros/desire in urban planning, nation and race in Nigeria

4:30p Writing (queer) politics

Chair: Don Kulick (Chicago)

Margot Weiss (Wesleyan) – Critical desires: queer studies after anti-normativity
Petra Ostergren (Lund) – Swedish sex laws and quiet queers
Lyndon Gill (U-Texas) – From Far Afield: a Queer Travelogue

7:00 Dinner (for presenters only)

After-dinner conversation – Drama

Discussion leader: Lawrence Cohen (Berkeley)

This roundtable explores the mess or excesses—in senses productive and destructive, politically and intellectually troubling or generative or both—of the relationships researchers enter into in the course of making anthropology.

Saturday February 2014

8:30a Muffins and Coffee

9:00 Keynote Address – Gloria Wekker (Utrecht)  How Queer is Queer in the House of Anthropology?

Respondent – Jafari Allen (Yale)

10:30 Special Event: Fishbowl - No Queer Futures

Chairs: Tom Boellstorff (UC Irvine) and Noelle Stout (NYU)

How do we mark continuities between our more explicitly queer-oriented research and new fields and domains. What does it mean for queer anthropology to “move on”? How might the concept of “moving on,” rather than a theme of abandonment, double as an incitement to “move or act upon” anthropological inquires which are not interpellated as queer?

11:30 Closing Thoughts

12:00 Departures

queering anthropology is funded by yale lgbt studies and the kempf fund with support from wgss and the department of anthropology