Events of ENQA
ENQA at EASA2018
ENQA panels and roundtables at the 2018 EASA conference in Stockholm
ENQA invites all its members and interested scholars in queer anthropology to submit papers and presentations to the following panels and roundtables. For more information on submissions please check the EASA call for papers webpage.
P035 Cruising the Frontiers of Time and Space: towards an anthropology of queer crossings
Agnieszka Koscianska (University of Warsaw)
Hadley Renkin (Central European University)
Queer mobilities and border crossings are neither new phenomena nor limited to queer subjects; they encompass past and present queer (and anti-queer) practices, identities, socialities, politics, and mechanisms of knowledge production. Extensive transnational networks of sex, sociality, and knowledge within the Eastern Bloc, for example, were often ignored by postsocialist scholars and activists (East and West) in favor of Western models of identity, community, and politics; patterns of boundary-marking and crossing which have also grounded regional heteronationalist politics. Similar dynamics have been observed in other regions.
This panel cruises queer histories crossing and challenging, as well as affirming, spatiotemporal borders (East/West; North/South, past/present) to ask how historical circulations and borderings of queer identities, socialities, knowledges, and politics set the stage for their current patterns, and how they can help us reconsider the theoretical and methodological implications of queer (im)mobilities. How can anthropologists study past and present queer crossings? How do past movements, transfers, connections, and disconnections inform current queer, and anti-queer, ties of identity, history, and politics? How can we reimagine the consequences of such analyses of queer relations past and present, for rethinking the borders currently binding both queer and anti-queer hegemonic narratives?
We envision a Roundtable format panel, with short (10 min) papers using cases from diverse global contexts to highlight core theoretical issues of queerness, mobility, and border-crossing, which will then be discussed by the panel as a whole.
P036 Queer and Feminist Ethnography on the Move
Christa Craven (College of Wooster)
Elisabeth L. Engebretsen (University of Oslo)
Heather Tucker (Central European University)
Years after initial debates emerged about reflexivity, objectivity, reductive individualism, and the social relevance of activist scholarship—particularly in the context of ethnography's colonial legacy—the production of queer and feminist ethnography continue to interrogate and produce critical and creative links among method, theory, epistemology, and social justice. This roundtable brings together queer and feminist scholars who have grappled with producing ethnography in different ways, from different social and political locations, and in a range of geographical contexts. Collectively, we explore what opportunities exist for solidarities in queer and feminist ethnography in this particular political moment. How can ethnographic work lift up and amplify voices versus "speak for" potentially vulnerable groups? How can our modes of writing and engagement disrupt the colonization of knowledges, particularly when we interrogate mobility and migration in (post)colonial contexts?
Linked to the conference subtheme Anthropologists as experts: the public uses of anthropology and co-sponsored by the European Network of Queer Anthropology (ENQA) and Network for the Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality (NAGS), this roundtable seeks to tease apart the role of queer and feminist ethnography through the production of methods, epistemologies, theories and practice that contribute to social justice. Drawing from key debates in the field, this roundtable will consider both the disruptive possibilities and the risks of queer and feminist approaches to the production and distribution of ethnography.
P039 Tangles of Late Liberalism: Sexuality, Nationalism, and the Politics of Race in Europe
Paul Mepschen (University of Amsterdam)
Patrick Wielowiejski (Humboldt University Berlin)
Christopher Sweetapple (University of Massachusetts)
The era of post-Fordist liberalism has met fierce opposition in the rise of authoritarian far-right neo-nationalisms. While liberal values such as gender equality, multiculturalism, and gay rights continue to proliferate in the institutions of Europe, so too do their adversaries: anti-feminism, Islamophobia, and heterosexism. However, we're not confronted with a clear divide between liberals and anti-liberals, but rather with a tangled ideological web in which globalizing gender equality and gay rights are put into the service of likewise globalizing anti-Muslim discourses and projects.
Interdisciplinary work on homo- and femonationalism has demonstrated how the idea of "European values" has helped generate the figure of "the Muslim" as the fundamental "Other" of Europe. It is the strength of ethnography to complicate and disentangle such historical conjunctures through close attention to everyday practices and lives lived adjacently to the realm of formal politics. Political ethnographies attuned to recent theoretical developments in feminist and queer theory, on the one hand, and interdisciplinary investigations of racializations and nation-state formations, on the other, have begun to reveal the contours and dimensions of this tangled web of surprising coalitions, novel assemblages and (re)invented traditions.
We are looking to include ethnographically informed contributions focusing on the everyday politics of sexual democracy and sexual nationalisms. Bringing together ethnographers working at differentangles of this ideological field - from far-right parties to queer grassroots activism - this panel aims at challenging and updating our theoretical vocabularies on the intersectionality of neo-nationalism, racism, and the far right.
P047 (Un)Settling the discipline? the histories of queer_ing anthropology in Europe
Sebastian Mohr (Karlstad University) email
Anika Keinz (Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt/O) email
Michael Connors Jackman (Memorial University of Newfoundland) email
Queer scholarship shifts epistemological and methodological boundaries. Radically changing how gender and sexuality can be understood and researched, queer_ing anthropology unsettled long standing traditions within European academia. Yet how queer thought made its way into anthropological debates varied across the different national and institutional contexts of European anthropology. While queer anthropology fits into some national and institutional contexts rather well in others it does not and remains marginalized. This messy process of (un)settling the discipline needs our attention if we are to understand when and how queer_ing anthropology comes to matter and what difference it makes in the development of the discipline of anthropology. For this panel we thus invite scholars to discuss, compare, and contrast the (ongoing) histories of European queer anthropology and queer_ing anthropology in Europe. How did and does queer scholarship in European anthropology emerge? What particular obstacles did and does this scholarship face? How do queer critiques change epistemological and methodological debates, and how and where do they not? How is queer_ing anthropology combined with other critical approaches (postcolonial, trans, crip, race)? What controversies have changed, and continue to change, European queer anthropology? How does the (career) movement of scholars (re)define queer anthropology? How is the transition from queer anthropoloGISTS to queer anthropoloGY connected to the (de)professionalization and (de)institutionalization of queer_ing anthropology? By exploring these and related questions, this panel invites scholars to reflect on how queer anthropology's epistemological, methodological and analytical interventions came/come to matter within European anthropology and ethnographic knowledge production.
The pasts, presents, and futures of queer mobilities: transnational movements of ideas, concepts, and people
2nd Workshop of the European Network for Queer Anthropology (ENQA)
7th-8th of September, 2017 – Central European University, Budapest
Conference home page: https://enqa2017.wordpress.com/
Panel: Connection and contestation in queer anthropology (P140) EASA conference Milan 2016
Convenors: Shaka McGlotten (Purchase College-SUNY) and Margot Weiss (Wesleyan University)
This panel explored the future(s) of queer anthropology by attending to connections and contestations between anthropological and other ways of knowing, and between the concepts that ground our fields: queer, gender, sexuality, desire.:
Panel: Public and private redrawn: geosocial sex and the offline (P135) EASA conference Milan 2016
Convenors: Matthew McGuire (Cambridge) Michael Connors Jackman (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
ENQA board members participated in the annual meeting of the AAA in Minneapolis in November 2016.
Workshop: Queer Devices
On September 11-13 ENQA held its first workshop at the Central European University, Budapest. It gathered twenty scholars and scholar-activists from different countries, in different stages of their careers, to discuss their work, research collaborations, publishing initiatives, and network. The workshop organized two open panels at CEU on queer anthropology and the current refugee crisis in Europe, with specific focus on the Hungarian and southeast European perspectives.
Panel: Whatever is Happening to the Critical Study of Gender and Sexual Diversity in
EASA Conference Tallinn 2014.
The panel was well attended and spurred a roundtable debate among key participants/presenters. This was recorded and later transcribed into an essay format, as it will be published in an issue of Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, edited and with an introduction by Mark Graham (Stockholm University).
Panel: Same-sex Sexualities and Ethnic Minorities in Europe (P080). EASA Conference Tallinn
Co-sponsored with the Gender and Sexuality Network, this panel, too, generated much interest and thus assisted in building the profile of ENQA and the critical study of gender and sexuality in European Anthropology.
Business meeting at the EASA conference in Tallinn, 2014.
ENQA organized its first business meeting at the EASA conference, with about twenty-five attendees. We discussed plans for publishing, meetings, network building, organization, and support work more generally. We are working to follow up on these conversations in the year ahead, with particular focus on building support networks, furthering our digital communication platforms, and organizing events.