This volume draws on the significance of the work of Marilyn Strathern in respect of its potential to queer anthropological analysis and to foster the reimagining of the object of anthropology.
The authors examine the ways in which Strathern’s varied analytics facilitate the construction of alternative forms of anthropological thinking, and greater understanding of how knowledge practices of queer objects, subjects and relations operate and take effect.
Queering Knowledge offers an innovative collection of writing, bringing about queer and anthropological syntheses through Strathern’s oeuvre. It will be relevant to scholars from anthropology as well as a number of other disciplines, including gender, sexuality and queer studies.
*Winner of the 2020 Ruth Benedict Prize for Outstanding Edited Volume*
Table of Contents
List of contributors; Acknowledgements; Introduction. Paul Boyce, E.J. Gonzalez-Polledo and Silvia Posocco; Chapter 1. E.J. Gonzalez-Polledo: Wild Gender; Chapter 2. Irene Peano: The (Im)possibilities of Transgression, or, Reflections on the Awkward Relation between Strathern and Queer Politics; Chapter 3. Antu Sorainen: Gay Back Alley Tolstoys and Inheritance Perspectives: Re-Imagining Kinship in Queer Margins; Chapter 4. Hadley Renkin: Partial Perversity and Perverse Partiality in Postsocialist Hungary; Chapter 5. Paul Boyce: Properties, Substance, Queer Affects: Ethnographic Perspective and HIV in India; Chapter 6. Hoon Song: Prefigured "Defection" in Korea; Chapter 7. Silvia Posocco: Postplurality: An Ethnographic Tableau; Chapter 8. Annelin Eriksen and Christine M. Jacobsen: On Feminist Critique and How the Ontological Turn is Queering Anthropology; Chapter 9. Conceptuality in Relation: Sarah Franklin in conversation with Silvia Posocco, Paul Boyce, and E.J. Gonzalez-Polledo; Chapter 10. Henrietta L. Moore: How Exactly Are We Related?; Index
Paul Boyce is Senior Lecturer in the Anthropology and International Development at the University of Sussex, UK. He works at intersections of anthropological theory and global health research and is currently preparing a monograph – Sexualities, HIV and Ethnograpghy: Sexual Worldings and Queer Misrecognitions in India. His recent co-edited book is entitled Researching Sex and Sexualities.
E.J. Gonzalez-Polledo is a lecturer in the Anthropology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. Gonzalez-Polledo’s research interests encompass gender transition; health, the biosciences and biosociality; and digital infrastructures. Gonzalez-Polledo is currently developing two major research projects on synthetic biology and biohacking, and forensic bioinformation.
Silvia Posocco is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, UK. Posocco’s research focuses on gender, sexuality, violence, life and death. Current projects include a monograph on transnational adoptions circuits in the aftermath of war in Guatemala and new research on forensic biorepositories, bioinformation and evidence.