Outings in Queer Anthropology
Taught By: Sarah Chant
This class will explore queer ethnography in its many iterations, paying close attention to how anthropologists and other theorists have understood and brought together two notoriously slippery terms—queer and ethnography. Each week we will read an excerpt from an ethnography or multimedia piece formally or informally designated (within and beyond anthropology) as “queer ethnography.” Through the lens of queer ethnography, the readings will also introduce students to topics in medical anthropology, Black studies, performance studies, anthropology of empire, disability studies, visual anthropology, and the use of ethnographic writing outside of anthropology. Through these readings, screenings, and listening exercises, students will develop an understanding of the varied and occasionally contentious criteria for what makes some anthropology, and ethnography, “queer.” Throughout the semester, students will work on a proposal for a queer ethnographic project in which both terms—queer and ethnography—take on specific and perhaps unexamined or unexpected forms, such as employing different genres of writing, like poetry, or exploring subjects beyond the human. Students will develop literature reviews, research questions, and preliminary research methodologies for this ethnographic project, and the final assignment will be a reflection on the possibilities of the project and its implications for queer ethnography, emphasizing the speculative and imaginative process of designing an ethnographic project. By the end of the course, students will have an introductory understanding of work in queer anthropology/ethnography and the basics of research project development.
College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)
Department: Anthropology (LANT)
Campus: New York City (GV)
Course Format: Seminar (R)
Max Enrollment: 18
Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)
Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)
Seats Available: Yes
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