Kinships: Cultural Anthropology at the 2009 AAA meetings

Cultural Anthropology Public Advisory Board Session 2: Thematizing Gender and Sexuality

Roundtable Discussion: Saturday December 5, 2009 12:30-1:30 pm; Room 412, 4th Floor

"Beyond Marriage: Thematizing Gender & Sexuality"


"Pete helps." November 20, 2012 via Rodney Collins.

On Saturday, December 5th, from 12:30-1:30, Cultural Anthropology will convene a special session "Thematizing Gender & Sexuality." The session will explore the work of a New York based performance group that will open a discussion between legal scholars, artists,  anthropologists, and the current and future editors of the journal concerned with the future of anthropological inquiry into Gender & Sexuality broadly understood.

How might anthropologists expand the domain of inquiry to study ever emergent forms of sociality? In what ways might the journal of Cultural Anthropology lead the conversation concerning kinships, intimacies, gender, and sexuality? With what communities of practice might anthropologists engage to enhance the theoretical, empirical, and methodological scope of anthropological inquiry?

Partipants in the session will consider the journal's focus on Gender & Sexuality as well as discuss new directions in the anthropology of Gender & Sexuality. The aim of the session is to collaboratively expand the scope and relevance of the journal's participation in related contemporary debates. We will also consider how to build the journal's online presence and community.

Panelist & Respondent Profiles:

Spliff is one of the founding members and the Executive Producer of DisGraceLanD FamilY. He has performed with Circus Contraption, Coney Island Sideshows by the Seashore, the Squidling Bros Circus Sideshow, CoRE, Skin Mechanics Suspension, Hooked, Nu-Ethix, and many others.

Anne Allison is Professor and Chair of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. She researches the ways in which desire seeps into, reconfirms, or reimagines socio-economic relations in various contexts in postwar Japan. Dr. Allison, in collaboration with Charlie Piot, is the next co-editor of Cultural Anthropology.

Jeff A. Redding is Assistant Professor of Law at Saint Louis University School of Law.  His research interests are in the areas of comparative law and religion, comparative secularism, legal pluralism, and family law, and he is a participant in the transnational “JUST - India” research consortium concerning justice and governance in India and South Asia.

Pardis Mahdavi is currently a Research Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and an ACLS Fellow on leave from her position as Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Gender and Women's studies at Pomona College in Los Angeles, CA. Her research focuses on the intersection of sexuality, gender, health, and human rights in the Middle East.

Moderator: Rodney Collins is the Qatar Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. His work analyzes the complex circuitry of market-state-society in North Africa, especially as it irradiates the formation of contemporary male subjectivities in urban Tunisia.