Queer Futures

This series brings together a cohort of anthropologists to reflect on queer anthropology as a historically situated intellectual formation and research community. Rather than diagnosing the status of queer anthropology in the present, our project here is to see how queered analytics can evolve, change, and morph in productive ways in anthropologists' subsequent projects. The contributors, including the two of us, conducted dissertation research and wrote first books that drew on a genealogy of queer anthropology and hoped to further those discussions, even if “queer” was not necessarily a unifying term for us or our interlocutors. While retaining multiple and ongoing interests in queer anthropology, we have all since engaged in research projects that might not seem obviously “queer.” In these essays, we discuss how our later projects have been intimately informed by our earlier research and by queer anthropology, more broadly. We also explore how this parallel dynamic in our own careers speaks to questions of knowledge production and reproduction, and thus to alternate models of futurity and collaboration. Like other anthropologists who have experimented with substantive shifts in their research trajectories, we are interested in the coherences and disjunctures, the payoffs and risks of such turns. We are less concerned here with pandisciplinary paradigm shifts than we are in the incremental ways that our conceptual work can find new coordinates and be mobilized in new ethnographic contexts. The series concludes with a question by Bruno Latour, posed at the American Anthropological Association meetings where these reflections were originally presented. With his kind permission, we have included this question and added brief responses by each of us.

Posts in This Series

Introduction: The Production and Reproduction of Queer Anthropology

Resisting a Straight Narrative: The Politics of Visibility Beyond (My) Identity Politics

Porous Pleasures

Queer Respites

Emergent Coherences

Modern Desires in Urban Nigeria

The Messy Itineraries of Queerness

Autobiography, Queer Time, and the Future

A Question from Bruno Latour