Events of ENQA
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
Mobility is a foundational element of queer life, queer ideas and concepts as well as of queer scholarship. As such, queer mobilities - literally and conceptually - characterize European modernity and its academic interpretations in fundamental ways. Queer ideas and concepts, for example, are often born out of movements across margins, norms, and boundaries while also being critically attuned to the risks of reconstituting these separating orders of social life and thought. Another dimension of queer mobilities is the movement of LGBTQ people in search of queer spaces and communities. The constitutive Othering and violent exclusion of queer people from families, friends, and loved ones on grounds of their desires has repeatedly led to the destruction and construction of queer spaces and communities and to the queerly mobile lives of those on the move in European contexts. Heteronormative reactions to queer mobilities as well as the marking of migrants, refugees, vagrants, and travelers as perverse and dangerous, have been constant drivers of social change and its scholarly analysis in Europe. Queer theories, activisms, and politics can be understood as emerging in reaction to the normativities of national socialist ideology, the post-World War Two re-traditionalization of European gender relations, and the mainstreaming of late-twentieth century identity politics. Such movements arise from ongoing disidentifications with oppressive violence, normative concepts of identity, exclusionary ideas of community, and not least also the disciplines of “liberation”. These intertwined dynamics of queer mobilities have been critically consequential for modern social life, politics, and scientific thought. In this workshop, we want to engage with the multifaceted ideas, concepts, conditions, and practices of queer mobilities in order to assess and challenge past, present, and future understandings of the relationships between queerness and mobility.
The European Network for Queer Anthropology invites contributions to re-assess the past, present, and future of queer mobilities in Europe and European academic discourse. As the workshop’s aim is to further discussion and academic exchange, we welcome a range of different formats, ranging from more traditional paper presentations to work in progress (development of ideas, projects, and thoughts), to roundtables and performances, short films and other more artistic or activistic means of representation. We seek contributions that empirically investigate the complex relations between “queerness” and “mobility” as they emerge in the shifting contexts of modern Europe and their analysis by scholars of queer anthropology. We encourage submissions focusing on these concerns in relation to the following (but not limited to) range of topics and sites:
- the development of queer concepts, ideas, and scholarship
- queer(ing) interdisciplinarity and the history of science(s)
- queer mobilities, technologies, education
- transnational migration, race and criminalisation
- patriotism, expat(riotism), urban mobilities and gentrification
- global histories of LGBTQ people
- trans* and queer activism
- trans* and queer (mobility) infrastructures and global intimacies
Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short author biography should be sent to enqaeasa(at)gmail.com by no later than the 31st of May 2017.
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.