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Female shop window busts for display on a street in Istanbul
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Research area 'Gender, Body, Sexuality'

This research area provides a platform for the debate and ethnographic study of gender, the human body and sexualities in the field of Social and Cultural Anthropology. It is anchored in feminist and queer anthropological approaches that engage in an analysis of the cultural and place-specific dynamics of gender, body and sexuality. The research area seeks to strengthen an ethnographic approach within transdisciplinary Gender and Sexuality Studies on the one hand, and critical approaches to gender and sexualities within (German-speaking) Social and Cultural Anthropology on the other.

We are particularly interested in debates on the material formation of gendered bodies and norms as well as the sensual and affective underpinnings of gendered and sexual subjectivities. Our approach of thinking-with bodily matter draws on new materialist scholarship and is grounded in the idea of the malleabilty and relationality of the human body.

Moreover, the configuration of gendered and sexual selves needs to be seen in the context of global divisions of labour and social inequalities that foster the outsourcing of care and intimate services to gendered and racialized postcolonial subjects. These processes are intricately linked to intersectional oppression along the lines of race/racism, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, dis/ability and age. [read more]

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Anthro Desires - gender & sexualities in context

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AnthroDesires provides a platform for discussing research and issues of gender and sexualities in the field of Social and Cultural Anthropology. It is issued by the “Gender and Sexualities | Queer Anthropology” working group within the German Anthropological Association and the “Gender, Body, Sexualities” team at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology @FU_Berlin. We hope to reach queer/feminist activists and scholars from varied academic backgrounds and encourage students and early career scholars to contribute to and engage with our blog.