Gender, Sexuality, and the Body

Gender and sexuality are central domains of social life and political belonging that emerge at the intersection of discourse and embodied performance, commodification and desire, governance and economy. Rather than treat gender and sexuality as universal realms of “natural” difference, anthropologists at Harvard examine how various normative and queer masculinities and femininities materialize within culturally and historically specific fields of power and inequality. Approached in this way, erotic subjectivities and gender identities speak of the complex articulations of bodies, intimacies and affects with the dynamics of global capitalism and modern forms of sovereignty. We are particularly interested in how disparate theories of gender and sexuality figure into discussions about citizenship, state formation and violence; race, ethnicity and global cultures of consumption; medicine and bio-citizenship; censorship and political culture.

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