Ethnographic knowledge production is a deeply vexed terrain. This two-part roundtable examines queer and feminist approaches to: Part 1) tensions around activism, collaboration & scholarship, and writing choices, and Part 2) epistemology, decolonizing FQE, and contesting categories of analysis.
Years after initial debates emerged about reflexivity, objectivity, reductive individualism, and the social relevance of activist scholarship—particularly in the context of ethnography's colonial legacy—the production of queer and feminist ethnography continue to interrogate and produce critical and creative links among method, theory, epistemology, and social justice. This roundtable brings together queer and feminist scholars who have grappled with producing ethnography in different ways, from different social and political locations, and in a range of geographical contexts. Collectively, we explore what opportunities exist for solidarities in queer and feminist ethnography in this particular political moment. How can ethnographic work lift up and amplify voices versus "speak for" potentially vulnerable groups? How can our modes of writing and engagement disrupt the colonization of knowledges, particularly when we interrogate mobility and migration in (post)colonial contexts? Linked to the conference subtheme Anthropologists as experts: the public uses of anthropology and co-sponsored by the European Network of Queer Anthropology (ENQA) and Network for the Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality (NAGS), this roundtable seeks to tease apart the role of queer and feminist ethnography through the production of methods, epistemologies, theories and practice that contribute to social justice. Drawing from key debates in the field, this roundtable will consider both the disruptive possibilities and the risks of queer and feminist approaches to the production and distribution of ethnography.