Mark Graham
Mark Graham

In this episode of AnthroTalking we interview Mark Graham, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University. He was trained in Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and published his doctoral dissertation in Sweden at Stockholm University in 1999. Besides his work on refugee studies; material culture and consumption; organisational studies; sustainable urban development and planning; a main interest of his has always been gender and sexuality.

Mark Graham is specifically interested in the theoretical conceptualization of queerness and seeks new ways to extend its scope beyond merely sexual phenomena to include a wide range of areas of anthropological concerns. In this episode, he explains his concept of materiality within queer theory as developed in his recent publication, “Anthropological Explorations in Queer Theory”. He talks about the intriguing relation of queerness and smells and reveals what he finds attractive about doing fieldwork in Australia. He also gives advice on how to talk about queer topics in everyday life.

Published on:

June 18, 2015

Created by:

Fredrik Nyman and Eva-Maria Walther

Keywords:

Mark Graham, anthropology, queer, queer theory, Australia, Stockholm, materiality, smells, sexuality, gender, metaphysics

Further information:

References:

  • Baudrillard, Jean 1975. The Mirror of Production, trans. M. Poster. St. Louis: Telos Press.
  • Baudrillard, Jean 1981 [1972]. For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign, trans. C. Levin. St. Louis: Telos Press.
  • Durkheim, Émile 1982. What is a Social Fact? In S. Lukes, ed., trans. W. D. Hall The Rules of Sociological Method. New York: The Free Press.
  • Foucault, Michel 1978. The History of Sexuality: Vol. 1, An Introduction. New York: Pantheon.
  • Graham, Mark 1998. Follow the Yellow Brick Road: An Anthropological Outing in Queer Space. Ethnos 63(1): 102–32.
  • Graham, Mark 2014. Anthropological Explorations in Queer Theory. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Ingold, Tim 2011. Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description. Abingdon: Routledge.

Cite as:

Nyman, Fredrik and Eva-Maria Walther “Mark Graham on his book ‘Anthropological Explorations in Queer Theory’” AnthroTalking: Podcasts at Stockholm University’s Department of Social Anthropology, online June 18, 2015, http://www.socant.su.se/english/about-us/anthrotalking/mark-graham-on-his-book-anthropological-explorations-in-queer-theory-1.240490

Music:

“Flutter” by Jahzzar