Research Tea, with Margot Weiss

Thursday, April 26, 2012 -
3:00pm to 4:15pm
Event Location: 
106 Bowman House
Iowa City, IA 52242

Come and talk over tea and cookies with Margot and others about the process of completing an academic book. We invite participants to come with questions, their own stories to tell, and an interest in thinking together about issues like:

* ethical questions that emerge when conducting research on sexuality, queerness, race and ethnicity, class, citizenship, or ability

* discomforts and pleasures of ethnographic fieldwork

*  interdisciplinary writing

* research that challenges the norms or core values of our disciplines or communities

Margot Weiss is assistant professor of American studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University. She specializes in the ethnography of contemporary sexual cultures and politics. Her first book, Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality (Duke University Press 2011), is an ethnography of BDSM (kinky) communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also completing a small comparative project on the queer temporality of BDSM play with national trauma in the United States and Germany. Her current research, Visions of Sexual Justice, is a comparative ethnography of discourses of sexual rights, freedom, and justice among contemporary LGBT/queer activists in the United States and Canada. The research is supported by a Wenner-Gren Post-Ph.D. Research Grant, Osmundsen Initiative Award, and CLAGS Joan Heller-Diane Bernard Senior Fellowship in Lesbian and Gay Studies.

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