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Queer Animacies: Disorienting Materialities in Archaeology

Author(s): Jamie Arjona

Year: 2015

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  This essay draws from contemporary strands of affect and materiality in queer theory to discuss a network of queer animacies in the historic record.  Using examples of late 19th and early 20th century jook joints , I explore a range of affective material relationships that threaten heteronormative ideals.  This attempts to move beyond privileging sexual acts and orientations as defining queerness, towards a queer historical framework attuned to the vast network of human and material affiliations that queered social norms (Blackmore 2011).  I illustrate how spatial and material textures can create transgressive atmospheres that reciprocally stick to human bodies.  These historical ontologies and the political forces that vilified them urge us to consider a world of queer matter beyond representations of identity and sexual orientation.  They remind us of contemporary material engagements that disrupt normative conceptions of intimacy and offer a theoretical framework for queer perspectives in historical archaeology.  

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Queer Animacies: Disorienting Materialities in Archaeology. Jamie Arjona. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434171)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America