Queer Animacies: Disorienting Materialities in Archaeology
Author(s): Jamie Arjona
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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