Information on Queer Archaeology


Here you will find links about Queer Archaeology:

Queer Archaeology Interest Group – Society for American Archaeology

“The Queer Archaeology Interest Group will function as a formal network of SAA members who are interested in a broad range of professional research and scholarly issues concerning sexuality and LGBTQI archaeologists and allies interested in supporting their LGBTQI colleagues.”

SAA Archaeological Record Special Issue – Towards an Inclusive Queer Archaeology

Archaeologists have increasingly recognized the need to diversify our discipline, yet there is still little discussion of the heteronormative assumptions that linger in research, fieldwork, and classrooms—assumptions that affect both archaeological perspectives and the composition of its practitioners. The contributors to this special issue of The SAA Archaeological Record explore what it means to be a queer archaeologist, the limitations that queer archaeologists face, and the possibilities of building more inclusive spaces.”

Queer Theory and Archaeology – by Nathan Klembara, MAPA Blog (Binghamton University)

Why Should I Care About Queer Archaeology?
Queer archaeologies are especially important in these uncertain times. The Trump administration is legitimizing the alt-right movement in an effort to void past social victories and impose a new normative upon us. Those who live outside of this “new” normative — which is really an old normative rearing its ugly head — are discriminated and legislated against. Originating in social amnesia, and enforced in the law, what is “good” and what is “right” becomes naturalized – we start to believe people have always been heterosexual and cisgender, men have always had political authority, women have always belonged in the domestic sphere, people of European descent have always been the most intelligent, the most advanced, the most moral. Anyone who strays from this standard is deviant, impure, and unnatural.”

LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History – edited by Megan Springate, published by the National Park Service [open access]

“LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History is a publication of the National Park Foundation for the National Park Service and funded by the Gill Foundation. Each chapter is written and peer-reviewed by experts in LGBTQ Studies. For more information on the theme study, please read the LGBTQ Theme Study Fact Sheet. To preview all chapters at once, visit the series home page.”

NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project – a project of the Partner Program of the Fund for the City of New York

“The first initiative to document historic and cultural sites associated with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the five boroughs. Sites illustrate the richness of the city’s LGBT history and the community’s influence on America.”

Queer Anthropology 

The Association for Queer Anthropology 

“The Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA), formerly known as the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (SOLGA), is a section of the American Anthropological Association and was founded in 1988. AQA serves the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other queer and allied anthropologists in the American Anthropological Association.”