Presentations, workshops and conferences
- 'Secrecy and Ignorance: Guerrilla Modes of Knowlege, Relation and Connection in Guatemala', Cultures of Ignorance, Panel convened by Jennifer Diggins (Sussex) and Jonathan Mair (Manchester), 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Manchester, 5-10 August 2013.
- Discussant, ‘The Right to Truth, Justice and Reparation in Latin America’, Conference organised by Ainhoa Montoya, Institute for the Study of the Americas, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, 4 June 2013.
- 'Violence and Affective States in Latin America', Panel co-covened by Frank Smith and Silvia Posocco, Society for Latin American Studies Annual Conference, Manchester, 11-12 April 2013.
- 'Habeas Corpus: Transnational Adoption, Subjectivities and Relations 'under Erasure' and Reconfigurations of the Body Politics in Contemporary Guatemala', Panel on 'Overcoming neoliberal subjectivities in Latin America: from disengagement to new political practices, identities and collectivities', convened by Susanne Hofmann (Leeds University) and Ainhoa Montoya (University of Manchester), SLAS Conference, Manchester 11-12 April 2013.
- ‘The Problem of Context: Scale, Relation and Perspective in Queer Studies', Queering Regions Research Symposium organised by Cuneyt Cakirlar and Hongwei Bao, Nottingham Trent University, 7 February 2013.
- 'Performative Analogies, Technologies of Enfleshment: Transnational Adoption and/as Migration in Guatemala', Bodies of Circulation: Juxtaposing Migration and Adoption, Panel convened by Jessaca Leinaweaver (Brown University) and Sonja van Wichelen (University of Western Sydney), American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 14-18 November 2012.
- 'Queer Necropolis: Rethinking Global Urbanism through Transnational Adoption in Guatemala City', World, City, Queer: the Sexual Politics of Global Urbanism, International Workshop convened by Natalie Oswin, Department of Geography, McGill University, Montreal, 7 - 8 September 2012 (invited).
- 'An Introduction to a Concept Metaphor', Homonationalisms: Patters of Self-determination and Assimilation, Panel organised by Tiziana Mancinelli and Sergio Rigoletto, Transnational Italy: National Identity and the World Atlas Conference, Reading University, 13-14 July 2012.
- 'Irregularities, Search and Identities' Panel, Growing Up and Coming of Age as an Adopteed in Spain AFIN Workshop, Instituto Universitario de la Familia, Universidad de Comillas, Madrid, 5 July 2012 (invited).
- 'Rethinking Structural Violence in Latin America and Beyond', SLAS Annual Conference, Sheffield, 18-20 April 2012.
- 'Reproductive Futurism, Carnal Logics and Neoliberal Adjustment: Transnational Adoption in Postwar Guatemala', Queer Feminist Futures: Temporalities of Gender, Sexuality, and Justice in An Age of Neoliberal Risk and (In)Security Panel, convened by John (Song Pae) Cho and Michelle Marzullo, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, 16-20 November 2011 (panel sponsored by Association for Queer Anthropology and Committee for Minority Issues in Anthropology).
- Contested Mobility: People, Commodities and Policies across Latin America and the Caribbean, NALACS Annual Conference, Leiden, 13-14 October.
- Contours of Development: New Research on Migration, Politics and Policy between the Americas and Europe, Joint Initiative for the Study of the Americas and the Caribbean Funded Conference, London, 25 February 2011 (invited).
- 'Secrecy and Insurgency: Socialities and Knowledge Practices in Peten, Guatemala', Panel on 'The Circulation of Secrets: Ethnography, Publics and the Politics of Knowledge', convened by Lindsay Smith, Lilith Mahmud and Noah Tamarkin, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 17-21 November 2010.
- 'Murderous Inclusions: The Queer Necropolitics of Citizenship and the Wars without End’, Panel co-convened with Adi Kuntsman and Jin Haritaworn, Dissident Citizenship: Queer Postcolonial Belonging, University of Sussex, 10-11 June 2010 and Beyond Citizenship: Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging International Conference, Birkbeck, 30 June - 2 July 2010.
- 'Fissured legality and affective states in the transnational adoption archives in Guatemala’, Seminar in Anthropological Theory, Anthropology Department, London School of Economics, 5 March 2010 and Department of Psychosocial Studies Research Seminar, Birkbeck, 26 April 2010.
- 'Expedientes: fissured legality and affective states in the transnational adoption archives in Guatemala’, Conference on the Political Life of Documents: Archives, Memory and Contested Knowledge, Cambridge University, 15 -16 January 2010 (invited).
- ‘Expedientes: fissured legality and affective states in the transnational adoption archives in Guatemala’, panel on ‘The life of documents: new beginnings, new ends’ convened by Christopher Kaplonski and Catherine Trundle, American Anthropological Association International Conference, Philadelphia, 2 - 6 December 2009.
- Chair, panel on ‘Queer Necropolitics: Lives, Deaths and the Ends of Queer Anthropology’ convened by Adi Kuntsman, American Anthropological Association International Conference, Philadelphia, December 2009.
- ‘Witnessing Águila’s Death: Archive, Testimony, Periperformativity’, Anthropology in London: Current Research 2009, One-Day Conference, London, 15 June 2009.
- ‘Witnessing Águila’s Death: Notes on Ethnography in the Aftermath of Insurgency’, Second Workshop on Ethnographies of Activism, convened by Henrike Donner and Sharad Chari, London 9 May 2009.
- ‘The Impersonal as Queer Horizon’, Discussant, ‘Violence, Solidarity, Affect: A Workshop on Transnational Genders and Sexualities’ Workshop convened by Jin Haritaworn, London, 8 May 2009.
- ‘“Conjuring Up”: Strathernograms Revisited’, Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth International Conference, Anthropological Relationships as Appropriations and Investments, Auckland, December 2008.
- ‘Between Biopolitics and Necropolitics: Regulating International Adoption in the Postcolony’, Gender and Regulation: A Global/Local Conversation, Centre for the Study of Law, Gender and Sexuality, University of Kent, Canterbury, June 2008.
- ‘A Comment on Ethics’, Respondent and Discussant, Panel on Activist Ethics, Ethnographies of Activism International Workshop, LSE, March 2008.
- ‘Performativities: Contexts, Domains, Perspectives’ International Workshop, co-organized with Sadie Wearing, 3 November 2007. This event was a key component of our ongoing research project seeking to track and analyse the multiple and complex permutations of theories of performativity across domains of knowledge in the humanities and social sciences, through, inter alia, multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary dialogues with scholars in fields as diverse as theoretical physics, social studies of finance, cultural studies, social anthropology, gender studies and queer theory. Invited speakers at the one-day workshop included Karen Barad, University of California Santa Cruz; Judith Butler, University of California Berkeley; Shoshana Felman, Emory University; Donald Mackenzie, University of Edinburgh; Diane Negra, University of East Anglia; Carolyn Pedwell, London School of Economics; Kalpana Ram, Macquarie University Sydney; Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, City University of New York; Susan Squier, Pennsylvania State University; Shirley Anne Tate, University of Leeds. The event was generously funded by the British Academy, the Sociology Department Research Fund and the Roberts Researcher Development Fund.
- ‘A Merography of Zones and Borders: Thinking Divisions as Relations in Petén, Guatemala’, Walls: Critical Legal Studies Conference, Birkbeck College, University of London, September 2007.
- ‘Re-zoning: nature, culture and politics in and around the Maya Biosphere, Petén, Guatemala’, Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth Annual Conference, Cosmopolitanism and Anthropology, Environmental Cosmopolitans Panel, Keele University, UK, 2006.
- ‘Globalisation, Governmentality and Failure through the Prism of Petén, Guatemala‘, Royal Geographical Society International Conference, Panel on ‘Globalising Failures’, London, UK, 2006.
2002 - 2005
- 'Gubernamentalidad y Modernidad Vernácula en Petén, Guatemala’, [Governmentality and Vernacular Modernity in Petén, Guatemala], International Conference on Sustainable Development, Environmental Governance, Santa Elena, Petén, Guatemala, 2005.
- '"The primordial basis of man is that he be secret”: secrecy and ambivalence in post-civil conflict Petén, Guatemala’, Perspectives on Conflict Conference, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2002.