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Dr Silvia Posocco

  • Overview

    Overview

    Biography

    I am a social anthropologist with interdisciplinary research interests in gender and sexuality studies and violence, conflict and genocide studies. I have studied ethnographically insurgent movements in Guatemala, the archives of transnational adoption across sites and temporalities, and most recently, forensic archives, bioinformation and cultures of evidence.  

    Highlights

    Office hours

    By appointment.

    Qualifications

    • PhD Anthropology , University of London (London School of Economics Gender Institute)
    • MSc Gender Relations , London School of Economics, University of London
    • BA Social Anthropology/Art-Archaeology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

    Web profiles

    Administrative responsibilities

    • Director of Postgraduate Research
    • Equality and Diversity Lead, Psychosocial Studies
    • Internationalization Lead, Psychosocial Studies
    • Knowledge Exchange Lead, School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy

    Professional activities

    Co-Chair, European Network for Queer Anthropology (ENQA, part of EASA)

    Advisory Board Member, Decolonizing Sexualities Network

    Co-editor, Theorizing Ethnography Book Series, Routledge Anthropology

    Editorial Board Member, Feminist Anthropology

    Editorial Board Member, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology

    Associate Editor, Quaderns de Psicologia

    Advisory Board Member, Association for Research on Childhood and Families (Afin)

    Advisory Board Member, Loving Attachment: Regulating Danish Love Migration (2017-2021)

    Associate Fellow, Sexual Harms and Medical Encounters, SHAME

    Professional memberships

    • American Anthropological Association (AAA)

    • Association of Social Anthropologists of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth (ASA)

    • European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)

    • Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

    • Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS)

    • Guatemala Scholars Network (GSN)

    ORCID

    0000-0002-2075-1480
  • Research

    Research

    Research interests

    • Social Anthropology, Social Theory and Cultural Analysis
    • Transnational Gender and Sexuality Studies and Theories
    • Violence, Conflict and Genocide
    • The Anthropology of the State and the Law
    • Transnational Adoption Circuits, Documents and Archives
    • Forensic Archives, Biorepositories and Bioinformation
    • Relations, Subjectivities, Socialities
    • Ethnography
    • Petén, Guatemala; Tabasco, Quintana Roo, Mexico; London, UK.

    Research overview

    My background is in social anthropology and gender studies. My work to date has focused on a profoundly theoretically inflected ethnographic approach to the study of relations and relational categories through research on socially, culturally and historically situated practices.

    My first research monograph on histories of violence and socialities of secrecy in Petén, northern Guatemala, was published in January 2014 by Alabama University Press. Secrecy and Insurgency: Socialities and Knowledge Practices in Guatemala deals with the experiences of guerrilla combatants of the Fuerzas Armadas Rebeldes (Rebel Armed Forces) in the aftermath of the Peace Accords signed in December 1996 by the Guatemalan government and guerrilla insurgents. The book focuses on 'secrecy' as both sociality and knowledge practice, and demonstrates the relevance of thinking 'gender' in the coalescence of novel objects of analysis in a broad field of contemporary theory.

    I am committed to long-term, albeit intermittent, ethnographic research in Guatemala. I am currently writing a new research monograph, Traces, Remnants, Genocide, on transnational adoption circuits and the traces and remnants of violence, conflict and genocide in the country and the diaspora.

    With Adi Kuntsman (MMU) and Jin Haritaworn (Toronto), I co-edited the volume Queer Necropolitics. With Suhraiya Jivraj (Kent), Sandeep Bakshi (Paris - Diderot) and Paola Bacchetta (UC Berkeley), I coordinated the AHRC-funded Decolonizing Sexualities Research Network until October 2021. Over more than 10 years, we co-edited the volume, Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventionsa journal special issue on Decolonial Trajectories, curated a blog and organised numerous global events. The volume Queering Knowledge: Analytics, Devices and Investments After Marilyn Strathern - a collection of essays co-edited with Paul Boyce (Sussex) and EJ Gonzalez-Polledo (Goldsmiths) - was published in 2020. With Cecilia McCallum (Federal University of Bahia), Martin Fotta (Institute of Ethnology, Czech Technical University, Prague) and a terrific group of authors, I have been working on The Cambridge Handbook for the Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality. This 24-strong volume of original essays for Cambridge University Press will appear in print in 2023.

    With Dr EJ Gonzalez-Polledo, I have been studying transformations in the field of forensic science in England and Wales. Our collaborative research on forensic archives, bioinformation and cultures of evidence has been published in journal articles and in a new edited volume, Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS)

  • Member, Centre for Research on Race and Law
  • Steering Group until 2020, Birkbeck Institute for Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Member, Centre for Medical Humanities
  • Research projects

    Data Worlds and Futures: Archives, Bioinformation and Evidence

    Person, Substance Bodily Capacity: Transnational Adoption and Surrogacy in Times of Violence and Crisis

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching

    Supervision

    I welcome enquires from perspective students who are interested in pursuing research in my areas of research expertise.

    Former and current PhD projects include:

    Dr Lorena Fuentes, (Re)Reading the Boundaries and Bodies of Femicide in (Post)War Guatemala, supervised with Dr Jasmine Gideon, see Dr Fuentes' article in Antipode

    Dr Erol Saglam, Memory, Identity and Subjectivity in the Case of Romeika-speaking Communities in Trabzon, Turkey, co-supervised with Professor Stephen Frosh, see Dr Saglam's article in Anthropology Today

    Dr Matthew Martinez, Reading Resilience, Exploring Non-normative Modes of Writing and Being, co-supervised with Professor Elizabeth Hoult, see Dr Martinez's piece in the JPS

    Lemonia Gianniri, Coming out and about: Haptic Relationalities and Desires in Greek Queer and Feminist Press, co-supervised with Dr Gail Lewis, see Lemonia Gianniri's newly published article in the JPS

    Adeline Moussion, Violence, trauma and life building: understanding mothers’ experiences of sexual and conjugal violence, co-supervised with Professor Joanna Bourke, SHAME Research Project

    Hatty Nestor, Accounting for the Body and the Feminist Archive of Ana Mendieta, co-supervised with Professor Stephen Frosh, see the interview recently published in Bomb Magazine

    Eoin Fullam, The Social Life of Chatbots, co-supervised with Professor Stephen Frosh, UBEL DTP

    Nadine Chambers, Black and Indigenous Geographies: Archives and Accountability in the Shadow of Canadian Settler Colonialism, co-supervised with Dr Sarah Keenan, see Nadine Chambers' recently published article

    Richeárd McDonald, Gay Masculinities, Sexual Risk and Chemsex, Principal Supervisor, with Dr Annette van der Zaag Second Supervisor

    Fernando Lanza Zamanillo, ‘They Are Alive and Well Somewhere’: A Queer Socio-Legal Perspective in Exploring HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors, co-supervised with Dr Paul Turnbull

    Peroline Ainsworth, Learning from Cooperative Pedagogies in Argentina, co-supervised with Dr Kerry Harman, UBEL DTP

    Shane Yishuan Day, Principal Supervisor, with Professor Lisa Baraitser Second Supervisor and Professor Wendy Wan (Tunghai University, Taiwan) External Supervisor

    Lawrence Kilshaw, Second Supervisor, Professor Stephen Frosh First Supervisor

    Jemma Walton, co-supervised with Dr Grace Halden. 

    Current doctoral researchers

    • ADELINE MOUSSION
    • EOIN FULLAM
    • JEMMA WALTON
    • KATARINA NESTOR
    • LEMONIA GIANNIRI
    • NADINE CHAMBERS
    • SHANE DAY

    Doctoral alumni

    • EROL SAGLAM

    Teaching

    Teaching modules

    • Bodies (SSPA101S5)
  • Publications

    Publications

    Article

    Book

    Book Section

    • Bakshi, S. and Semmalar, G. and Chivalán Carrillo, M. and Rage, R. and Aryakrishnan, R. and Posocco, Silvia and Jivraj, S. and Bakshi, S. (2022) Decolonial queer knowledges: aesthesis, memory and practice. In: Tate, S.A. and Gutiérrez Rodríguez, E. (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Race and Gender. Palgrave. pp. 569-590. ISBN 9783030839468.
    • Gonzalez-Polledo, E.J. and Posocco, Silvia (2021) Bioinformation worlds and futures: Introduction. In: Gonzalez-Polledo, E.J. and Posocco, Silvia (eds.) Bioinformation Worlds and Futures. Routledge Studies in Anthropology. Routledge. ISBN 9780367409456. (In Press)
    • Posocco, Silvia (2020) Curfew: sensing Post-politics, sensing the Undercommons. In: Mendes, A. and Cocco, G. (eds.) The Work of Lines. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Autografia. pp. 152-164. ISBN 9786555310000.
    • Boyce, P. and Gonzalez-Polledo, E.J. and Posocco, Silvia (2019) Queering knowledge: an introduction. In: Boyce, P. and Gonzalez-Polledo, E.J. and Posocco, Silvia (eds.) Queering Knowledge: Analytics, Devices and Investments After Marilyn Strathern. Theorizing Ethnography: Concept, Context, Critique. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9781138230989.
    • Franklin, S. and Boyce, P. and Gonzalez-Polledo, E.J. and Posocco, Silvia (2019) Conceptuality in relation: Sarah Franklin in conversation with Silvia Posocco, Paul Boyce, and EJ Gonzalez-Polledo. In: Boyce, P. and Gonzalez-Polledo, E.J. and Posocco, Silvia (eds.) Queering Knowledge: Analytics, Devices and Investments After Marilyn Strathern. Theorizing Ethnography: Concept, Context, Critique. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9781138230989.
    • Posocco, Silvia (2019) Postplurality: An Ethnographic Tableau. In: Boyce, P. and Gonzalez-Polledo, E.J. and Posocco, Silvia (eds.) Queering Knowledge: Analytics, Devices and Investments after Marilyn Strathern. Theorizing Ethnography. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9781138230989.
    • Bakshi, S. and Jivraj, S. and Posocco, Silvia (2016) (Decolonizing) the ear of the other: subjectivity, ethics and politics in question. In: Bakshi, S. and Jivraj, S. and Posocco, Silvia (eds.) Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventions. Oxford, UK: Counterpress.
    • Bakshi, S. and Jivraj, S. and Posocco, Silvia (2016) Introduction - decolonizing sexualities: transnational perspectives, critical interventions. In: Bakshi, S. and Jivraj, S. and Posocco, Silvia (eds.) Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventions. Oxford, UK: Counterpress.
    • Posocco, Silvia (2016) (Decolonizing) The ear of the other: subjectivity, ethics and politics in question. In: Bakshi, S. and Jivraj, S. and Posocco, Silvia (eds.) Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventions. Oxford, UK: Counterpress. pp. 249-263. ISBN 9781910761021.
    • Haritaworn, J. and Kuntsman, A. and Posocco, Silvia (2014) Introduction: queer necropolitics. In: Haritaworn, J. and Kuntsman, A. and Posocco, Silvia (eds.) Queer Necropolitics. Social Justice. Oxford, UK: Routledge. pp. 1-28. ISBN 9780415644761.
    • Posocco, Silvia (2014) On the queer necropolitics of transnational adoption in Guatemala. In: Haritaworn, J. and Kuntsman, A. and Posocco, Silvia (eds.) Queer Necropolitics. Social Justice. Oxford, UK: Routledge. pp. 72-90. ISBN 9780415644761.
    • Posocco, Silvia (2012) Gender identity. In: Evans, M. and Williams, C. (eds.) Gender: The Key Concepts. Routledge Key Guides. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9780415669610.
    • Palacios, Margarita and Posocco, Silvia (2011) War and the politics of sexual violence. In: Seidman, S. and Fischer, N. and Meeks, C. (eds.) Introducing the New Sexuality Studies, 2nd Edition. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9780415781251.
    • Posocco, Silvia (2010) Female masculinity. In: Ritzer, G. and Ryan, M. (eds.) Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9781405185329.
    • Posocco, Silvia (2006) Female masculinity. In: Ritzer, G. (ed.) The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 1657-1658. ISBN 9781405124331.
    • Posocco, Silvia (2004) Butch. In: Eadie, J. (ed.) Sexuality: The Essential Glossary. Essential Glossary Series. London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 22-24. ISBN 9780340806753.
    • Posocco, Silvia (2004) "Butch", "Stone Butch", Butch/Femme", "Female Masculinity", "Passing", "Packing". In: Eadie, J. (ed.) Sexuality: The Essential Glossary. London, UK: Edward Arnold. ISBN 9780340806753.
    • Posocco, Silvia (2004) Butch/femme. In: Eadie, J. (ed.) Sexuality: The Essential Glossary. Essential Glossary Series. London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 149-149. ISBN 9780340806753.
    • Posocco, Silvia (2004) Female masculinity. In: Eadie, J. (ed.) Sexuality: The Essential Glossary. Essential Glossary Series. London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 152-153. ISBN 9780340806753.
    • Posocco, Silvia (2004) Packing. In: Eadie, J. (ed.) Sexuality: The Essential Glossary. Essential Glossary Series. London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9780340806753.
    • Posocco, Silvia (2004) Passing. In: Eadie, J. (ed.) Sexuality: The Essential Glossary. Essential Glossary Series. London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9780340806753.
    • Posocco, Silvia (2004) Stone butch. In: Eadie, J. (ed.) Sexuality: The Essential Glossary. Essential Glossary Series. London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 67-68. ISBN 9780340806753.

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