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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

    • Programme Director PhD Psychosocial Studies, PhD Sociology and PhD Gender and Sexuality (in Psychosocial Studies)
    • Postgraduate Research (PGR) Lead, School of Social Sciences

    Professional activities

    Editor, Bulletin of Latin American Research (2024-2027). 

    Co-editor, Theorizing Ethnography Book Series, Routledge Anthropology

    Editorial Board Member, Feminist Anthropology (2019-2022; 2022-2025). 

    Editorial Board Member, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (2020-2023; 2023-2026). 

    Associate Editor, Quaderns de Psicologia

    Advisory Board Member, Decolonizing Sexualities Network

    Associate Fellow, Sexual Harms and Medical Encounters, SHAME

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

    Co-Chair, European Network for Queer Anthropology (ENQA, part of EASA, 2020 - 2022)

    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)

    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 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 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 edited 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 edited Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventionsa journal special issue on Decolonial Trajectories, curated a blog and organised numerous global events. Queering Knowledge: Analytics, Devices and Investments After Marilyn Strathern - edited with Paul Boyce (Sussex) and EJ Gonzalez-Polledo (Goldsmiths) - was published in 2020. The Cambridge Handbook of the Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality - edited with Cecilia McCallum (Federal University of Bahia) and Martin Fotta (Czech Technical University)- was published in 2023. With Lars Aaberg, Tunay Altay, EJ Gonzalez Polledo, Diwakar Kumar and a terrific group of scholars, we are finalising Queer and Trans Life: Anthropological Futures, a new collection due out in early 2025 (EASA Series, Berghahn). 

    With EJ Gonzalez-Polledo, I have been charting transformations in the field of bioinformation. Our collaborative research on forensic archives, biodata and cultures of evidence has been published in numerous journal articles and the edited volume, Bioinformation Worlds and Futures.

    Research Centres and Institutes

    Research clusters and groups

    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 interested in pursuing research in my areas of expertise. PhD projects I have had the pleasure of supervising include: 

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

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

    Dr Matthew Martinez, Reading Resilience, Exploring Non-normative Modes of Writing and Being, with Prof. Hoult, see Dr Martinez's piece in JPS

    Dr Lemonia Gianniri, ‘Out and about’: a Haptic Exploration of Queer and Feminist archives in Post-dictatorship Greece, with Dr Lewis, see Dr Gianniri's article in JPS

    Dr Adeline Moussion, The Domestic in the Violence: Understanding the Experience of Violence beyond Trauma in Contemporary France, with Prof. Bourke and Dr Serisier, SHAME Research Project, see Dr Moussion's article in Emotions and Society

    Dr Hatty Nestor, Accounting for the Body: Tracing the Re-enactments, Archives and Remains of Ana Mendieta since 1985, with Prof. Frosh, see Bomb Magazine

    Eoin Fullam, The Social Life of Mental Health Chatbots, with Prof. Frosh, UBEL DTP

    Nadine Chambers, Black and Indigenous Geographies: Archives and Accountability in the Shadow of Canadian Settler Colonialism, with Dr Keenan, see Chambers' article

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

    Peroline Ainsworth, Learning from Cooperative Pedagogies in Argentina, with Dr Harman, UBEL DTP

    Shane Yishuan Day, The Experience of Covid-19 in Taiwan, Principal Supervisor, with Prof. Baraitser and Prof. Wan (Tunghai University)

    Lawrence Kilshaw, Conception in Psychoanalysis, with Prof. Frosh

    Linda Eniola Olanrewaju Adeyemo, Afro-Spanish identities, belonging and activism in contemporary Spain, with Dr Gidley, UBEL DTP

    Jemma Walton, Surrogacy Memoirs, with Dr Halden, see Walton's article in Brief Encounters  

    Current doctoral researchers

    • EOIN FULLAM
    • JEMMA WALTON
    • LINDA OLANREWAJU ADEYEMO
    • NADINE CHAMBERS
    • SHANE DAY

    Doctoral alumni since 2013-14

    • ADELINE MOUSSION
    • KATARINA NESTOR
    • LEMONIA GIANNIRI
    • EROL SAGLAM

    Teaching

    Teaching modules

    • Theorising Gender (FDGD009S7)
    • Theories and Sites of the Psychosocial (PSSL040S7)
    • PhD Psychosocial Research Seminar (SSPA034Z8)
    • Power (SSPA073S4)
    • Independent Research Module (SSPA085D7)
    • Bodies (SSPA101S5)
  • Publications

    Publications

    Article

    Book

    Book Section

    • Posocco, Silvia and McCallum, C. and Fotta, M. (2023) Introduction to the Cambridge Handbook of the Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality. In: McCallum, C. and Posocco, Silvia and Fotta, M. (eds.) Cambridge Handbook of the Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. (In Press)
    • 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.
    • 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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