|Present||Affiliated Faculty in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Wesleyan University|
|Present||Associate Professor of American Studies, Wesleyan University|
|Present||Associate Professor of Anthropology, Wesleyan University|
|2016 - 2019||Chair, Wesleyan University ‐ Anthropology|
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Articles, Essays, and Chapters (17)
Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times (1970s-2010s) Routledge History of Queer America (2018)
Neoliberalism has had a profound effect on post-1970s LGBT/queer cultures and politics. This essay reviews how, by privatizing social services, fostering consumer citizenship, and promoting corporate welfare and urban redevelopment, neoliberal policies have pit “deserving” ...
Collaboration: Integration Cultural Anthropology blog (2016)
Nearly twenty years ago, George Marcus urged us to rethink the assumptions of collaboration that gather under the term rapport. We might instead, Marcus (1997, 87) wrote, consider rapport’s “evil twin”: complicity. For Marcus, complicity recognizes that ...
Correspondences: Collaboration (introduction) Cultural Anthropology blog (2016)
At a time when collaborative ideals and practices have become standard across a variety of domains—from crowd-sourcing and data sharing to scientific laboratories and social movements (see Holmes and Marcus 2008)—this Correspondences session pays critical ...
Always After: Desiring Queerness, Desiring Anthropology Cultural Anthropolgy (2016)
Queer, from its start, was meant to point beyond or beside identity—specifically gay and lesbian—and instead signify transgression of, resistance to, or exclusion from normativity, especially but not exclusively heteronormativity. But for all this, queer ...
Discipline and Desire: Feminist Politics, Queer Studies, and New Queer Anthropology Mapping Feminist Anthropology in the Twenty-First Century (2016)
This chapter situates contemporary queer anthropology within histories of the contested relationships between gender and sexuality, and feminist and queer studies. I begin with the delineation of gender as the domain of feminist studies, and ...
BDSM (bondage, discipline, domination, submission, sadomasochism) The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality (2015)
BDSM is the consensual exchange of power for pleasure. BDSM is an acronym made up of three term-sets: bondage and discipline (B&D), domination and submission (D/s), and sadomasochism (SM, S/M, or S&M). Although practices similar ...
Queer Economic Justice: Desire, Critique, and the Practice of Knowledge Global Justice and Desire: Queering Economy (2015)
This essay explores the political dreams we invest in radical sexualities and why we might want to find liberation, specifically economic justice, in radical sexualities. In a time of ongoing neoliberalization of knowledge, where what ...
Queer Precarity and the Myth of Gay Affluence New Labor Forum (2015)
This essay begins to explore and articulate the concept of queer precarity. Queer precarity emphasizes the particular vulnerabilities of LGBT, queer, and GNC (gender non-conforming) people to the current economic transformations. Contrary to the myth ...
Intellectual Inquiry Otherwise: An Interview with Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore American Quarterly (2012)
Margot Weiss talked to Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore about the academic appropriation of activist intellectual labor and the hierarchies of intellectual work inside and outside the university. Sycamore is a writer, editor of several books including ...
Introduction: Left Intellectuals and the Neoliberal University American Quarterly (2012)
This American Quarterly forum builds on a symposium held in 2011 at Wesleyan University on the relationship between academia and activsm. Our symposium was inspired by a pair of concerns: that academics too often either ...
’Reinvigorating the Queer Political Imagination’: A Roundtable with Ryan Conrad, Yasmin Nair, and Karma Chávez of Against Equality American Quarterly (2012)
Margot Weiss talked with Ryan Conrad, Yasmin Nair, and Karma Chávez, three members of Against Equality, a queer online archive, publishing, and arts collective that challenges the political vision of mainstream gay and lesbian politics—especially ...
“BDSM and Feminism: Notes on an Impasse” Tenured Radical Blog on The Chronicle of Higher Education (2012)
Blog post that reflects on the current impasse in the debate between sex-positive and sex-negative, or pro-BDSM and anti-BDSM, feminism. This debate is due for an overhaul--I hope that recasting it might clear a path ...
The Epistemology of Ethnography: Method in Queer Anthropology GLQ (2011)
This essay explores methodological dilemmas in queer anthropology by reviewing three recent queer ethnographies: Mary Gray's Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America; Mark Padilla's Caribbean Pleasure Industry: Tourism, Sexuality, ...
Rumsfeld!: Consensual BDSM and ‘Sadomasochistic’ Torture at Abu Ghraib Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian / Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World (2009)
In this essay, I juxtapose consensual BDSM “military interrogation” scenes with the purportedly “sadomasochistic” images from the Abu Ghraib prison, arguing that claiming that the Abu Ghraib torture images were "sadomasochism" or the work of ...
Gay Shame and BDSM Pride: Neoliberalism, Privacy, and Sexual Politics Radical History Review (2008)
This essay contrasts two contemporary activist groups: Gay Shame San Francisco, which seeks to disrupt homonormative lesbian and gay activism by challenging policing and gentrification; and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, which disseminates a ...
Mainstreaming Kink: The Politics of BDSM Representation in U.S. Popular Media Journal of Homosexuality (2006)
This article explores nonpractitioners’ understandings of and responses to the increasingly mainstream representation of BDSM in U.S. media, focusing on the film Secretary (Shainberg, 2002). I argue that popular images of SM promote the acceptance ...
Interviews with Margot Weiss (6)
"AnthroBites: What is Queer Anthropology?" Jara M Carrington interviews Margot Weiss. AnthroPod: The SCA Podcast. (2018)
AnthroBites is a series from the AnthroPod team, designed to make anthropology more digestible. Each episode tackles a key concept, text, or theme, and breaks it down into manageable, bite-sized chunks. Our guest for this episode ...
“Margot Weiss Talks BDSM and Sexuality.” Interview by Yasmin Nair in Windy City Times. (2013)
Margot Weiss' book, Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality ( Duke University Press, 2011 ) has become a fixture in several ongoing conversations about the BDSM community. It received the 2012 Ruth ...