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Book Launch: Unsettling Queer Anthropology, Margot Weiss with Martin Manalansan and Shaka McGlotten (in person & live-streaming)

June 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join editor Margot Weiss and contributors Martin F. Manalansan IV and Shaka McGlotten for the launch of Unsettling Queer Anthropology. A brief reading will be followed by a conversation about new queer of color, decolonizing, and abolitionist approaches to queer studies and queer ethnography.


About the book:

A field-defining volume, Unsettling Queer Anthropology foregrounds the brilliance of a queer anthropology grounded in decolonial, abolitionist, Black feminist, transnational, postcolonial, Indigenous, and queer of color approaches—and accountable to the vitality of queer and trans life.


“If you think you know queer anthropology, think again: Margot Weiss and the contributors to this volume shake up, mess with, and reinvigorate conversations about the possibilities and limits of queer anthropology for the twenty-first century. Unsettling Queer Anthropology is a timely, vital, and very necessary read for anyone engaged in queer and/or anthropological studies.”

— David A.B. Murray


To reserve a copy of Unsettling Queer Anthropology (Duke University Press, May 17, 2024, paperback, $29.95), please write to contact@bgsqd.com with “please reserve a copy of Unsettling Queer Anthropology for June 20” in the subject line.

Thank you for supporting the Bureau by purchasing books from us!


This event will take place in person at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, on the second floor (room 210) of The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC, 10011.

Registration is not required. Seating is first come, first served.

Also live-streaming on the Bureau’s YouTube channel:



Suggested donation to benefit the Bureau: $10.

All are welcome to attend, with or without a donation.

We will pass a bag for donations at the start of the event, but we can also take credit card donations at the register or on Venmo @BGSQD


Margot Weiss is the editor of Unsettling Queer Anthropology: Foundations, Reorientations, and Departures, which came out in May 2024 from Duke University Press. Her other books include Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality and Queer Then and Now: The David R. Kessler Lectures (coedited with Debanuj DasGupta and Joseph Donica). She is currently finishing a book entitled Desiring Otherwise: Transformative Knowledges of Queer Left Activism. She teaches anthropology and queer studies at Wesleyan University.


Martin F. Manalansan IV is the author of Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora and the forthcoming Queer Dwellings: Mess, Mesh, Measure. He has edited several collections, including Q&A: Voices from Queer Asian North America and Beauty and Brutality: Manila and Its Global Discontents. He is the president of the Association for Asian American Studies, and Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Rutgers University. Before his academic career, he worked for ten years at the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS and the Gay Men’s Health Crisis.


Shaka McGlotten is the author of Dragging: Or, in the Drag of a Queer Life and Virtual Intimacies: Media, Affect, and Queer Sociality, as well as coeditor of Black Genders and Sexualities (with Dana-ain Davis) and Zombies and Sexuality (with Steve Jones). Their work has been supported by Data and Society, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Akademie Schloss Solitude, and the Andy Warhol Foundation. They teach media studies and anthropology at Purchase College-SUNY, where they also serve as Chair of the Gender Studies program.


Registration Required:
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Arts and Culture
June 20
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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