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Associate Professor
Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen { "honorific-suffix": "Associate Professor", "fn": "Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen", "tel": "Telephone: +47 51832868", "email": "elisabeth.l.engebretsen@uis.no" }

Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Department Faculty of Social Sciences

Current Affiliations

  • Participant, Nordisk Laboratorium, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo
  • Affiliated Researcher, Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality, University of Amsterdam

Courses taught

Research fields

  • Anthropology, ethnography; feminist theory and methodology; intersectionality; queer theory; queer anthropology.
  • Gender and sexual diversity; transnational sexualities and gender; kinship incl. queer kinship; social movements and activism; Pride politics; democracy and authoritarianism; globalization; environment and sustainability; power, inequality, exclusion.
  • Ethnographic regions: China (PRC), East Asia; Norway, Nordic Europe.

Selected publications

  • Queer women in urban China: An ethnography New York: Routledge. 2014. Awarded the Ruth Benedict Prize honorable mention 2014, American Anthropological Association, Association for Queer Anthropology.
  • Under pressure: Lesbian-gay contract marriages and their patriarchal bargains. In Santos, Goncalo and Stevan Harrell (eds.). Transforming patriarchy: Chinese families in the twentieth-century. University of Washington Press. 2017. 
  • Anthropology's queer sensibilities. Special issue of Sexualities 21(5-6). 2018. First published online June 2017. Co-edited with P. Boyce and S. Posocco.
  • Maktkritiske perspektiver i høyere utdanning? En undersøkelse av omfang og anvendelse i utvalgte programplaner. UNIPED: Tidsskrift for universitets- og høyskolepedagogikk. Medforfatter: Åse Røthing. 42(3): 251-261. https://doi.org/10.18261/issn.1893-8981-2019-03-02
  • Gender self-identification in a time of anti-gender politics. Lambda Nordica. Co-authored with Erika Alm. Forthcoming in a special issue on "Queer concepts for the 21st century" (3-4, 2019; spring 2020)

Research in progress

  • Beyond equality: Women's sexual justice politics in Scandinavian queer organizing. Part of the collaborative project and research network, A Nordic queer revolution: Formations of Homophile, Queer, and Trans Activism in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, 1948-2018 (NordiQueer). Funded by The Swedish Research Council, 2019-2022. Role: Senior researcher. Project website: https://www.gender.lu.se/nordiqueer-a-nordic-queer-revolution
  • Transforming Identities: Exploring changes, tensions and visions in the Nordic region through the prism of identity politics. Exploratory Research network funded by The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) and the Nordic Council of Ministers gender equality fund. 2018-2019. Role: Project leader. Project website: https://www.uis.no/forskning-og-ph-d/kjonn-og-identitet/transforming-identities/?s=23564
  • Pride på norsk: Skeiv mobilisering og solidaritet i vår tid (Pride in Norway: Queer mobilization and solidarity in our time). Book manuscript in progress (in Norwegian). Supported with grants from Fritt Ord and the Norwegian Non Fiction Writers and Translators Association (Faglitterært Fond). 2017-2020.

Work experience

Academic employment history:

  • Senior Lecturer, Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo, Norway. 2015-2018.
  • Visiting Research Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Shandong University, PR China. 2014-2015.
  • Research Fellow, Asian Cities Program, International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, the Netherlands. 2013-2014.
  • Core Fellow, the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland. 2011-2013.
  • Faculty Lecturer, Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies; Sessional lecturer, Department of Anthropology, McGill University, Canada. 2009-2011.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Sexualities, Duke University, USA. 2008-2009.
  • PhD fellow, Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK. 2003-2008.

Scientific publications (from Cristin)

  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund; Schroeder, William F.; Bao, Hongwei; Schroeder, William F. (2015). Queer/tongzhi China: New perspectives on research, activism and media cultures. NIAS Press. ISBN 978 87 7694 153 6. 320 p.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2008). Love in a big city: Sexuality, kinship and citizenship amongst lala (lesbian) women in Beijing. London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Anthropology. 300 p.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth L. (2019). Et historisk tilbakeblikk på Pride i Norge siden 1974.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth L. (2020). Beyond equality: Women's sexual justice activism in Scandinavian queer organizing. Department of Social Anthropology;
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth L. (2020). Boikott eller støtte? Dilemmaer i forskningssamarbeid med Kina. Arkeologisk Museum;
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth L.; Dahl, Ulrika; Renkin, Hadley (2020). Queering Anthropology. Department of Social Anthropology;
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth L. (2019). A brief history of Pride activism in Norway, 1969-2019. Skeivt Arkiv;
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth L. (2019). Debatt: Sexarbeid – I historisk perspektiv og dagens realitet.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth L. (2019). Historisk tilbakeblikk på Pride i Norge, 1969-2019. Foreningen FRI; 2019-04-05 - 2019-04-07.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth L. (2019). Tense alliances: Gender politics in Norway's queer communities during the transitional 1980s.. 2019-06-27 - 2019-06-29.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth L.; Hellesund, Tone; Berg, Andreas Ihlang; Stubberud, Elisabeth (2019). Skummel ideologi, Gjevjon.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth L.; Røthing, Åse (2019). Fram for maktkritisk utdanning.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth L.; Sasunkevich, Olga; Wang, Di; Xiong, Jing (2019). Feminist Activism. Sino-Nordic Gender Studies Network and NIAS; 2019-03-26 - 2019-03-29.
  • Lindstad, Siri; Engebretsen, Elisabeth L. (2019). Homo i går, skeiv i dag. MELK. [Journal]; 2019-12-15.
  • Myong, Lene; Engebretsen, Elisabeth L.; Klitgård, Mathias; Hellstrand, Ingvil Førland (2019). Roundtable: Thinking feminist and gender studies now. Senter for Kvinne og Kjønnsforskning (KVINNFORSK); 2019-11-13 - 2019-11-15.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth L. (2018). DEMOS - Democratic participation in society; how to live together? The first workshop in the Transforming Identities project. 2018-11-07 - 2018-11-09.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth L. (2018). Gender, feminist activism and #metoo. Forskningsprosjektet Airborne ved Universitetet i Oslo;
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth L. (2018). Re-view: Mother Camp: Female Impersonators in America; Special Book Review Section: Reviewing Mother Camp (Fifty Years Late).
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth L. (2018). The importance of historicizing Norwegian Pride activism. Professor Tone Hellesund; 2018-10-18.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth L.; Endestad, Ingvild; Jørgensen, Bente Bækkelund; Hammervold-Austinat, Martine; Olsen, Linda Walbeck (2018). Felles kamp for likeverd.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2018). Bli med på dragbingo: - Folk elsker å komme hit. VG. [Newspaper]; 2018-03-14.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2018). Excavating Pride activism in Norway since the 1970s. 2018-03-16 - 2018-03-18.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2018). Seawomen of Iceland: Survival on the edge (by Margaret Willson, Washington, University of Washington Press, 2016).
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund; Kristiansen, Hans Wiggo; Kwam, Hannah Wozene (2018). Teatersalong: Skeive historier (Engler i Amerika). Nationaltheatret. [Internet]; 2018-05-09.
  • Henriksen, Sissel; Engebretsen, Elisabeth L. (2018). Bryter ned høye murer (om kinesisk feminisme). Klassekampen. [Newspaper]; 2018-12-01.
  • Misje, Ingeborg; Engebretsen, Elisabeth L. (2018). Flytende kjønnsidentitet oftere tema i skolen. Vårt Land. [Newspaper]; 2018-08-25.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2017). Con/divergent queeries: Histories of North American and European queer anthropology (roundtable). American Anthropological Association, AQA/ENQA; 2017-11-29 - 2017-12-03.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2017). Jævla homo! utfordrer kjønnsforskerne.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2017). Marching for pride? Towards a history of lgbt activist visibility in Norway. 2017-08-25 - 2017-08-27.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2017). Sino-nordic feminist film evening (convenor). Centre for gender research; 2017-09-28.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2017). Transnational biopolitics and the undercommons (roundtable; organizer and panellist).
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund; Bromseth, Janne; Svendsen, Stine Helena Bang; Prøitz, Lin; Roen, Katrina (2017). Fem forskere svarer Tonje Gjevjon: Fordomsfull kunnskapsløshet om kjønnsmangfold.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund; Jessen, Reidar Schei (2017). Nasjon og kjønn i nyere feministisk teori. Tidsskriftet Fett #4 (temanummer: Nasjon). [Journal]; 2017-12-13.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund; Lie, Merete (2017). Juryens begrunnelse for 2000-tallets artikkel (Muslimen med slør, anorektikeren og den transseksuelle: Hva har de til felles? av Randi Gressgård).
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund; Schroeder, William F.; Bao, Hongwei (2017). Queer/Tongzhi China:New Perspectives on Research, Activism and Media Cultures.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2016). Feministiske forskningsfronter: Teori, politikk, samarbeid.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2016). #FreeTheFive: Sosiale medier og uavhengig feministisk aktivisme i Kina.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2016). Kjønnskap (dokumentarfilm for BA eksamen, laget av HiOA studenter i media og kommunikasjon). Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/148070858. [Internet]; 2016-01-01.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2016). LHBT i transnasjonal kontekst: Friksjon eller frigjøring?. LHBT Senteret, BUFDIR; 2016-01-21.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2016). UiB-rektor og instituttleder: – Vi kjenner oss ikke igjen (om debatten om kvinners muntlige deltakelse i forelesningssalen). Studvest. [Newspaper]; 2016-05-14.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund; Orning, Sara Elisabeth Sellevold (2016). Faglige ansvarlige og innledere: "Feministiske Forskningsfronter: Teori, politikk, samarbeid". Senter for Tverrfaglig Kjønnsforskning, UiO; 2016-04-15.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2015). Female gender and sexual diversities (duo yang nv/xing). Beijing Renmin University; 2015-07-04 - 2015-07-06.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2015). Queer kinship as a quest for well-being in contemporary China. Prof. and Chair, Suzanne Gottschang;
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2015). Queer kinship as quests for well-being in China. Dept of Anthropology, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program;