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Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen { "honorific-suffix": "Førsteamanuensis", "fn": "Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen", "tel": "Telefon: 51832868", "email": "" }

Avdeling/enhet Det samfunnsvitenskapelige fakultet
Institutt/senter Det samfunnsvitenskapelige fakultet
Merknader Twitter: @elengebretsen



Research interests

Anthropology, ethnography; feminist theori 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.
China (PRC), East Asia; Norway, Nordic Europe.

Utvalgte publikasjoner

Selected publications

Queer women in urban China: An ethnography. New York: Routledge. 2014. Awarded the Ruth Benedict Prize honorable mention 2015, 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). September 2019.

Pågående forskning

Current research (active projects)

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:

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:

Pride på norsk: Skeiv mobilisering og solidaritet i vår tid. Pågående bokprosjekt. Utviklet med støtte fra Fritt Ord og Faglitterært Fond.


Academic employment history

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

Editorial roles; member of editorial board, journals:

  • Lambda Nordica
  • Feminist Anthropology
  • The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology

Book series co-editor:

  • Theorizing ethnography: Concept, context, critique. Routledge Anthropology. with EJ Gonzalez Polledo (Goldsmiths) and Silvia Posocco (Birkbeck)
  • On edge: Ethnographies and theories of threshold phenomena. Routledge. with Mark Graham (Stockholm)

Vitenskapelige publikasjoner (fra CRISTin)

  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth L. (2018). “As Long as My Daughter Is Happy”: “Familial Happiness” and Parental Support-Narratives for LGBTQ Children. I: Chinese Discourses on Happiness. Hong Kong University Press. ISBN 978-988-8455-72-0. s. 86-105.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2017). Going public: Transnational Pride politics and queer grassroots activism in China. S & F online. ISSN 1558-9404. Volum 16. Hefte 2.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund; Boyce, Paul; Posocco, Silvia (2017). Introduction: Anthropology's queer sensibilities. Sexualities. ISSN 1363-4607. Volum 21. Hefte 5-6. DOI: 10.1177/1363460717706667.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2016). Under pressure: Lesbian-gay contract marriages and their patriarchal bargains. I: Transforming patriarchy: Chinese families in the twentyfirst century. University of Washington Press. ISBN 9780295999821.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2015). Of pride and visibility: The contingent politics of queer grasroots activism in China. I: Queer/tongzhi China: New perspectives on research, activism and media cultures. NIAS Press. ISBN 978 87 7694 153 6. s. 88-110.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund; Boyce, Paul; Posocco, Silvia; Renkin, Hadley; Graham, Mark; Tucker, Heather; Hossain, Adnan; Hendriks, Thomas; Riley, Taylor; Gonzalez-Polledo, EJ (2015). Anthropologists are talking about queer anthropology. Ethnos. ISSN 0014-1844. DOI: 10.1080/00141844.2015.1084021.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund; Schroeder, William F. (2015). Introduction: Queer/Tongzhi China. I: Queer/tongzhi China: New perspectives on research, activism and media cultures. NIAS Press. ISBN 978 87 7694 153 6. s. 1-17.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2014). Queer women in urban China: An ethnography. Routledge. ISBN 9780415636209. 200 s.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2013). Precarity, protest, change: China’s ‘ant tribes'. Suomen Antropologi. ISSN 0355-3930. Volum 38. Hefte 2. s. 62-71.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2012). On Urban Anthropology in Contemporary China. I: Anthropology in the city: Methodology and theory. Ashgate. ISBN 978-1-4094-0833-8. s. 191-213.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2009). Intimate practices, conjugal ideals: Affective ties and relationship strategies amongst lala ('lesbian') women in contemporary Beijing. Sexuality Research & Social Policy. ISSN 1868-9884. Volum 6. Hefte 3. s. 3-15. DOI: 10.1525/srsp.2009.6.3.3.
  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2008). Queer Ethnography in Theory and Practice: Reflections on Studying Sexual Globalization and Women’s Queer Activism in Beijing. Graduate Journal of Social Science. ISSN 1572-3763. Volum 5. Hefte 2. s. 88-116.
  • 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 s.
  • 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 s.
  • 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.; Sasunkevich, Olga; Wang, Di; Xiong, Jing (2019). Feminist Activism. Sino-Nordic Gender Studies Network and NIAS; 2019-03-26 - 2019-03-29.
  • Røthing, Åse; Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund (2019). Maktkritiske perspektiver i høyere utdanning? En undersøkelse av omfang og anvendelse i utvalgte programplaner.
  • 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. [Avis]; 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. [Internett]; 2018-05-09.
  • Henriksen, Sissel; Engebretsen, Elisabeth L. (2018). Bryter ned høye murer (om kinesisk feminisme). Klassekampen. [Avis]; 2018-12-01.
  • Misje, Ingeborg; Engebretsen, Elisabeth L. (2018). Flytende kjønnsidentitet oftere tema i skolen. Vårt Land. [Avis]; 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). [Tidsskrift]; 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: [Internett]; 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. [Avis]; 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;