Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen is Associate Professor at the UiS Centre for Gender Studies and an affiliated researcher with the Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality, University of Amsterdam.
Elisabeth received a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2008, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and a Chevening Scholarship. The published monograph deriving from the dissertation project, Queer Women in Urban China: An Ethnography (Routledge, 2014), was awarded the 2014 Ruth Benedict Book Award Honorable Mention by the Association for Queer Anthropology, American Anthropological Association. Elisabeth is co-editor of the anthologies Queer/Tongzhi China: New perspectives on research, activism, and media cultures (NIAS Press, 2015; with William F. Schroeder), and Transforming Identities in Contemporary Europe (Routledge, forthcoming; with Mia Liinason). Elisabeth’s writing has appeared in journals such as Sexualities, Sexuality Research & Social Policy, Ethnos, lambda nordica, Scholar & Feminist Online, and UNIPED: Tidsskrift for universitets- og høgskolepedagogikk.
Before joining the UiS in 2018, Elisabeth held lectureships at McGill University’s Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Shandong University’s Department of Anthropology, Centre for Gender Research at the University of Oslo, and research fellowships at Duke University’s Department of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, and the International Institute for Asian Studies at Leiden University.
At the UiS, Elisabeth teaches and convenes the combined BA and MA course, Transnational perspectives on Nordic gender equality and welfare (GEN330/530), and the PhD course Topics in Interdisiciplinary Queer Studies: Autoethnography (PHD804). From fall 2022, Engebretsen will convene a new course: Transnational Sexualities: Theories, Methodologies, Practices (GEN370/GEN570).
Elisabeth’s current research is concerned with critical approaches to Pride politics in contemporary Norway, modern queer history in Norway and Nordic Europe with specific focus on gender and the 1980s-1990s period, and feminist and queer activism in post-2010 China. Longstanding topical research and supervision interests include feminist and queer ethnography, queer-feminist research methodology and learning pedagogy, transnational gender and sexual diversity, the global politics of academic freedom, and environmental justice.
- Ordinary lives and marginal intimacies in rural regions: Contrasting cultural histories of queer domesticities in Norway ca 1842-1972 (QUEERDOM), funded by the Research Council of Norway, 2021-2026.
- Queering National Histories, funded by the NOS-HS, 2021-2023.
- A Nordic Queer revolution? The formation of gay, queer and trans activisms in Scandinavia, 1948-2018. Funded by the Swedish Research Council, 2019-2022. WP: Beyond equality: Women’s sexual justice politics in Scandinavian queer organizing.
- Book project, Pride på Norsk: Skeiv Mobilisering og Solidaritet i Vår Tid. In progress. Funded by the Free Speech Foundation (Fritt Ord) and the Norwegian non-fiction writers and translator association (Faglitterært Fond).
Engebretsen convenes the UiS Queer Research Group and is a core member of the UiS-based Research Group on Populism, Anti-Gender and Democracy. With Erika Alm, Elisabeth is editor-in-chief of the lambda nordica journal. Along with Silvia Posocco and E.J. Gonzalez-Polledo, Elisabeth edits the book series Theorizing Ethnography: Concept, Context, Critique (Routledge).