Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen

professor i kjønnsforskning

Det samfunnsvitenskapelige fakultet
EAL H-130


Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen is a Professor at the UiS Centre for Gender Studies and an affiliated researcher with the Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality, University of Amsterdam (since 2014). 

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/University of Hawaii Press, 2015; with William F. Schroeder, Hongwei Bao), Transforming Identities in Contemporary Europe (Routledge, 2023; with Mia Liinason), and a special issue of lambda nordica, Anti-Gender Politics and Queer Theory (2022; with Erika Alm).

Elisabeth’s writing has appeared in journals such as Sexualities, NORA - Nordic Journal of Gender and Feminist Research, American Anthropologist, 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 serves as the Study Programme Director (studieprogramleder) at the Centre for Gender Studies, and teaches and convenes the combined BA and MA courses Global Sexualities: Theories, Methodologies, Practices (GEN370, GEN570) and Kjønn, kultur og samfunn: Introduksjon til kjønnsstudier (GEN340, GEN540). Elisabeth also convenes the PhD course Topics in Interdisciplinary Queer Studies (PhD804), set to run again in 2024.

Elisabeth’s current research is concerned with democratic challenges, illiberalism, populism and queer and trans theorizing; 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, climate justice, and feminist and queer activism in post-2010s China. Longstanding topical research and supervision interests include feminist and queer ethnography, queer-feminist research methodology and learning pedagogy, transnational gender and sexual diversity, anti-gender politics and reactionary populism, the global politics of academic freedom, and environmental justice.

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In 2013, Elisabeth co-founded the European Network for Queer Anthropology, an official network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA). She founded and currently coordinates Skeiv Forskningsgruppe (Queer Research Group), a national network for students and researchers engaging in queer research broadly defined. Elisabeth is also a core member of the UiS-based Research Group on Populism, Anti-Gender and Democracy, a board member of the UiS-based Research School in Radical Interdisciplinary (ITEM), and a member of the International Advisory Board of The future of democracy: Cultural analyses of illiberalism in times of crises (FUDEM, coordinated by University of Gothenburg), a research school funded by the Swedish Research Council, 2023-2026.

With Erika Alm, Elisabeth is editor-in-chief of the lambda nordica journal. With Silvia Posocco and E.J. Gonzalez-Polledo, Elisabeth edits the book series Theorizing Ethnography: Concept, Context, Critique (Routledge Anthropology).

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