My work mixes methods from the humanities and social sciences. I have a background in artmaking and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology. Most of my research and writing is grounded in ethnographic modes of attention and deals with some configuration of issues related to media, technology, gender, sexuality, and race. Much of my work falls broadly under rubrics of affect and political feelings, or the ways our sensed experiences and emotional engagements with the world inform and are subject to politics and other forms of power. But my interest in these forms and practices is resolutely at their seams and fault lines, where things come together, fall apart, are made vulnerable, where new worlds of experience might emerge.
Areas of Research
queer, media/technology, race
McGlotten, Shaka. Virtual Intimacies: Media, Affect, and Queer Sociality. Albany: SUNY Press, 2013
McGlotten, Shaka and Dana-ain Davis, editors. Black Genders and Sexualities. New York: Palgrave, 2012
McGlotten, Shaka. “The Élan Vital of DIY Porn.” Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies (forthcoming 2014).
McGlotten, Shaka. “A Brief and Improper Geography of Queerspaces and Sexpublics in Austin, Texas.” Gender, Place, and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography (forthcoming 2014, currently available online).
McGlotten, Shaka and Sarah VanGundy”Zombie Porn 1.0: Or, Some Queer Things Zombie Sex Can Teach Us.” Qui Parle 21 (2013): 101-125.
McGlotten, Shaka and Lisa Jean Moore. “Dry and Limp: Aging Queers, Zombies, and Sexual Reanimation.” Journal of Medical Humanities 34 (2013): 261-268.
McGlotten, Shaka. “Ordinary Intersections: Speculations on Difference, Justice, and Utopia in Black Queer Life.” Transforming Anthropology: The Journal for the Association of Black Anthropologists 20 (2012): 45-66.