Summer 2019 Update

Exciting News this Summer!

Fellowships

I was awarded a Hella Mears Graduate Disseration Fellowship by the Center for German and European Studies at the UMN-Twin Cities for Summer 2019 to complete dissertation chapters and work on my film project.

Employment

I also started an internship at Morgan Stanely-Minneapolis to work for a dear friend doing research on sustainable investing, marketing outreach and values-based business development.

Publishing

In July 2019, my Teaching Tools post, Teaching Storytelling and Financial Crisis was published in Cultural Anthropology’s Fieldsites blog. Many thanks again to Tariq Rahman (UC Irvine) for co-editing that article and our other post for the same series, “What is Finance? A Conversation with Keith Hart, Daromir Rudnyckyj, and Caitlin Zaloom”.

Teaching

In Fall 2019, I’m very excited to teach ANTH 1003 (10): Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Understanding Cultures) as the Science and Politics of Storytelling. I am not teaching this summer since I have the fellowship but I am taking some time to develop syllabi for Spring 2020 and will be a TA for a TBD course this fall as well!

Public Talks and Events

Finally, excited to announce my roundtable for the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association and Canadian Anthropology Society (AAA/CASCA), "Toward a Critical Queer and Trans Economic Anthropology" was accepted. Many thanks to the Association for Queer Anthropology for the "invited" status and the people who expressed interest even if they couldn't participate. Please attend and fill the room! Ask hard questions! I put the roundtable together after many folks had already committed to other panels so we will leave much time for Q & A. That way, folks not or under represented can participate in discussion, especially contingent and adjunct faculty, graduate and undergraduate students and non-white, non-settler, non-cis folks.

AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting Roundtable, “Toward a Critical Queer and Trans Economic Anthropology”.

AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting Roundtable, “Toward a Critical Queer and Trans Economic Anthropology”.

I was inspired by Gayle Rubin's call to analyze and account for our investments that limit radical analysis and hope to continue this conversation long after Vancouver. So happy to get to speak with folks I've been reading and thinking with for years and hopefully you, too.

And while you’re at it, stop by the panel I co-organized with Aaron Hopes (Stanford U.), “The Island Effect: On the Conditions of the Pelagic Military "Outpost" (more on that very exciting panel soon)!

Check back in late August for info on both AAA/CASCA events and my upcoming talks!

Inspired by Gayle Rubin’s “Thinking Sex” (1984) and AAA/CASCA 2019 Annual Meeting theme of “Changing Climates”, this roundtable and discussion addresses how queer and trans anthropologies might respond to the feminist call in the GENS Manifesto and examine some of the fantastic and radical interdisciplinary queer and trans approaches to studies of capitalism already in practice.
Jen K. Hughes and Icelandic puppy on Stokkseyrarsel farm, South Iceland 2016. Photo Credit: Margit Barna

Jen K. Hughes and Icelandic puppy on Stokkseyrarsel farm, South Iceland 2016. Photo Credit: Margit Barna

Spring 2019 Update

Poster for "Queering" Capitalism course
Poster for my Language Culture and Power course

In Spring 2019 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, I am teaching an undergraduate course I designed in 2017-2018 with funds from the Steven J. Schochet Grant for Queer, Trans and Sexuality Studies called Economy, Culture, Critique: Queering Capitalism(s)! The course explores queer and trans approaches to economic anthropology and centers scholars and activists doing work on indigenous queer critique, racial capitalism, critical ethnic studies, (dis)ability and debility studies, and black critical theory (among others). In Summer 2019, I will teach the undergraduate anthropology course, Language, Culture, and Power (and finally get to teach some discourse analysis and linguistics!).

This month, I’m busy co-organizing a panel on (after)lives of imperialized islands with Aaron Hopes (Stanford) and an exciting roundtable on Critical Queer and Trans Economic Anthropology with Karen Z. Ho (University of Minnesota) for the 2019 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, November 20-24 in Vancouver, BC. The roundtable features Noelle Stout (NYU), Scott Laura Morgensen (Queen’s University), Karen Ho (UMN) and Kimberly Chong (LSE), among others. If you are interested in either panel please contact me and stay tuned for updates!

Finally, I’m so happy to announce that I have been awarded a Hella Mears Summer Fellowship for European Studies by the Center for German and European Studies (CGES) at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. This fellowship allows me to devote two months this summer to dissertation/book project writing and film editing. I am always, of course, looking for cool new digital, video, editing, and research projects so please contact me with your gigs and great ideas!

First Clips from Viking Futures Film and Research Project at #displace18 Virtual Conference

On April 20, 2018, the first clips from my forthcoming feature-length documentary, Viking Futuresappeared in a video presentation for the 2018 Biennial Society for Cultural Anthropology/Society for Visual Anthropology joint Virtual Conference. Nestled in the Displaced Futures: Sovereignty, Denial and Imagination panel I co-organized with Randi Irwin (Doctoral Candidate at The New School), my short video presentation "New Iceland Now" featured interviews with anti-corruption pro-immigration activists, young politicians and parliamentarians, feminist media-entrepreneurs, and noted anthropologist of Iceland, genetics and environment, Gísli Pálsson. Stay tuned for more trailers and teasers, Summer 2018!

Also, check out this radio interview I did called “What Can Women Do to Fight for Equal Pay”, on Iceland’s Equal Pay Law. I was interviewed by Lauren Gilger from KJZZ (National Public Radio affiliate, Arizona), and the show aired January 9, 2018.

Jen at the Seljavallalaug geothermal pool (built 1923), South Iceland, 2016. Photo Credit: Holly L. Magner

Jen at the Seljavallalaug geothermal pool (built 1923), South Iceland, 2016. Photo Credit: Holly L. Magner