Department of Anthropology

Tom Boellstorff - Seminar Series 2010-2011

Mon, February 7, 2011 | SAC 5.118

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

“But Do Not Identify As Gay: A Proleptic Genealogy of the MSM Category”

Growing numbers of persons worldwide are beginning to call themselves “men who have sex with men” or “MSM.” How has this subject position come into being so swiftly, and with what consequences? And how might considering this novel form of selfhood help us craft anthropological responses to cultural phenomena that are historically emergent? In this essay, I develop a notion of  “proleptic genealogy” to explore the origins of the MSM category, as well as transformations in the category with regard to enumeration, identity, and translocalization. In doing so, I show how anthropological inquiry can engage with emergent cultural logics through forms of anticipatory analysis.

A light lunch will be served.

Part of the Department of Anthropology 2010-2011 Seminar Series. For further information, please contact Dr. Sofian Merabet at

Co-sponsored by the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.

*The SAC, or Student Activity Center, is a new building on campus and may not be marked on your map. It is located at 2101 Speedway, adjacent to the Gregory Gym. SAC 5.118 is in the East Wing of the building on the fifth floor.

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