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This course starts with the foundations of ethnographic research, before exploring ethnographic contributions to the understanding of queer forms of life. We will uncover the ethnographic basis for what later became known as “queer theory” and LGBTQ studies, while interrogating the impacts of “queer theory” on contemporary ethnographic practice. Our discussions will focus on ethnographic theory and methods in relation to ethics, asymmetries of power, and participation; scientificism and humanism; the relation between description and prescription; positionality and auto-ethnography. In doing so, we will engage with theoretical/methodological texts, while also reading full-length queer ethnographies. Students will engage in practical ethnographic exercises that will help scaffold their final research projects.