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Queer and LGBTQ+ Methods Workshop


10 Decembre 2021

Responsable de l'activité

Sébastien CHAUVIN


Muriel Bruttin, UNIL

Kwaku Adomako, UNIL


Ilana Eloit, UNIL

Alejandra Bello, UNIL


The aim of this workshop is to explore the potential of queer methods.


Mobilizing a queer theory framework in our research does not automatically mean that we use queer methods. Similarly, studying minority gender identities and sexual orientations, or studying LGBTQ+ topics, also may not automatically mean we use queer methods, nor a queer approach. Following from this, we want to consider what methods could be most appropriate for doing research on LGBTQ+ topics and/or queer research.


If our queer theoretical framework understands that subjects and subjectivities are fluid, locally specific, contingent, relational, unstable, and perpetually becoming, how does this affect our choice of methods? How can we "gather data" on such unstable entities, when most standard research methods (such as interviews and questionnaires) tend to rely on bounded, clear cut categories? How might we adjust our current research methods to make them work more 'queerly'? And what do we then do with this messy data once we have gathered it?


This workshop does not aim to give clear-cut answers to all these questions (that would be rather non-queer). Instead, we hope to explore these questions together, and in particular, consider how they relate to our own PhD work (or other research endeavors). We hope to create a space where we can explore the connections (and sometimes disconnections) between the theoretical frameworks we use, the topics of our research, and the methodologies we mobilize. These framworks might be queer (or not), the topics LGBTQ+ (or not), and the methodolgies queer (or not).


Target audience

This workshop is for anyone interested in discussing the questions mentionned above. Whether or not you mobilize queer methods in your research, if you are interested in discussing queer methods or the implications of queering methodologies, and/or are studying LGBTQ+ subjects or subject material, you are invited to participate in this workshop. In addition, even though this workshop will focus on methods for social scientific research and is therefore more geared towards social scientists, researchers in the humanities and hard sciences are also welcome. Since queering is about the blurring of boundaries, we are happy to also blur the boundaries of (heteropatriarchal) academic disciplines. If, for example, you do queer biology, queer art history, queer literature, queer nanotech, we would love to have you at our workshop.


COVID-19 related issues: we are currently planning to hold this workshop in an in-person format, but if necessary, we will move the workshop either to co-modal or fully online.


Provisional program

9:00am – 9:30am Welcome, introduction to workshop, round of introductions of participants

9:30am – 10:45am Guest lecture 1 and discussion

10:45 - 11:15 Break

11:15am – 12:30 Collective discussion of assigned reading

12:30 – 14:00pm Lunch

14:00 – 15:15 Guest lecture 2 and discussion

15:15 – 15:45 Break

15:45 – 17:00 Activity based on the paragraphs handed in by the participants

17:00 – 17:15 Closing remarks



UNIL (or online, will depend on sanitary restrictions)


Preparatory work for the workshop



One or two preparatory readings (exact texts TBD)




1. One paragraph (max 300 words) responding to any or all of the following questions :

  • what is queer about your methods ?
  • how do the methods you mobilize allow you to deal with the queerness of your materials ?
  • what questions / issues / concerns do you have regarding queer methods in your own work ?

You can address whichever aspects of "methods" that you would like, whether data collection or data analysis or both (or other ?)


2. A short extract from your corpus (for example: fieldwork notes, interview extract, data set description, photographs, drawings, maps, extracts from your corpus, etc), along with a small note to contextualize the extract. Max 300 words (counting both extract and context) or equivalent for visual materials.


Due Friday November 26, 2021. Please put everything in a single document (word or pdf).




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