student profile: Ms Katherine Giunta


Thesis work

Thesis title: (Re)Making Femininities: Enacting Queer Genders in Sydney

Supervisors: Ase OTTOSSON , Jessica KEAN

Thesis abstract:

This research project will explore the ways in which gender is articulated in the social scenes of queer Sydney-siders. Sydney’s LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Ally Plus) social scene is internationally renowned for its vibrancy and dynamism. The proposed project will look beyond the male and masculine centric ‘mainstream’ of the Sydney scene to investigate the everyday activities, lifeworlds and social contexts of non-male Sydney residents who understand themselves as both queer and feminine. There has been a substantial literature within and beyond anthropology that explores practices and ideas about femininity and non-heteronormativity. However, these works typically focus on gay male femininities, cis and trans women’s heterosexuality and lesbian women’s female masculinities. In contrast, this project will focus on the gendered enactments of a relatively under-studied group of people who identify as feminine and self identify as neither male nor heteronormative. The study will be based on an anti-essentialist approach informed by queer studies and critical femininity studies in anthropology, and will take the form of long term ethnographic participant observation in Sydney.

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