Shaka McGlotten


Shaka McGlotten is a social anthropologist with a background in the fine arts. Their work brings together the theoretical insights of queer studies with the methodological toolkit of anthropology to consider new media technologies in relation to queer cultures. They have published and lectured on public sex, online cultures, pornography, gaming, zombies, human waste, voguing, and more. Their first book, Virtual Intimacies: Media, Affect, and Queer Sociality, was published by SUNY Press in 2013. They are the co-editor of two edited collections, Black Genders and Sexualities (with Dana-ain Davis) and Zombies and Sexuality(with Steve Jones). They have just completed Dragging; or, the Political Aesthetics of Drag (Routledge, forthcoming). Currently they are at work on Black Data: Queer of Color Critique Meets Network Culture Studies. In 2014 they were the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Award for Experienced Researchers and in 2017-2018 they were a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude. They are also a recipient of a 2017 Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Shaka uses they/them/their(s) pronouns.

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