Ara Wilson
  • Ara Wilson

  • Associate Professor and Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • 210 East Duke Bldg., 90760, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 1 -2:00
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  • Research Description

    My work contributes to the feminist ethnography of globalization by providing theoretically engaged descriptions of transnational sites and processes. My approach combines attention to political economy, critical studies of culture, and post-colonial critiques of Eurocentrism. I use long term fieldwork in Bangkok, Thailand to explore how sexuality, gender and ethnicity are produced and transformed through the modernity of the non-Western world. I am working to develop ways to analyze gender/sexuality at a global scale, in part by studying such international events as the 1995 Beijing UN Conference on Women or the World Social Forum. This research is part of a current book project, Sexual Latitudes, that considers the implication of globalization as a stage for sexual politics. I am also in the early phases of a project on medical tourism to Thailand.
  • Selected Publications

      • A Wilson.
      • (2004).
      • The Intimate Economies of Bangkok: Tomboys, Tycoons, and Avon Ladies in The Global City.
      • University of California.
      • [web]
      • A. Wilson.
      • (2012).
      • Anthropology and the Political Philsophy of Hardt and Negri: Introduction.
      • Focaal
      • Ara Wilson (Eds.),
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      • Special Theme Issue on Hardt & Negri
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      • [Wilson Focaal Introduction 2012]
      • A Wilson.
      • (2014).
      • Medical Tourism in Bangkok.
      • In A Ong and N Chen (Eds.),
      • Asian Biotech
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      • Duke UP.
      • A Wilson.
      • (2014).
      • Feminism in the space of the world social forum.
      • Journal of International Women's Studies
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      • special issue on the World Social Forum
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      • 8
      • (3)
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      • 10-27.
      • [web]
      Publication Description

      Despite clear affinities, the integration of feminism into the World Social Forum remains uneven, in ways reminiscent of well-known histories of women's movements with various lefts. This essay draws on observations of the 2005 WSF at Porto Alegre, Brazil and the 2006 African Social Forum in Bamako, Mali, as well as secondary literature, to explore the articulation of transnational feminism and the World Social Forum. Using concrete practices, texts, and spaces, I discuss different dimensions of the interaction of feminism with the WSF, including political norms, political geography, and historical trajectories. The relation between feminism and the WSF hinges not only on how "feminist" the WSF is but also on what feminists are doing and trying to do at the Forum.

      • A Wilson.
      • (2014).
      • NGOs as Erotic Sites.
      • In A Lind (Eds.),
      • Development, Sexual Rights and Global Governance
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      • Routledge.
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  • Specialties

    • Globalization
    • Sexuality
    • Asia
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • Anthropology,
      • City University of New York,
      • 1997
      • M.Phil.,
      • City University of New York,
      • 1992
      • B.A.,
      • Anthropology,
      • Vassar College,
      • 1984
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Faculty Manuscript Workship,
      • Mellon- Franklin Humanities Institute,
      • April, 2012
      • Faculty Recognition,
      • Duke LGBT Center, Lavender Graduation,
      • April, 2008
      • Fellowships for University Teachers,
      • National Endowment for the Humanities,
      • January 2005
      • Fellowships, Grants, and Awards,
      • January, 2002-06
  • Teaching

    • WOMENST 361.01
      • MONEY, SEX, POWER
      • East Duke 204D
      • MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
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