Timothy Gitzen

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I am interested in constructions of homosexuality in South Korea and the entanglements with discourses and experiences of kinship, gender, sexuality and nation. My project first began with an ethnographic study of the interrelationship between experiences and discourses of gayness and kinship among self-identified gay college students in a particular Seoul university’s gay club. I do not take at face value the seeming opposition between a non-normative gay identity and other normative identities, such as kin positions, as discourse does not fully or equally map onto experience. Rather, identities are multivalent and always in-motion assemblages that incorporate other forms of entanglement without necessitating the destruction of other relationships. My dissertation research furthers this approach by moving from my first entanglement of sexuality and kinship to other entanglements of sexuality and the state, sexuality and gender, and sexuality and other (perhaps transnational) forms of sexuality. As such, I am interested in how self-identified gay college students in South Korea embody and inscribe (or are inscribed upon) discourses and experiences of gender, sexuality and nation. How are their bodies inscribed with and experience gender, sexuality and the nation? How do institutions of education, the military, language, friendship and the family inscribe and reinscribe, produce and reproduce, particular gendered, sexualized and national bodies? How do they perceive their futures (before and after their mandatory enlistment into the Korean military) and in what ways do these institutions and discourses inscribe (or not inscribe) these perceptions?

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • MA: Anthropology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2012.
  • MA: Korean Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, 2009.
  • BA: Japanese and Religion, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2007.


  • South Korea/ East Asia
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Queer theory
  • Feminist anthropology
  • Kinship and family
  • Affect and emotions
  • Narratives
  • Popular culture, media and consumption
  • Self and identity
  • Nationalism and militarism
Courses Taught
  • Anthropology 2020: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Georgia State University, 2011
  • Anthropology 1003W: Understanding Cultures, University of Minnesota, 2012.
  • Anthropology 4111: Anthropology of Self and Emotion, Georgia State University, 2012.
  • Anthropology 4020: Anthropological Theory, Georgia State University, 2011.
  • Anthropology 2020: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Georgia State University, 2010-2011.
  • n.d. “Mothers and Affect: Encounters with Gay Sons in South Korea.“ In East Asian Motherhood: Politics and Practices. Duncan, Patti, G. Wong, eds. Bradford, Ontario. Forthcoming.
  • n.d. “Unrealistic Realism: Queering Gay Bodies in South Korean Cinema.“ Intersections: Women’s and Gender Studies in Review Across Disciplines. Under review.
  • n.d. “Affective Resistance: Objects of Korean Popular Music.“ International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies. Forthcoming.
  • 2009 “(Un) Conventional Investments: The Partnership of Avex and SM Entertainment.“ Papers, Essays and Reviews 1 (1): 102-115.
  • 2007 “Marketing Identity: The Korean Boom in Japan.“ International Affairs Journal at UC Davis 3 (3): 20-23.