Jen K Hughes
I am a doctoral candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Minnesota (Ph.D. expected 2020). My dissertation examines the economic and political effects of settler-colonialism, queerness and utopian capitalism in Iceland, Northern Europe and the U.S. I am particularly interested in storytelling practices during economic and political crises in Iceland that intervene in as well as produce ideas of whiteness, gender and "the future" (time). I incorporate indigenous and local settler-colonial perspectives in tandem with European and Scandinavian accounts of economic practices and theory to decolonize thinking about finance and politics and posit settler-colonialism as ongoing process that manifests in what I call, "viking futures". I also work as a professional video and web producer, museum and archives specialist, and ethnographic filmmaker. I conducted fieldwork in Iceland from June-August 2013 and October 2015-November 2016. I am in production on my first feature-length documentary, Viking Futures, and am a contributing editor for Cultural Anthropology's Visual and New Media Review section. My past research focused on language, history, economy and "kinship" in lesbian bar culture and among queer homeless youth in Portland, Oregon. I previously worked on research, digital media, exhibit and video projects for the Discovery Channel, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, The Smithsonian’s National Zoo, The Film/Video Dept. of The Walker Art Center, The University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Opera, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera Plus, the Eric Carle Museum for Picture Book Art, Powell’s Books (Portland, OR), and Curiosity Retreats, LLC. I received a B.A. in Anthropology and Gender Studies from Mount Holyoke College in 2010.