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Dr Mark Johnson

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Department Anthropology
Email m.johnson (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7078 5397
Dr Mark Johnson

Dr Mark Johnson completed his PhD in Social Anthropology at University College London in 1996.  Prior to joining Goldsmiths, he taught at the University of Hull where he most recently served as Director of Research and REF lead for a large multidisciplinary School of Social Sciences.  He was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Anthropology at Stockholm University, Autumn 2014, funded by the Forum for Asian Studies and was Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of Space and Gender, Universities of Gottingen-Kassel in April, 2011.  He is the chair of the expert advisory committee for the EU funded GRACE (Gender and Cultures of Equality in Europe) project, based at the University of Hull, and am a member of the editorial boards of American Ethnologist and South East Asian Research. 

Teaching

Dr Mark Johnson is Postgraduate Convenor and also teaches:

General Principles of Social Anthropology (2nd Year, Autumn Term)

Material Culture (3rd Year, Spring Term)

Supervision

Dr Johnson is currently supervising 6 PhD students and welcome prospective PhD students who wish to work in any of his main areas of research interests.

Current PhD students

  • Phill Wilcox – Heritage cultures in Laos and Southeast Asia. Phill was recently awarded a prestigious RAI Emslie Horniman scholarship for her fieldwork.  
  • Lubna Ferdowsi* – British Bangladeshi Women: An Intersectional approach to Gender and Generation
  • Catherine Gallais* – Masculinity and Primary Care Giving Fathers in NYC
  • Lisa Gelbhardt* – Emotional Travels and Concepts of Personhood among Western Travellers to India
  • Catherine Vulliamy* – Love and Changing Sexual Identities
  • Thanh Long Vu* – Same Sex Intimacies in Vietnam

*These students are all based at and hold University of Hull scholarships that he will continue to supervise from Goldsmiths until completion.

Research Interests

Dr Mark Johnson's research interests and writing are focused broadly around the issues of gender/sexuality, landscape and material culture, movement and transnationalism. He has conducted ethnographic research in the Philippines, Vietnam, Costa Rica and more recently Saudi Arabia. Research in the Philippines was concerned with gender and sexual diversity, in the context of both real and imagined movements of people and the growth of ethno-nationalist discourse.

Research in Vietnam was concerned with the making of place and heritage at the World Heritage site of Hue, Vietnam. Together with Suzanne Clisby, he undertook a small pilot study focused on the social relations of environmentalism in Costa Rica. Recent AHRC funded research focused on the place of religion in the experiences of Filipino migrant workers in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia in particular. 

His current research investigates ordinary people’s awareness of and perceptions about different sorts of surveillance they encounter during their travels and explores the connections between care and control in processes of watching and being watched.  His is also actively involved in the GRACE (Gender and Cultures of Equality in Europe) project that investigates different historical and contemporary sites of and for the production of cultures of equality in Europe. 

Led by Dr Suzanne Clisby at the University of Hull, the GRACE project is funded by a Marie Skłodowska Curie award and is comprised of a consortium of seven EU Universities and one non-academic partner.  He is chair of the GRACE expert advisory committee that draws on senior researchers and policy makers from across the world.

Publications

Book

Beauty and Power: Transgendering and Cultural Transformation in the Southern Philippines.
Johnson, Mark. 1997. Beauty and Power: Transgendering and Cultural Transformation in the Southern Philippines. Oxford: Berg. ISBN 9781859739204

Edited Book

Diasporic Journeys, Ritual, and Normativity among Asian Migrant Women
Johnson, Mark and Werbner, Pnina, eds. 2011. Diasporic Journeys, Ritual, and Normativity among Asian Migrant Women. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-59201-7

Edited Journal

Asian Studies Review Special Issue: Queer Asian Subjects
Blackwood, Evelyn and Johnson, Mark, eds. 2012. Asian Studies Review Special Issue: Queer Asian Subjects, Asian Studies Review, 36(4). 1035-7823

Article

Gendering pastoral power: masculinity, affective labour and competitive bonds of solidarity among Filipino migrant men in Saudi Arabia
Johnson, Mark. 7 November 2015. Gendering pastoral power: masculinity, affective labour and competitive bonds of solidarity among Filipino migrant men in Saudi Arabia. Gender, Place and Culture A Journal of Feminist Geography, ISSN 0966-369X

Surveillance, Pastoral Power and Embodied Infrastructures of Care among Migrant Filipinos in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Johnson, Mark. 2015. Surveillance, Pastoral Power and Embodied Infrastructures of Care among Migrant Filipinos in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Surveillance & Society, 13(2), pp. 250-264. ISSN 1477-7487

Queer Asian Subjects: Transgressive Sexualities and Heteronormative Meanings
Blackwood, Evelyn and Johnson, Mark. 6 December 2012. Queer Asian Subjects: Transgressive Sexualities and Heteronormative Meanings. Asian Studies Review, 36(4), ISSN 1035-7823