SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Cas Sutherland

BA (Royal Holloway), MA (SOAS)


Cas Sutherland
Cas Sutherland
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Thesis title:
Queer Feminist Kinship: An Intersectional Approach to Activism and Community in Chengdu, China (working title)
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After reading English and Drama as an undergraduate, I trained as a teacher and spent four years teaching in China. Living in Beijing enabled me to gain insights into social and political life and participate in the feminist community in China. These experiences inspired me to come to SOAS for postgraduate study in Social Anthropology. I am a queer feminist passionate about challenging heteronormative, patriarchal systems that oppress women, LGBTQ+ people, racialised and marginalised groups. I have lived in mainland China, South Korea, and Southern Africa.

PhD Research

My PhD project is an intersectional ethnographic exploration of the relationship between feminist activism and the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) rights movement, analysing how sexual and gender identities influence individuals' desires to align with the feminist movement. The project revisits established anthropological questions about kinship and relatedness to examine the formation of community and intimate political alliances in China. It utilises intersectionality as a methodology to question how experiencing overlapping subjectivities and correlative discrimination influences individuals’ lives. This is, first and foremost, an ethnography of activism in an internationally marginalised space of feminism-queering. Additionally, it aims to rethink the synergies of feminist and queer resistance, as well as the frictions between sex-sexuality-gender taxonomies, the state and the everyday.