annual workshop

2017 Workshop
“Stigma: Deviance, Criminality, and Sexualities”
April 20-21, 2017


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Thursday, April 20 – 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
(followed by reception)
McCormick Foundation Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston

“From ‘Queer Counterpublics’ to Queer Encountering: Counterpublic Health in Digital Times”

Kane Race, University of Sydney

Queer counterpublics have been seen as a significant resource for gay men’s HIV prevention, but this literature tends to characterise digitally-arranged sex as ipso facto privatising.  In this talk, I draw on range of empirical examples to demonstrate how digitally-arranged sex frequently exceeds this framing.  I argue that a topological (rather than topographical) conception of queer counterpublics might emerge if digital devices are conceived as part of the infrastructure of sexual events.

Friday, April 21 – 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
(followed by reception)
Chambers Hall (Ruan Conference Center), 600 Foster Street, Evanston


Toby Beauchamp, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
“Bathrooms, Borders, and Biometrics” (read by Mitali Thakor, as Prof Beauchamp was not in attendance)

Kelly Gates, University of California, San Diego
“Modulating Desire, Monetizing Porn”


Susan Ehrlich, York University
“‘Well, I saw the picture’: Social Media, Visual Evidence and the ‘Forging’ of Sexualities in the Steubenville Rape Trial”

Robert J. Podesva, Stanford University
“The Sociophonetic Ramifications of Stigmatized Sexualities: The Production and Perception of /s/”


Che Gossett, Rutgers University
“Abolitionist Entanglement”

Amber Jamilla Musser, Washington University
“Mickalene Thomas and the Black, Queer Female Origin of the Universe”


Winifred Poster, Washington University
“Activists Tracking Johns Tracking Sex Workers: Multisurveillance in the Online Sex Trafficking Industry”

Gabriel N. Rosenberg, Duke University
“Bad Husband: Interspecies Sexual Assault in the Age of Industrial Meat”


Kane Race Kane Race
Kane Race Kane Race
Nick Davis Benjamin Wegner & Julia Napolitano
Mary Weismantel, Kane Race, and Nick Davis Aaron Norton, Abram J. Lewis, and Nell Hayes
Kelly Gates Mitali Thakor reading Toby Beauchamp's paper
Susan Ehrlich Robert J. Podesva
Che Gossett Amber Jamilla Musser
Winifred Poster Gabriel Rosenberg
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More photos can be found on the SPAN Facebook page.


Previous workshops:

Workshop (2012) — Spiral Staircase“Libidinal Investments: Emerging Scholarship on Sexualities and  the Social” (March 29-30, 2012)

Workshop (2011) — Wet Leaf “Epistemologies of Desire: Beyond Single-Discipline Approaches” (April 28-29, 2011)

Workshop (2010) — Two at a boarder wall “Translocations: Travel, Migration, and Sexuality” (April 29-30, 2010)

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