February 5, 2015 by: Natalie Fleming
The Queer Studies Research Workshop presents:
W. Dustin Parrott:
Is the Rectum a Womb? Bug-Chasing and New Futures: Queer Theory and the Death of a Way of Life
5:00pm Wednesday February 25, 2015
606 Clemens Hall
Queer theorists have been at odds over the so-called antisocial thesis seemingly since Leo Bersani inaugurated the concept in his seminal “Is the Rectum a Grave?” With the publication of Judith Butler’s meditations on precarious and grievable lives, Tim Dean’s Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking and Lee Edelman’s No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive, that battle became all the more heated, especially as queerness seemed to be an ever-more fertile figure for death and damage to the Social.
But perhaps arguments about the antisocial thesis–in addition to arguments about barebacking and its more extreme form, bug-chasing–have been articulated in unnecessarily oppositional terms; perhaps sociality and death are not opposed, and those who seek to give birth to a new form of dying as they chase the bug (HIV) are not destroying the possibility of a future, but are laboring to produce a pregnant intimacy that is as much about the refusal of limits as it is about their retroactive installation in the sufferability of all being as we come into one another’s lives.
W. Dustin Parrott is a Ph.D. candidate in the UB Department of English. He will be reading excerpts from his dissertation, How to Do Things With AIDS: Death, Pleasure, and Queer Subjectivity in the Epidemic.
Support for the Queer Studies Research Workshop provided by the UB Humanities Institute