AIDS and the Distribution of Crises

Book Pages: 368 Illustrations: 23 illustrations Published: April 2020

African American Studies and Black Diaspora, Gender and Sexuality > LGBTQ Studies, Medicine and Health > Medical Humanities

AIDS and the Distribution of Crises engages with the AIDS pandemic as a network of varied historical, overlapping, and ongoing crises born of global capitalism and colonial, racialized, gendered, and sexual violence. Drawing on their investments in activism, media, anticolonialism, feminism, and queer and trans of color critiques, the scholars, activists, and artists in this volume outline how the neoliberal logic of “crisis” structures how AIDS is aesthetically, institutionally, and politically reproduced and experienced. Among other topics, the authors examine the writing of the history of AIDS; settler colonial narratives and laws impacting risk in Indigenous communities; the early internet regulation of both content and online AIDS activism; the Black gendered and sexual politics of pleasure, desire, and (in)visibility; and how persistent attention to white men has shaped AIDS as intrinsic to multiple, unremarkable crises among people of color and in the Global South.

Contributors. Cecilia Aldarondo, Pablo Alvarez, Marlon M. Bailey, Emily Bass, Darius Bost, Ian Bradley-Perrin, Jih-Fei Cheng, Bishnupriya Ghosh, Roger Hallas, Pato Hebert, Jim Hubbard, Andrew J. Jolivette, Julia S. Jordan-Zachery, Alexandra Juhasz, Dredge Byung'chu Kang-Nguyễn, Theodore (Ted) Kerr, Catherine Yuk-ping Lo, Cait McKinney, Viviane Namaste, Elton Naswood, Cindy Patton, Margaret Rhee, Juana María Rodríguez, Sarah Schulman, Nishant Shahani, C. Riley Snorton, Eric A. Stanley, Jessica Whitbread, Quito Ziegler


“An exceptionally exciting book, AIDS and the Distribution of Crises is unlike any other collection on HIV/AIDS I have read. This volume makes critically important interventions into our past, present, and future imaginations of HIV/AIDS. It should be widely read and taught.” — Jennifer Brier, author of Infectious Ideas: U.S. Political Responses to the AIDS Crisis

“This volume reshapes our critical orientation by insisting on a conception of the AIDS pandemic not as a rarefied historical period or a particular epidemiological tragedy but rather as a space for opening up theoretical and conceptual inquires into the violent consequences caused by the ideological deployment and dissemination of ‘crisis.’ A capacious and compelling rendering of the AIDS pandemic, it offers a potent dwelling space for critical reflection and a powerful provocation into thinking otherwise about AIDS and the world at large.” — Martin F. Manalansan IV, author of Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora


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Foreword / Cindy Patton  vii
Preface / Jih-Fei Cheng, Alexandra Juhasz, and Nishant Shahani  xvii
Acknowledgments  xxvii
Introduction / Jih-Fei Cheng, Alexandra Juhasz, and Nishant Shahani  1
1. Dispatches on the Globalization of AIDS / A Dialogue between Theodore (Ted) Kerr, Catherine Yuk-ping Lo, Ian Bradley-Perrin, Sarah Schulman, and Eric A. Stanley, with an Introduction by Nishant Shahani  29
2. The Costs of Living: Reflections on Global Health Crises / Bishnupriya Ghosh  60
3. AIDS, Women of Color Feminisms, Queer and Trans of Color Critiques, and the Crises of Knowledge Production / Jih-Fei Cheng  76
4. Safe, Soulful Sex: HIV/AIDS Talk / Julia S. Jordan-Zachery  93
5. AIDS Histories Otherwise: The Case of Haitians in Montreal / Viviane Namaste  131
6. "A Voice Demonic and Proud": Shifting the Geographies of Blame in Assotto Saint's "Sacred Life: Art and AIDS" / Darius Bost  148
7. Crisis Infrastructures: AIDS Activism Meets Internet Regulation / Cait McKinney  162
8. Dispatches from the Pasts/Memories of AIDS / A Dialogue between Cecilia Aldarondo, Roger Hallas, Pablo Alvarez, Jim Hubbard, and Dredge Byung’chu Kang-Nguye^~n , with an Introduction by Jih-Fei Cheng  183
9. Black Gay Men's Sexual Health and the Means of Pleasure in the Age of AIDS / Marlon M. Bailey  217
10. HIV, Indigeneity, and Settler Colonialism: Understanding PTIS, Crisis Resolution, and the Art of Ceremony / Andrew J. Jolivette  236
11. Activism and Identity in the Ruins of Representation / Juana María Rodríguez  257
12. Dispatches from the Futures of AIDS / A Dialogue between Emily Bass, Pato Hebert, Elton Naswood, Margaret Rhee, and Jessica Whitbread, with Images by Quito Ziegler and and Introduction by Alexandra Juhasz  288
Afterword. On Crisis and Abolition / C. Riley Snorton  313
Contributors  319
Index  329
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Cait McKinney's essay “Crisis Infrastructures: AIDS Activism Meets Internet Regulation” (chapter 7 in AIDS and the Distribution of Crises) has won the SCMS Best Essay in an Edited Collection Award.

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