25 Years

HIV/AIDS Capitalism and Queer Anti-anti Normativity

Date: 
Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:00pm
Event Location: 
537 Heller Hall

Presented by Shana Ye, PhD Candidate, Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies 

Abstract: Dominant accounts attribute the increasing visibility of China’s LGBT culture and identity to China’s post-socialist transition and participation in globalization. In this talk, I examine gay subject formation at Beijing’s cruising sites as critique of neoliberal capitalism, rather than result of it. By looking at how HIV/AIDS movement in China, starting from the 1990s, has created opportunities for the development of NGOs and gay solidarity as well as exploited bodies and human debris, I call for a critical rewriting of the emergence of Chinese gayness in order to disrupt the logic of neoliberal globalization.