Thursday, March 26th, 4:00pm Cancelled due to concerns of COVID-19.
WLH Rm 309
“Queerly Chemicalized Ways of Knowing: From Hong Kong to Preoria to Go Cong”
Professor Lee’s talk highlights the “hypointerventions” into our permanently polluted world (also what Liboiron, Calvillo, and Tironi call “slow activism”) made by several artists: NYTimes bestselling author, Ocean Vuong; bedridden blogger and visual artist Peggy Munson; and transgender glassworking artist, Jes Fan. Drawing on the scholarship in critical biopolitical studies, decolonial feminist science and technology studies, and crip care, this lecture outlines an orientation and analytic of “being besides” (that has affinities to theories of the “growing sideways,” “the lateral,” and “adjacency”) as a mode of articulating both a misfit with and proximity to technqiues of the clinic to cope with the effects of (what Professor Lee calls) the military-industrial-poison complex. This lecture is indebted to and contributes to queer disability studies in a decolonial register attentive to war, finance, and (extractive) industry as modes of maiming by chemical proxy.
For more information on this year’s WGSS Speaker Series, Transnationalizing Queer Studies, click here.