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Research Seminar Series: Semester 1 2021 Long Term: Thoughts on Queer Commitment

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Long Term: Thoughts on Queer Commitment
The time is right for a rethinking of intimate publics post-marriage equality. The tension between the popular embrace of same-sex marriage and the queer critique of homonormativity prompts us to explore queer commitments to the long term, broadly conceived. This session brings together some of the contributors from a forthcoming collection of essays edited by Lee Wallace and Scott Herring for Duke University Press. This collection extends thought on commitments not only to significant others but also to things, possessions, institutions, disciplines and change. With this volume of essays we hope to deepen interdisciplinary scholarship in queer temporality studies, disability studies, studies in life writing, and the emergent sub-field of age studies; and to revitalize the concerns of queer theory beyond the commitment to anti-normativity.
Join us as we present three short papers followed by open-ended discussion:
  • Lisa Adkins “Toward a Political Economy of the Long Term"
  • Kane Race “A Lifetime of Drugs”
  • Annamarie Jagose & Lee Wallace “Serial Commitment”
Lisa Adkins is Professor of Sociology and Head of the School of Social at Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. Her contributions to the discipline of sociology lie in the areas of economic sociology, social theory and feminist theory. Recent publications include The Asset Economy (Wiley, 2020, with Melinda Cooper and Martijn Konings) and The Time of Money (Stanford UP, 2018). She is joint Editor-in-Chief of Australian Feminist Studies.
Annamarie Jagose is a scholar in feminist studies, lesbian/gay studies, and queer theory. She is the author of four monographs, most recently Orgasmology (Duke UP, 2012), which takes orgasm as its scholarly object in order to think queerly about questions of politics and pleasure; practice and subjectivity; agency and ethics. She is also an award-winning novelist and short story writer.
Kane Race is Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. He has published widely on questions of HIV infection, sexuality, biomedicine, drug use, digital culture, risk, and care practices, motivated by the capacity of bodies and pleasures to intervene in the disciplinary production of knowledge, subjects, technologies, and life. He is the author of Pleasure Consuming Medicine: The Queer Politics of Drugs (Duke UP, 2009), Plastic Water: The Social and Material Life of Bottled Water (co-authored with Gay Hawkins and Emily Potter, MIT Press, 2015), and The Gay Science: Intimate Experiments with the Problem of HIV (Routledge, 2017).
Lee Wallace is Associate Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. She is the author of three monographs, most recently Reattachment Theory: Queer Cinema of Remarriage (Duke UP, 2020). With Scott Herring, she is co-editor of Long Term: Essays on Queer Commitment (Duke UP, forthcoming August 2021).

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