This is happening this weekend! Check the symposium schedule here. I’ll be presenting a short talk entitled “Beyond Outsiderhood: Rethinking Tropes of Gender Non-Conformance,” focusing on the limitations of understanding trans* and queer subjectivities through the spatial metaphors of margin and center, particularly within a neoliberal milieu wherein queer embodiment and identity are complexly entangled with big pharma, reductive sexological strategies of diagnosis, and a dimorphic cultural imaginary that compels certain concessions and complicities as survival strategies. I’m stoked to be presenting on a panel with my former colleague Colin Johnson, over at Indiana University, who’s recently been working on issues related to anti-sociality, and hear vidoegame/philo-nerd Cameron Kunzelman’s new research on the geography of gamespace. If you’re at all close to ATL, come join us!
Folks! It’s been a season of publications coming to fruition, with three recently written works moving to print.
The first is a little text – “The Waiting Room: Ontological Homelessess, Sexual Synedoche, and Queer Becoming” – in a special issue of the Journal of Medical Humanities entitled “Queer in the Clinic,” curated by Lance Wahlert and Autumn Fiester, who are the folks who run the multifaceted international project on Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity. It’s a fantastic issue, and a great resource for people thinking and writing at the intersection of queer theory and bio/medical ethics. My piece, specifically, is an autobiographical meditation on the medicalization of intersex conditions; a theory-oriented account of all the time I’ve had to spend waiting around in the offices of various medical specialists, and the consequences of that waiting for my emotional health and well-being.
The second piece appears in the volume The Imperfect Historian: Disability Histories in Europe, edited by Sebastian Barsch, Anne Klein, and Pieter Verstraete. Entitled “Queer Monsters: Foucault, ‘Hermaphroditism,’ and Disability Studies,” the text is an extensive engagement with Foucaultian biopolitics and technologies of the self, filtered through a close analysis of the journals of Herculine Barbin. The editors had some kind words to say about it in the preface: “More than any other contribution in the field of disability history, Malatino succeeds in showing how the work of Foucault and its application to history does not have to lead to a negatively interpreted nihilism, but can warm our hearts and boost our activity.”
The last is “Utopian Pragmatics: Bash Back! and the Temporality of Radical Queer Action,” in A Critical Inquiry Into Queer Utopias, edited by Angela Jones and part of Palgrave’s Critical Studies in Gender, Sexuality, and Culture series. The book is a substantive engagement with the work, and multiple critiques of, Edelman’s No Future, and Tim Dean had this to say about it: “this fascinating volume assembles qualitative research that, by tracing the extraordinary potential inherent in ordinary lives and everyday practices of freedom, gives the lie to anti-futurity polemics in queer theory.” High praise, indeed. A friend has referred to my particular contribution as an “intense exegesis” of the writings affiliated with Bash Back! and, well, I think he was right. It’s all about active nihilism, having a future, queer crews, and the pragmatics of building rad space and support.