Immoral Panics: Black Queer Aesthetics and the Construction of Risk
Tue, February 11th, 2020
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
In this lecture, Jamal Batts takes up risk and risk-taking, as these concepts are mobilized in queer studies, to mark an aesthetic theory and speculative history of racialized moral panic. He looks to constructions of risk and risk-taking found in the work of black queer writers, filmmakers, and painters—including Essex Hemphill, Marlon Riggs, Mark Bradford, and Tiona Nekkia McClodden—to query our contemporary moment and the history upon which it is claimed to stand. The lecture considers the racial implications of historicizing the HIV/AIDS epidemic during a contemporary moment wherein queer scholarship finds sexual risk-taking to be the vanguard of radical queer practice and black gay men are warned that one in two will contract HIV at some point in their lives.
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