ARCSHS Lunchtime Seminar presenting two international visiting research fellows

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Dr. Jamie Hakim, Lecturer in Media Studies, University of East Anglia, UK, will be presenting “The Rise of Chemsex: queering collective intimacy in neoliberal London”. Following this Profesor J. Ignacio Pichardo at Complutense University, Madrid, will present “LGBT+ rights in a transcultural comparative perspective, the case of Spain.”

Wednesday 12 December 2018 11:30 am until Wednesday 12 December 2018 01:00 pm (Add to calendar)
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The Rise of Chemsex: queering collective intimacy in neoliberal London - Dr. Jamie Hakim

Since 2011, various public health organizations have observed the growth of the sexual practice ‘chemsex’ in the UK, primarily in London. The term chemsex refers to group sexual encounters between gay and bisexual men in which the recreational drugs GHB/GBL, mephedrone and crystallized methamphetamine are consumed. In this presentation I will use a conjunctural perspective to make sense of the rise of chemsex within the historical conditions in which it has emerged. Drawing on a document analysis as well as interviews with 15 gay and bisexual men, I will argue that the rise of chemsex can be interpreted as an embodied response to material conditions shaped by neoliberalism: specifically as a desire for an intimate mode of collectivity during a historical moment when collectivity itself is being superseded by competitive individualism as the privileged mode of being in the world (Gilbert, 2013) In doing so, this presentation provides a different account to pathologizing media and medical representations of chemsex that have appeared in the UK since 2015.

Dr Jamie Hakim is a lecturer in media studies at the University of East Anglia. His research is concerned with masculinity, the body, intimacy and digital media. He will explore these concerns in a monograph called 'The Male Body in Digital Culture' due to be published as part of Rowman & Littlefield’s Radical Cultural Studies series in 2020. Between 2001 and 2014 he held various editorial positions at Attitude, Europe's leading gay culture magazine.

LGBT+ rights in a transcultural comparative perspective: The Case of Spain - Professor J. Ignacio Pichardo

This paper will be introduced with a short cultural and historical presentation that will provide the context of the Spanish situation with regards to LGBT+ rights in the country. The second part of this talk will reflect on the ultraconservative movements against women and LGBT rights in Spain, their strategies, actors and their international connections. To conclude, a small reflection about the role of academia in these debates will be discussed.

Professor J. Ignacio Pichardo is a professor in the Social Anthropology Department of Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Graduate and Doctor in the same discipline from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Teaches classes on Anthropology of Gender, Research Techniques with Audiovisual Media, and Development and Cooperation Anthropology. Has undertaken research and/or teaching stays at Universidad de Barcelona, San Francisco State University, Laboratoire de Sciences Sociales in Paris, Université du Québec à Montréal, Universidade Estadual Paulista and Universidad de Buenos Aires and has worked as a teacher at Syracuse University of Madrid.
Co-director of the Anthropology, Diversity and Integration Research Group. His own research projects focus on issues of kinship, family, sexuality, gender and interculturality. Has completed and published various investigations into sexual diversity, lesbian women and human rights, gay and lesbian families and, particularly, the situation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans adolescents in educational environments.
Has been Secretary of the Network of Iberoamerican Anthropologists (AIBR) and a member of its Management Board since 2002. A member of Sexualidades, an interdisciplinary network for research into sexual diversity, and the administrator of its distribution list. Also belongs to the Madrid Anthropology Institute, to the University Institute of Women’s Studies of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and to the Euro-Mediterranean University Institute of Universidad Complutense de Madrid.


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Building NR8, La Trobe University, Bundoora, 3086



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