Public talk “Sexual Wordlings: MSM Orientations” by Dr Paul Boyce at Helsinki University

Queer Wills and CoreKin projects warmly welcome you to a public talk “Sexual Worldings: ‘MSM’ Orientations ” by Dr Paul Boyce.

Tue 23rd of January at 4-6 pm University of Helsinki, Unioninkatu 38, Lecture Hall C 120

The talk is free and open to everyone!

Hoping to see many of you in two weeks!

Please spread the word to your friends, colleagues and all persons interested.


Abstract: This talk considers ways in which public health rubrics employed for the designation of evidentiary sexual subjects in HIV prevention research and programming may comprise an affective component of sexual worldings. One example is the use of the rubric ‘MSM’ in health promotion and as taken up popularly beyond such contexts. This can be seen to occur when people employ the phrase “ I am MSM” as a seeming term of identity. In the analysis I propose, ‘MSM’ is considered as a means via which social actors may defer a sense of stigmatized sexual selfhood or subjectivity into impersonal, object and abstracted health promotion categories. I perceive such actions as indicative of ways in which (queer) life-worlds may be typified by concealment even at the point at which they might be bound up in knowledge making activities. Taking life-contexts in and around HIV preventioncommunity-projects in India as an example, the chapter considers how terms such as ‘MSM’ (and other public health designations) might ‘think’ their subjects – as categories in varied orientations toward sexualities. This opens up wider questions about the ontologies of queer worldings and ethnographic evidence.


Don’t Miss: You can also read the recent blog “But What To Do? Kevin Spacey and the Queer Effects of Sexual Abuse” by Dr Paul Boyce on the website of CoreKin project