Author: Ralph Day

Transitional States and Testo Junkie

On Friday 8 June 2018, the Birkbeck Feminist and Queer Theory Reading Group gathered to discuss Paul B. Preciado’s Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era in the Transitional States exhibition space at the Peltz Gallery at Birkbeck School of Arts. As Transitional States explores feminist and queer perspectives on the use of hormones for contraception, fertility, menopause, and gender transition, we thought that this video art exhibition would be a fertile site to discuss pharmacopornographic subjectivity and ‘gender-hacking’ hormone use.   The Birkbeck Feminist and Queer Theory Reading Group was formed last year, and so far we have met to discuss Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble, Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, and Sara Ahmed’s Living a Feminist Life. The reading group is made up of PhD candidates and MA students from a number of universities in London, and brings together researchers in History, English Literature, Sociology, Gender and Sexuality Studies,...

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