“Right Time, Right Place: Black Queer Sex, Love, and Life in the Age of AIDS”
Marlon M. Bailey
Associate Professor | School of Social Transformation | Arizona State University
9 Feb. 2016 | 7pm
SSMU Ballroom | McGill University
Drawn from his ethnographic study of Black gay sex and subjectivity, Marlon M. Bailey will deliver a lecture-performance that explores what it means for black queer men to experience sex, pleasure, and love in the age of AIDS. Through a combination of enactment and analysis, Bailey will share narratives from his research and explore the complexities of his community’s relationship to the pandemic.
Marlon M. Bailey is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. His performance ethnography on Ballroom culture, Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2013. Butch Queens Up in Pumps won the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize from the GL/Q Caucus at the Modern Language Association (MLA) and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Book Award in LGBT studies. Bailey has published essays in Feminist Studies, Souls, The Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, AIDS Patient Care & STDs, LGBT Health, and in several book collections. He is also an accomplished actor, director, and performance artist, performing at professional theatres in San Francisco, Washington DC, Louisville, Minneapolis, and Detroit. Bailey holds a PhD in African American Studies with a designated emphasis in Gender, Women, and Sexuality from the University of California- Berkeley. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Brothers United, a Black gay HIV/AIDS prevention agency in Indianapolis.
The lecture will take place in English.