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Doing Queer Love

Feminism, AIDS, and History

Lisa Diedrich

In this essay, I utilize the concept of the echo, as formulated in the historical and methodological work of Michel Foucault and Joan W. Scott, to help theorize the historical relationship between health feminism and AIDS activism. I trace the echoes between health feminism and AIDS activism in order to present a more complex history of both movements, and to try to think through the ways that the coming together of these two struggles in a particular place and time—New York City in the 1980s—created particular practices that might be effective in other times and places. The practice that I focus on here is one that I call 'doing queer love'. As I hope to show, 'doing queer love' both describes a particular history of health activism and opens up the possibility of bringing into being a different future than the one a conventional history of AIDS seems to predict. It is an historical echo that I believe we must try to hear now, not just in order to challenge a particular history of AIDS activism in the United States, but also in order to provide a model that can be useful for addressing the continuing problem of AIDS across the globe.

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Janet Elise Johnson and Mara Lazda

Ann Snitow, Emerita Lecturer in Liberal Studies and Associate Professor of Literature at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College, passionate feminist and scholar for almost five decades in New York City, fearless activist and

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Marie Paxton and Uğur Aytaç

League of the Iroquois and the contemporary example of PB in New York City (PBNYC). Discussion of the League of the Iroquois—which was initially formed to keep peace between five tribes (which later became six)—highlights how participatory democracy was

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Ioana Cîrstocea

Introduction: A Sui Generis Actor in Transnational Feminism The Network of East-West Women (NEWW), a transnational feminist group established in New York City in the aftermath of the Cold War, played an instrumental role in debating women

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“The 1990s Wasn't Just a Time of Bandits; We Feminists Were Also Making Mischief!”

Celebrating Twenty Years of Feminist Enlightenment Projects in Tver’

Julie Hemment and Valentina Uspenskaya

–based) Feminist Press, who you met in New York City in the late 1990s. Valentina: Yes, I have a couple of publishing projects in motion that actively engage my students at the moment. The first is a reader project. I'm encouraging my students to create a reader

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The Democracy of Everyday Life in Disaster

Holding Our Lives in Their Hands

Nancy L. Rosenblum

Lies Below ,” Guardian , September 7 . www.guardian.co.uk/2005/se/08/hurricanekatrina.usa6 . Knoll , Corina ; Paybarah , Aziz , Meschke , Jacob , and Chen , Elaine “ 11 Numbers That Show How the Coronavirus Has Changed New York City

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The Wall, the Ban, and the Objectification of Women

Has “Uncle Sam” Learned any Lessons from “Typhoid Mary?”

Amani Othman and William W. Darrow

Meet Mary Mallon Judith Leavitt (1997) describes Mary Mallon as the first person to be documented as a “healthy typhoid carrier” in the United States. Mallon was born in Cookstown, Ireland, in 1869 and immigrated to New York City in 1883

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Shobita Parthasarathy

al. 2010 . “ Laboratory Surge Response to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Outbreak, New York City Metropolitan Area, USA .” Emerging Infectious Diseases 16 ( 1 ): 8 – 13 . 10.3201/eid1601.091167 Gostin , Lawrence O. , and Eric A. Friedman . 2020

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Jodi Dean

the coronavirus outbreak in the US, many people prepared to die, and to die suffocating and alone. Many did. In New York City they were found dead in their apartments. Some died in the street after being released from the hospital. Bodies piled up

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American Quarantine

The Right to Housing in a Pandemic

Bonnie Honig

New York City's public transportation system. Cars and stations have to be thoroughly and regularly cleaned during a pandemic or essential workers will not be able to get safely to work, says Governor Cuomo. He is not wrong but government has room to