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Over the past two decades online cruising sites have become part of the sexual infrastructure of gay life in many locations.
Since 2009 their capacities have been extended by the introduction of geo- locative applications such as Grindr. This paper considers how certain functions of these online hook- up devices are participating in the emergence of new forms of sexual relation, new distributions of intimacy and new sexual arrangements. Kane will argue that online hook-up devices generally act in gay culture as ‘framing devices’, framing sex as a ‘no-strings’ encounter via their default application. But these frames are variously rejected, reconfigured, re-embedded or confounded by participants; they become subject to various forms of overflowing. Understanding this dynamic – its typical forms of connection and estrangement – is pivotal for grasping the emergence of new forms of sexual community and new sexual publics among gay men – and/or ‘un-community’, as some have put it. Kane’s analysis prompts a series of methodological reflections wrought from the encounter it stages between queer theory and Science and Technology Studies. He will discuss how STS promotes a non-deterministic approach to identity while extending this premise to the performance of non-human actors.
Kane Race’s work has explored embodied engagements with medicine across various different contexts and cultures of consumption: HIV/AIDS; sexual practice; drug use (both licit and illicit); and more recently, markets in bottled water. He is the author of Pleasure Consuming Medicine: The Queer Politics of Drugs (Duke University Press, 2009), and (with Gay Hawkins and Emily Potter), Plastic Water (MIT Press, forthcoming). As part of an ARC Discovery Grant on Changing Spaces of HIV Prevention, he is currently exploring the use of online hook-up devices within gay culture, focusing on their participation in emergent subjectivities, sexual practices, and distributions of intimacy.