Spring Updates

This fall I continued my work for the AIDS Activist History Project, primarily indexing oral history transcripts from Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto. I also had the opportunity to interview Earl Pinchuk and Andy Sorfleet for the project, discussing ACT UP/Montreal and sex worker organizing in Toronto and Vancouver respectively. I’ve also continued with my “From the Video Vault” series for the project’s blog with an omnibus post for International Women’s Day on Canadian women making work on HIV/AIDS. In addition to this online writing, I just submitted a revised version of my piece “HIV Not Welcome Here: Canada’s Exclusion of HIV-Positive Immigrants” to the anthology Queer Migrations II that is due out in 2019. I’ll also co-present a paper reflecting on the last five years of the AAHP with my colleague Danielle Normandeau for the Sexuality Studies Association’s annual conference at the 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (May 27-29, 2018) in Regina.

I’ve just returned from the Law, Culture, and Humanities annual conference at Georgetown Law (March 16-17, 2018) where I presented alongside Sheryl Hamilton and Chantal Nadeau. My paper, “The Cost of Erotic Touch: Sex Work, Migration, and Employment Regulation in Canada,” investigates the logic behind recent changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker program that excludes erotic services as the only type of labour from which migrant workers are excluded.  This paper will also be presented at the Othered Senses Workshop in Montreal later this spring (May 2-5,  2018).

I’m also working on a book review of Avram Finkelstein‘s After Silence: A History of AIDS through Its Images for QED Journal. It’s a fantastic book that demystifies the process by which the images that have come to be associated with ACT UP New York were made. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read in the last couple years and highly recommended.

I should also be able to finish my next experimental short video Nineteen-Ninety-Nothing in the coming months, hopefully in time to premiere at a yet-to-be-named queer experimental film festival. N-N-N is a media mashup that relays my own distaste for the nineties, the decade of my childhood, through the decade’s most-seen moving images: OJ Simpson, Waco, Gulf War, John Wayne Bobbitt, Columbine, Jenny Jones Show murder, Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky, Princess Diana, HIV/AIDS, Menendez brothers, pedophile priests, Boris Yeltsin, Daria, Kosovo, Nickelodeon, Yasser Araft, JonBenét Ramsey, MTV, BlockBuster, Jack Kevorkian, Nintendo, gay VHS video porn, AOL, Rodney King, 90210, and so much more…