Vortrag · Berlin

26.04.2021 · 19:00
How to Have Sex in a Pandemic

Queer-theoretical accounts of intimacy in particular have been decisively shaped by readings of art and literature and psychoanalytic reflection. In this context, Tim Dean’s 2009 “Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking” has presented a crucial intervention. For Dean, the practice of condom-less sex and ‘breeding’ becomes a place to reinvent community and ethics. For the past ten years, Dean’s thinking has evolved around questions of infection, pharmaceutical regimes, and the forms of the self and the social that come with them. His talk “How to Have Sex in a Pandemic” echoes the title of Douglas Crimp’s seminal 1987 essay about AIDS “How to Have Promiscuity in an Epidemic?”

This lecture series takes queer theory’s conversation about intimacy as a starting point to discuss some of its cultural possibilities, mediated forms, and philosophical trajectories in the context of Corona. It is part of the public program of the exhibition “Intimacy: New Queer Art from Berlin and Beyond” at Schwules Museum.

In cooperation of the ICI Berlin, the ZfL research project “Neighborhood in Contemporary Berlin Literature” and the Schwules Museum. Supported with funds form the Capital Cultural Fund (HKF).


ICI Berlin
Christinenstr. 18–19, Haus 8
10119 Berlin


Tim Dean (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Ben Nichols (ICI Berlin)
Peter Rehberg (Schwules Museum)
Registration and participation

The event will take place online via Zoom. For participation, please register in advance on the dedicated ICI event page [www.ici-berlin.org/series/intimacy], the number of participants will be limited. An additional public livestream will be provided.

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