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Critical, queer, and feminist scholars have turned to the rubric of intimacy in order to explain how political, economic, and normative regimes are affecting forms of social relationships. This talk brings this analytic focus on intimacy into conversation with the emerging attention to infrastructure in science studies and allied fields. A methodology attentive to infrastructure offers a materialist, constructivist approach to chronicling forms of intimacy produced in capitalist modernity.
Ara Wilson is the author of The Intimate Economies of Bangkok: Tomboys, Tycoons and Avon Ladies in the Global City and is working on a book, Sexual Latitudes, that discusses the intersection of sexuality with globalization. She teaches in Women’s Studies at Duke University and co-chairs the Association for Queer Anthropology.