Associate Professor Kane Race
BA/LLB PhD UNSW
Chair Gender and Cultural Studies
A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney
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Associate Professor Kane Race joined the department in 2007, after working at the National Centre in HIV Social Research at UNSW, where he also undertook his PhD in Health, Sexuality & Culture. He is a founding member of the Association for the Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV/AIDS and has published widely on the impact of HIV antiretroviral therapies on gay cultures, practices and politics. His 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. His current work is concerned with the ways in which online devices and technologies participate in the making of new cultures, spaces and practices.
Kane is currently researching relations between technologies, spaces, bodies, practices and objects in the materialization of HIV/AIDS, sexual culture and the experience of drugs. As part of an ARC Discovery Grant on Changing Spaces of HIV Prevention, he is exploring the impact of online hook-up devices on gay culture, subjectivities and practices. In a related project, he explores how individuals and entities become subjects of HIV prevention in the context of new legal and biomedical developments. In other research, he concerned with the impact of policing practices on the changing materialization of drug problems, including the frames used to understand and grasp such processes. In each of these projects, he draws on affect theory, science and technology studies, queer theory and object-oriented process studies to produce new ways of attending to socio-material events and processes. A central concern running through his work is the enactment of effective care practices that maximize pleasure.
Teaching and supervision
Kane is interested in supervising conceptually driven, empirically engaged projects in the areas of sexuality; gender; health; medicine; consumption; drug use; HIV/AIDS; online culture and science and technology studies. He is particularly interested in working with students who wish to conduct insider ethnographies of cultures in which they are situated.
GCST2607 Bodies, Sexualities & Identities
GCST5902 Natures and Cultures of Bodies
Kane is currently working on a book project called Plastic Water, with Professor Gay Hawkins and Dr Emily Potter, based on the ARC Discovery Project, From the Tap to the Bottle: an international study of the social and material life of bottled water.
Awards and honours
Editorial Advisory Boards
- International Journal of Drug Policy
- Culture, Health and Sexuality
- Contemporary Drug Problems
Other Awards and Honours
- UNSW Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences prize for Best Thesis 2004
Association for the Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV – Board Member 2012/3
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