Associate Professor Kane Race

BA/LLB PhD UNSW
Associate Professor
Chair Gender and Cultural Studies

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3662
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Biographical details

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.

Research interests

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

Current projects

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

  • Sexualities
  • International Journal of Drug Policy

  • Culture, Health and Sexuality

  • Contemporary Drug Problems
  • Biosocieties
  • Somatosphere

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

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2013

  • NETWORK FOR ORGANS, BODIES AND TISSUES (NBOT); Stewart C, Anderson W, Cashman P, Cooper M, Griffiths P, Hooker C, Jordens C, Kerridge I, Lupton D, Magnusson R, Michael M, Pols J, Race K, Salkeld G, Savell K, Scott Bray R, Shewan L, Waldby C; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2012

  • Changing Spaces of HIV Prevention: A cultural analysis of transformations in sexual sociability among gay and homosexually-active men; Race K; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2010

  • The Surveillance and Everyday Life Research Group; Marks P, O'Malley P, Martin G, Robertson S, Cleland K, Epstein C, Clancey G, Race K, Scott Bray R; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.
  • The Environmental Humanities Group; McCalman I, Bashford A, White S, McCreery C, Gibbs M, Schlosberg D, Celermajer D, Philp J, Robertson S, Fitzmaurice A, Giles P, Marks P, Hardie M, Smith V, Alt C, Race K, Allon F; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2008

  • From the tap to the bottle: an international study of the social and material life of bottled water; Race K, Hawkins G; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Race, K. (2009). Pleasure Consuming Medicine: The Queer Politics of Drugs. Durham, NC, United States of America: Duke University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Race, K. (2014). Looking to play? Les technologies de drague en ligne dans la vie gay. In Nelly Quemener and Florian Voros (Eds.), Poli – Politique de l’image, Numero 9 (octobre 2014): Sexe en Public, (pp. 50-61). France: Poli Editions.
  • Hawkins, G., Race, K. (2011). Bottled Water Practices: Reconfiguring Drinking in Bangkok Households. In Ruth Lane and Andrew Gorman-Murray (Eds.), Material Geographies of Household Sustainability, (pp. 113-124). Surrey, England: Ashgate.
  • Race, K. (2011). Party Animals: The significance of drug practices in the materialization of urban gay identity. In Suzanne Fraser and David Moore (Eds.), The Drug Effect: Health, Crime and Society, (pp. 35-56). Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Race, K., Caceres, C. (2010). Knowledge, power and HIV/AIDS: research and the global response. In Peter Aggleton and Richard Parker (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Sexuality, Health and Rights, (pp. 175-183). USA and Canada: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Race, K. (2009). Queer Substances and Normative Substantiations: Of Drugs, Dogs and other Piggy Practices. In Sullivan, Nikki; Murray, Samantha (Eds.), Somatechnics: Queering the Technologisation of Bodies, (pp. 225-243). Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Race, K. (2007). Engaging in a culture of barebacking: Gay men and the risk of HIV prevention. In Kelly Hannah-Moffat and Pat O'Malley (Eds.), Gendered Risks, (pp. 99-126). Abingdon, UK: Cavendish Publishing Limited.

Journals

  • Race, K. (2014). The Difference Practice Makes: Evidence, Articulation, and Affect in HIV Prevention. AIDS Education and Prevention: an interdisciplinary journal, 26(3), 256-266. [More Information]
  • Black, P., Allon, F., Driscoll, C., Probyn, E., Race, K., Redden, G. (2013). Editorial Introduction. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 14(3), 427-431. [More Information]
  • Race, K. (2012). 'Frequent Sipping': Bottled Water, the Will to Health and the Subject of Hydration. Body and Society, 18(3-4), 72-98. [More Information]
  • Race, K. (2012). Framing Responsibility: HIV, Biomedical Prevention, and the Performativity of the Law. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 9(3), 327-338. [More Information]
  • Race, K. (2012). Gender, sexuality and the extended relations of HIV responsiveness. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 14(2), 223-225. [More Information]
  • Race, K. (2011). Drug effects, performativity and the law. International Journal of Drug Policy, 22(6), 410-412. [More Information]
  • Race, K. (2010). Click here for HIV status: Shifting templates of sexual negotiation. Emotion, Space and Society, 3(1), 7-14. [More Information]
  • Holt, M., Bernard, D., Race, K. (2010). Gay Men Vary in Their Beliefs About What Constitutes Sex. Sexual Health, 7(4), 500-501. [More Information]
  • Holt, M., Bernard, D., Race, K. (2010). Gay Men's Perceptions of Sexually Transmissible Infections and Their Experiences of Diagnosis: 'Part of the Way of Life' to Feeling 'Dirty and Ashamed'. Sexual Health, 7(4), 411-416. [More Information]
  • Diprose, R., Stephenson, N., Mills, C., Race, K., Hawkins, G. (2008). Governing the Future: The Paradigm of Prudence in Political Technologies of Risk Management. Security Dialogue, 39(2-3), 267-288. [More Information]
  • Race, K. (2008). Moving Science: Susan Kippax and the Politics of Knowledge. Australian Feminist Studies, 23(58), 543-548.
  • Race, K. (2008). The use of pleasure in harm reduction: Perspectives from the history of sexuality. International Journal of Drug Policy, 19(5), 417-423. [More Information]
  • Race, K. (2005). Recreational States: Drugs and the Sovereignty of Consumption. Culture Machine (Coventry), 7, 1-10.
  • Race, K. (2004). Drugs and Domesticity: Fencing the Nation. Cultural Studies Review, 10(2), 62-84.
  • Persson, A., Race, K., Wakeford, E. (2003). HIV Health in Context: Negotiating Medical Technology and Lived Experience. Health, 7(4), 397-415.
  • Race, K. (2003). Revaluation of Risk among Gay Men. AIDS Education and Prevention: an interdisciplinary journal, 15(4), 369-381.
  • Kippax, S., Race, K. (2003). Sustaining Safe Practice: Twenty Years On. Social Science and Medicine, 57(1), 1-12.
  • Race, K. (2003). The Death of the Dance Party. Australian Humanities Review, 30 (October 2003), 1-13.

Research Reports

  • Bernard, D., Holt, M., Race, K. (2008). Accounts of contemporary gay life in Sydney: Summary of findings of the QUICKIE study, 2007, (pp. 1 - 33). Sydney, Australia: National Centre in HIV Social Research.

2014

  • Race, K. (2014). Looking to play? Les technologies de drague en ligne dans la vie gay. In Nelly Quemener and Florian Voros (Eds.), Poli – Politique de l’image, Numero 9 (octobre 2014): Sexe en Public, (pp. 50-61). France: Poli Editions.
  • Race, K. (2014). The Difference Practice Makes: Evidence, Articulation, and Affect in HIV Prevention. AIDS Education and Prevention: an interdisciplinary journal, 26(3), 256-266. [More Information]

2013

  • Black, P., Allon, F., Driscoll, C., Probyn, E., Race, K., Redden, G. (2013). Editorial Introduction. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 14(3), 427-431. [More Information]

2012

  • Race, K. (2012). 'Frequent Sipping': Bottled Water, the Will to Health and the Subject of Hydration. Body and Society, 18(3-4), 72-98. [More Information]
  • Race, K. (2012). Framing Responsibility: HIV, Biomedical Prevention, and the Performativity of the Law. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 9(3), 327-338. [More Information]
  • Race, K. (2012). Gender, sexuality and the extended relations of HIV responsiveness. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 14(2), 223-225. [More Information]

2011

  • Hawkins, G., Race, K. (2011). Bottled Water Practices: Reconfiguring Drinking in Bangkok Households. In Ruth Lane and Andrew Gorman-Murray (Eds.), Material Geographies of Household Sustainability, (pp. 113-124). Surrey, England: Ashgate.
  • Race, K. (2011). Drug effects, performativity and the law. International Journal of Drug Policy, 22(6), 410-412. [More Information]
  • Race, K. (2011). Party Animals: The significance of drug practices in the materialization of urban gay identity. In Suzanne Fraser and David Moore (Eds.), The Drug Effect: Health, Crime and Society, (pp. 35-56). Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.

2010

  • Race, K. (2010). Click here for HIV status: Shifting templates of sexual negotiation. Emotion, Space and Society, 3(1), 7-14. [More Information]
  • Holt, M., Bernard, D., Race, K. (2010). Gay Men Vary in Their Beliefs About What Constitutes Sex. Sexual Health, 7(4), 500-501. [More Information]
  • Holt, M., Bernard, D., Race, K. (2010). Gay Men's Perceptions of Sexually Transmissible Infections and Their Experiences of Diagnosis: 'Part of the Way of Life' to Feeling 'Dirty and Ashamed'. Sexual Health, 7(4), 411-416. [More Information]
  • Race, K., Caceres, C. (2010). Knowledge, power and HIV/AIDS: research and the global response. In Peter Aggleton and Richard Parker (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Sexuality, Health and Rights, (pp. 175-183). USA and Canada: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2009

  • Race, K. (2009). Pleasure Consuming Medicine: The Queer Politics of Drugs. Durham, NC, United States of America: Duke University Press.
  • Race, K. (2009). Queer Substances and Normative Substantiations: Of Drugs, Dogs and other Piggy Practices. In Sullivan, Nikki; Murray, Samantha (Eds.), Somatechnics: Queering the Technologisation of Bodies, (pp. 225-243). Farnham: Ashgate.

2008

  • Bernard, D., Holt, M., Race, K. (2008). Accounts of contemporary gay life in Sydney: Summary of findings of the QUICKIE study, 2007, (pp. 1 - 33). Sydney, Australia: National Centre in HIV Social Research.
  • Diprose, R., Stephenson, N., Mills, C., Race, K., Hawkins, G. (2008). Governing the Future: The Paradigm of Prudence in Political Technologies of Risk Management. Security Dialogue, 39(2-3), 267-288. [More Information]
  • Race, K. (2008). Moving Science: Susan Kippax and the Politics of Knowledge. Australian Feminist Studies, 23(58), 543-548.
  • Race, K. (2008). The use of pleasure in harm reduction: Perspectives from the history of sexuality. International Journal of Drug Policy, 19(5), 417-423. [More Information]

2007

  • Race, K. (2007). Engaging in a culture of barebacking: Gay men and the risk of HIV prevention. In Kelly Hannah-Moffat and Pat O'Malley (Eds.), Gendered Risks, (pp. 99-126). Abingdon, UK: Cavendish Publishing Limited.

2005

  • Race, K. (2005). Recreational States: Drugs and the Sovereignty of Consumption. Culture Machine (Coventry), 7, 1-10.

2004

  • Race, K. (2004). Drugs and Domesticity: Fencing the Nation. Cultural Studies Review, 10(2), 62-84.

2003

  • Persson, A., Race, K., Wakeford, E. (2003). HIV Health in Context: Negotiating Medical Technology and Lived Experience. Health, 7(4), 397-415.
  • Race, K. (2003). Revaluation of Risk among Gay Men. AIDS Education and Prevention: an interdisciplinary journal, 15(4), 369-381.
  • Kippax, S., Race, K. (2003). Sustaining Safe Practice: Twenty Years On. Social Science and Medicine, 57(1), 1-12.
  • Race, K. (2003). The Death of the Dance Party. Australian Humanities Review, 30 (October 2003), 1-13.

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