This essay explores representations of parasitism and crisis in queer theory and public climate discourse in order to situate queer critiques of reproduction in the context of neoliberalism's ongoing carbon-driven extinctions. Focusing on racialized climate research that predicts the spread of mosquito-borne diseases from South to North in a warming world, the essay argues for the significance of ambient forms of reproduction that move across both species and geographic zones of waste and surplus. In contrast to queer-negative arguments for the sovereign refusal of reproduction, this essay contends that queer publics are always already locked into complex ecologies of reproduction embedded in the carbon economy. A queer-inhumanist critique thus requires understanding lateral forms of affective entanglement that link geographically and temporally distant bodies through ecological and economic processes of extermination.
Neel Ahuja; Intimate Atmospheres: Queer Theory in a Time of Extinctions. GLQ 1 June 2015; 21 (2-3): 365–385. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10642684-2843227
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