Cite as: Tim Dean, How to Have Sex in a Pandemic, lecture, ICI Berlin, 26 April 2021, video recording, mp4, 41:06 <>
26 Apr 2021

How to Have Sex in a Pandemic

By Tim Dean
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.


ICI Berlin
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Ben Nichols
Peter Rehberg

Organized by

ICI Berlin
Peter Rehberg
Hanna Hamel
Apostolos Lampropoulos
A cooperation of the Schwules Museum Berlin (SMU), the Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (ZfL) with its research project ‘Neighborhood in Contemporary Berlin Literature’

Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds

Video in English

Format: mp4
Length: 00:41:06
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