Richard Karl Deang
Richard Karl Deang is pursuing a PhD in Comparative Gender Studies with a concentration in Anthropology at Central European University. His dissertation is an ethnographic investigation of the biomedical category “men who have sex with men” in the context of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the current biopolitical crisis of the Philippines. It is concomitantly a project in the field of science and technology studies (STS) that offers a postcolonial, queer critique of the continuing mutual construction of sexuality, pathology, race, neocolonialism, and geopolitics in the global biomedical age. Through his research, he aims to map out the ways in which sex, disease, drugs, and online lives constitute biosocial identity categories that are adopted, defined, and tranformed in different ways by local HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations in the Global South/East. His academic interests lie at the interface of queer and biocultural anthropology, men’s studies, science and technology studies, and postcolonial theory.