Because this special issue centers “intraventive” cultural practice and knowledge, we do not see artistic modes of production as separate from other modes of theorizing. The essays in this collection engage multiple fields and draw from a range of (inter)disciplinary perspectives. Together, these essays, creative works, forum, and interviews offer a challenge to biomedical approaches to the epidemic that emphasize individual treatment and prevention. Rather they affirm a historical and ongoing tradition of “intraventive” cultural, political, and theoretical approaches that view the epidemic’s disproportionate impact on black communities as rooted in preexisting structural inequalities. Moreover, these contributions demonstrate how HIV/AIDS has transformed the meaning of blackness, while revealing how intersectional approaches to the study of HIV/AIDS contribute to the broader field of black studies.
Marlon M. Bailey, Arizona State University
Darius Bost, University of Utah