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Chase Ledin is an historian and sociologist whose work explores the social and cultural dimensions of HIV/AIDS and sexual health in the US and UK. His work contributes to queer STS, critical public health, and the histories of medicine, science and technology. Chase recently submitted his PhD in the Centre for Biomedicine, Self, and Society at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He seeks to continue his work as a university researcher and lecturer.
Biomedicine; Health Promotion; History of Science; History of Western Medicine; Science and Technology Studies; Sexual Health; Sociology of Health & Illness; Visual Cultures
Doctor of Philosophy, Social and Cultural Theory
Thesis: “Post-AIDS Imaginaries: Configuring Speculative Futures in the Cultures of HIV Intervention.”
University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Master of Arts, Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory
Thesis: “The ‘End of AIDS’: Toward a Theory of Death in the New Chronic Mode.”
King’s College London, England, United Kingdom
Bachelor of Arts, Honours English and Sociology of Sexuality
Senior Project: “Methods for Implementing Gender-Inclusive Housing at The Ohio State University: A Benchmark Study.”
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
Academic Journals (peer-reviewed):
Ledin, Chase. (2021). Retroactivism and Futurity in 120 BPM and Théo et Hugo. Modern and Contemporary France. Open access. Online first.
García-Iglesias, Jaime, and Chase Ledin. (2021). ‘Who cares if you’re poz right now?’: Barebackers, HIV and COVID-19. Sociology of Health and Illness. Open access. Online first.
Ledin, Chase, and Benjamin Weil. (2021). ‘Test Now, Stop HIV’: COVID-19 Pandemic and the ‘End of HIV’. Culture, Health and Sexuality 23(11), pp. 1470-1484. Open access.
Academic Journals (non-peer-reviewed):
Ledin, Chase, and Benjamin Weil. (2021). ‘Healthy Publics’ and the Pedagogy of It’s a Sin. European Journal of Cultural Studies. Special Issue on Russell T. Davies’s It’s a Sin. Forthcoming 2021.
Ledin, Chase, and Ash Kotak. (2022). “Crafting the London AIDS Memorial,” in: Crafted With Pride: Queer Craft and Contemporary Activism in Britain. Edited by Daniel Fountain. Bristol, UK: Intellect Books. Forthcoming 2022.
Ledin, Chase. (2022). “Reliving Hygienist Histories in Post-AIDS Visual Cultures,” in: Capturing Contagion: Visual Culture and Epidemic Disease Since 1750. Edited by Marsha Morton and Ann-Marie Akehurst. New York: Routledge. Forthcoming 2022.
Møller, Kristian, and Chase Ledin. (2021). “Viral Hauntology: Specters of AIDS in Infrastructures of Gay Sexual Sociability,” in: Affects, Interfaces, Events. Edited by Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen, Jette Kofoed & Jonas Fritsch. Vancouver: Imbricate! pp. 147-162.
Cifor, Marika. (2022). Viral Cultures: Activist Archiving in the Age of AIDS. Book review by Chase Ledin. New Genetics and Society. Forthcoming 2022.
Underman, Kelly. (2020). Feeling Medicine: How the Pelvic Exam Shapes Medical Training. Book review by Chase Ledin (2021). The Polyphony. Online.
Broqua, Christophe. (2020). Action=Vie: A History of AIDS Activism and Gay Politics in France. Book review by Chase Ledin (2021). Sociology of Health and Illness 43(6), pp. 1559-1560.
Atanasoski, Neda., and Kalindi, Vora. (2019). Surrogate Humanity: Race, Robots, and the Politics of Technological Futures. Book review by Chase Ledin. (2021). Fantastika Journal 5(1), pp. 86-88.
Kagan, Dion. (2018). Positive Images: Gay Men and HIV/AIDS in the Culture of Post-Crisis. Book review by Chase Ledin. (2021). The Journal of Homosexuality 68(1), pp. 173-176.
Milanich, Nara. (2019). Paternity: The Elusive Quest for the Father. Book review by Chase Ledin. (2020). New Genetics and Society 40(2), pp. 246-248.
Stoner, Andrew. (2019). The Journalist of Castro Street: The Life of Randy Shilts. Book review by Chase Ledin. (2020). Media History 26(2), pp. 230-232.
Lothian, Alexis. (2018). Old Futures: Speculative Fiction and Queer Possibility. Book review by Chase Ledin. (2020). Fantastika Journal 4(1), pp. 168-171.
Ledin, Chase. (2020). “Desiring Objects.” The Polyphony. 4 Jun.
Weil, Benjamin, and Ledin, Chase. (2019). “PrEP at the After/Party: The ‘Post-AIDS’ Politics of Frank Ocean’s ‘PrEP+’.” Somatosphere. 4 Nov.
Ledin, Chase. (2019). “The Mundane Virus.” The Polyphony. 11 Oct.
“Busted, In Holborn.” Chelsea Station Magazine, November 2015.
“Seventh Shard.” Rogue Poetry Review, September 2015.
“Madame Mñ,” “Near Home,” and “Photogenic.” A Literation Magazine, May 2015.
“Sexual Illusions.” Glitterwolf Magazine, Issue Seven, April 2015.
“The Artist and the Poet.” Glitterwolf Magazine, Issue Six, April 2014.
“Rain Bucket.” Mosaic Magazine at The Ohio State University, April 2013.
“Smoke Ring Heritage.” Glitterwolf Magazine, Issue One, April 2012.
Ledin, Chase. (2021). “Speculation: imagining better queer health futures.” ECR Spotlight, GenderEd, University of Edinburgh. 20 Sept.
Ledin, Chase. (2021). “UK Blood Donation and Homonationalism.” Blog Post. Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, University of Edinburgh. 13 Jul.
Gubacsi, Beata. (2020). “Being Human – Haunting Our Bodies Workshop.” The Polyphony. 7 Feb.
Ledin, Chase. (2019). “What Would All-Male Sex Ed Look Like for Queer Boys?” Blog Post. Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, University of Edinburgh. 6 Nov.
Ledin, Chase. (2018). “Is PrEP a Queer Technology?” Blog Post. Oxford Queer Studies Network, Oxford University. 6 Dec.
Dupuis, Adam. (2018). “What are People Learning about HIV/AIDS in the PrEP Era? What are Serosorting, ‘Inevitable’ Transmission, and U=U?” Interview. Instinct Magazine. 24 Nov.
Kime, Molly. (2015). “Gender-Inclusive Housing Initiative Inspired by Undergraduate Research of Young Alumnus.” Research Spotlight. College of Arts and Sciences, The Ohio State University. 20 Apr.
Ledin, Chase. (2014). “Gender Politics and Trans Visibility in Gender-Inclusive Housing.” National Association of Student Personnel Administrators GLBT Knowledge Community White Paper (Washington, D.C.), pp. 7-9.
Current Research Projects
The Visual Histories of HIV/AIDS in Scotland: A Digital Exhibition. Research assistant for Ingrid Young. University of Edinburgh. Drawing from materials in the Lothian Health Services Archive, this exhibition at the Sex, Drugs and Scotland’s Health Conference (19-21 Oct 2021) will showcase the visual histories of HIV/AIDS health promotion and harm reduction in Scotland since the 1980s.
‘Getting to Zero’: The Role of Post-AIDS Imaginaries in Scottish HIV Health Promotion. Small grant research funded by the Glasgow Medical Humanities Network and the Wellcome Trust (Sept-Dec 2021). This scoping project looks at the role of ‘post-AIDS imaginaries’ in recent Scottish HIV visual health promotion to understand if/how critical conversations about ‘ending HIV’ can contribute to HIV literacy strategies, and if/how ‘post-AIDS imaginaries’ might help to develop new intervention strategies to ‘end’ new HIV transmissions in Scotland. Learn more about the project here.
HIV Futures in Scotland. Creative workshops with Garry McLaughlin. Part of the ‘Getting to Zero: The Role of Post-AIDS Imaginaries in Scottish HIV Health Promotion‘ research project. Online. 7-8 Dec.
Renewing Bodies, Visualising Affects. Creative workshop with Jaime Garcia-Iglesias. Being Human Festival. Edinburgh, Scotland.
Curator. Visual Histories of HIV/AIDS Health Promotion in Scotland. Digital Exhibition. Sex, Drugs and Scotland’s Health. Online conference.
Guest Curator. Rear View: HIV/AIDS Graphic Communication Archive. Online.
AIDS Cultural Activism and Speculative Health Promotion. Invited Online Talk. Staff Pride Network at The University of Edinburgh. Online.
Centre for Biomedicine, Self & Society Showcase. Usher Institute Annual Lecture & Showcase. University of Edinburgh. Online.
Townhall Talk. The Fathers Project dir. Leo Herrera. GAZE International LGBTQ+ Film Festival 2020. Online.
Haunting Our Bodies. Creative Graphics Workshop with Garry McLaughlin. Festival of Bodies, Being Human Festival. Edinburgh, Scotland.
Screening and Film Talk. 120 Beats per Minute dir. Robin Campillo. Sci-Screen, British Science Association. Edinburgh, Scotland.
Guest Speaker. Tales from the Tea Room (podcast). 24 Apr.
Conferences and Presentations
“Viral Hauntology: Specters of AIDS in hookup app sexual health disclosure designs.” Co-presentation with Kristian Møller. NORA Conference. University of Oslo, Norway. 20-22 June 2022.
“AIDS Retroactivism and Speculative Health Promotion.” Queer Temporalities in Literature, Cinema, and Video Games International Conference. University of Murcia, Spain. Online. 2-4 December 2021.
“¿A quién le importa ahora si tienes VIH? Placer y riesgo durante la COVID-19: el caso de los ‘apeleros’.” Co-presentation with Jaime Garcia-Iglesias. Encuentro Intercongresal del Comité de investigación de Sociología de la Salud de la FES. Online. 2-3 December 2021.
“Promoting the ‘End of AIDS’ in Scottish Sexual Health Outreach.” Sex, Drugs, and Scotland’s Health Conference. Online. 19-21 October 2021.
“From sex in parks to glory holes: Sex and risk among barebackers during COVID-19.” Co-presentation with Jaime Garcia-Iglesias. British Sociological Association – Medical Sociology Conference. Online. 3 September 2021.
“Speculative Health: STI Prophylaxis, AMR and Queer STS.” Queering STS Conference. University College London. Online. 1 September 2021.
“The Politics of Speculative Inquiry in Post-AIDS Health Promotion.” Short presentation. Interrogating Speculative Futures: A workshop on the politics of imagining a future with(out) chronic illness. Online. 19-20 July 2021.
“Intercultural Activism, Health Promotion and Russell T. Davies’s It’s a Sin.” Invited Talk. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Online. 25 May 2021.
“Viral Hauntology: Spectres of AIDS in Infrastructures of Gay Sexual Sociability.” Co-presentation with Kristian Møller. Viral Masculinities Conference. Virtual. 11 September 2020.
“PrEP at the After/Party: The ‘Post-AIDS’ Politics of Frank Ocean’s “PrEP+”. Co-authored with Ben Weil (presenter). EASST/4S. Virtual. 18-21 August 2020.
“Post-Viral Futures: The Politics of AIDS Histories in Leo Herrera’s ‘The Fathers Project’.” HIV/AIDS in the 21st Century: Memorialisation, Representation and Temporality. University of Manchester, England. 16-17 January 2020.
“Post-AIDS: Viral Futures and the After/ing of HIV/AIDS Histories.” Centre for Biomedicine, Self & Society. University of Edinburgh, Scotland. 17 October 2019.
“The Poly/Sex Matrix, or Theory after Sex-Talk.” Gayness in Queer Times Conference. University of Brighton, England. 13-14 June 2019.
“After ACT UP: Activism, Intimacy and the Post-Crisis Project.” 120 Beats per Minute Symposium. King’s College London, England. 10-11 May 2019.
“Queer Anticipation, HIV and the Politics of Negotiated Safety.” Curious Symposium. Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. 5 December 2018.
“Conceptualising PrEP as Play: HIV and Negotiated Safety.” Usher Social Science Seminar. University of Edinburgh, Scotland. 4 December 2018.
“Queer Approaches: Teaching the HIV Epidemic in Secondary Education.” Critically Queer Conference. University of Bristol, England. 20-21 September 2018.
“(Critical) Queer Histories.” Panel Chair. Critically Queer Conference. The University of Bristol, England. 20-21 September 2018.
“Grind(r)ing for Utopia: On Utopian Aesthetics and Developing Queer Community in Digital Contexts.” Utopian Acts Conference. London, England. 1 September 2018.
“The Subject (R)evolution of HIV Ink and Bodies that Care.” Panel: “Of Tattoos, Piercings, and Other Augmentations: The Modified Body in Literature and Culture.” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. 12-15 April 2018.
“On Performing the Epidemic Imaginary and Post-AIDS Discourse.” Queer Places, Practices, and Lives III Symposium. The Ohio State University. Columbus, Ohio, USA. 12-13 May 2017.
“HIV Ink: Complicating the Performance of Viral Ownership.” Queer Performance Now Conference. King’s College London, England. 3 June 2016.
“The Face of the HIV Activist: A Critical Account of Stigma in 2016.” English Postgraduate Research Forum. King’s College London, England. 24 February 2016.
“Gender-Inclusive Housing 201.” Northeast Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender College Conference. University at Albany, SUNY, New York, USA. 10-12 April 2015.
“Gender-Inclusive Housing 101.” Northeast Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender College Conference. University at Albany, SUNY, New York, USA. 10-12 April 2015.
“Situating Gender in Gender-Inclusive Housing.” Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference. Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA. 13-15 February 2015.
“Complicating Identitarian Space: The Queer Potential of Gender-Inclusive Housing.” Queer Places, Practices, and Lives II Symposium. The Ohio State University. Columbus, Ohio, USA. 16 May 2014.
“On Gender-Inclusive Housing.” Meeting of the Arts & Sciences Advisory Committee. The Ohio State University. Columbus, Ohio, USA. 24 April 2014.
“Methods for Implementing Gender-Inclusive Housing at OSU.” English Undergraduate Studies Forum. Department of English, The Ohio State University. Columbus, Ohio, USA. 17 April 2014.
“Where’s the Room for Heteronormativity in Gender-Inclusive Housing?” Undergraduate Queer Studies Conference, Ohio University. Athens, Ohio, USA. 11 April 2014.
“Methods for Implementing Gender-Inclusive Housing at OSU.” Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, The Ohio State University. Columbus, Ohio, USA. 26 March 2014.
Seminars & Workshops
Invited Discussant. Visual Epidemics. Public presentation of student projects. Contagion: Anthropology and Global Health course. University of St. Andrews. Online. June 2021.
Convener. Desiring Objects, Desiring Archives. Thinking Through Things Online Workshop. November 2020.
Participant. A History of Public Health in Post-War Britain. Online Seminar. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. April 2020.
Participant. COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus. Online Seminar. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. March 2020.
Participant. Thinking Through Things. ECR Medical Humanities Training. Wellcome Collections, London, UK. 12 Feb 2020.
Scholarships, Grants, and Awards
Glasgow Medical Humanities Network Foundation Awards (£1000). Sept-Dec 2021.
Small grant to complete The Visual Histories of HIV/AIDS in Scotland: A Digital Exhibition. Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, University of Edinburgh (£480). August 2021.
Small grant to attend the British Sociological Association (BSA) Conference 2021. Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, University of Edinburgh (£103). July 2021.
COVID-19 Disruption PhD Funding Extension. College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Edinburgh (Ph.D funding). April 2021.
Postgraduate Research Expenses Grant. Edinburgh College of Art (£180). March 2020. Declined due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Small grant to attend Viral Masculinities Conference. Centre for Biomedicine, Self & Society, University of Edinburgh (£180). February 2020. Declined due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Postgraduate Research Expenses Grant. Autumn 2019. Edinburgh College of Art. (£250)
Postgraduate Research Expenses Grant. Spring 2019. Edinburgh College of Art. (£450)
Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship. The University of Edinburgh (Ph.D. funding).
Edinburgh College of Art Ph.D. Scholarship. The University of Edinburgh (Ph.D. funding).
C.A.I.T.Y. Travel Grant. Northeast MLA (NeMLA) Convention 2018, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. April 13-15, 2018.
Buckeye Pride Community Impact Award (for the Implementation of Gender-Inclusive Housing at OSU). Presented by the Multicultural Center, The Ohio State University, USA. April 22, 2014.
Honorable Mention in Humanities Research. English Undergraduate Studies Forum, Department of English, The Ohio State University, USA. April 21, 2014.
Margaret Shifter Scholarship for Outstanding Leadership. Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society, The Ohio State University Chapter, USA. April 4, 2014.
Second Place in Humanities Research. “Methods for Implementing Gender-Inclusive Housing at OSU.” Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, The Ohio State University, USA. March 26, 2014.
Mortar Board National College Senior Honour Society. Initiate of the Mabel G. Freeman Chapter at The Ohio State University, USA. April 2013.
Ohio State University Board of Trustees Student Recognition Award. Presented by the Ohio State Board of Trustees, The Ohio State University, USA. September 2012.
Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. Initiate of the Alpha Pi Iota Chapter at The Ohio State University, USA. February 2012.
Guest Lecturer. “Queer Cinema and the Histories of AIDS Activism.” Week 8 lectures (2 hours) for Contemporary Cinema course. Edinburgh College of Art. March 2021.
Social Science Tutor. Social and Ethical Aspects of Medicine. Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh. September 2020-May 2022.
Humanities Tutor. Contemporary Cinema. Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. January 2020-May 2022.
Exam Marker. History of Western Medicine. School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. December 2019.
Social Science Tutor. Health, Ethics and Society. Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh. September 2019-May 2020.
English Second Language (ESL) Teacher. iTutorGroup. May 2018-November 2019.
Teaching Assistant. Burnsville High School, ISD 191. Aug 2017-Jun 2018.
Teaching Assistant (Symbols & Structure in Literature, Art & Film), Duke’s Talent Identification Program (TIP), Duke University – East Campus. Jun 2015.
Analytical Writing Tutor. Hilliard, Ohio (USA). Aug 2014 – May 2015.
English Enrichment Tutor. Young Scholars College Success Program, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, The Ohio State University. Aug 2014.
Teaching Assistant (Apocalyptic Literature; Creative Writing). Duke’s Talent Identification Program (TIP), University of Georgia. Jun – Jul 2014.
Peer Reviewer for Culture, Health and Sexuality; Fantastika Journal; MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture; Qualitative Health Research; and Sexualities
Volunteer, SX – Sexual Health & Wellbeing for GBMSM. Waverley Care. Edinburgh, Scotland.
Associate Editor. The Polyphony – Medical Humanities Journal. Institute of Medical Humanities at Durham University. February 2021-Present.
Member of the British Sociological Association
Member of the Interdisciplinary Research in Sexual Health Network of Scotland (IReSH)
Member of the Northern Network of Medical Humanities Research (NNMHR UK)