Blood Cultures: Medicine, Media, and Militarisms

Red Smoke

Blood Cultures coverCombining science studies, popular culture, and anti-racist feminist and queer politics, Blood Cultures examines how blood saturated the twentieth-century US cultural imaginary, slipped into laws and policies, flowed across screens, and seeped into our most intimate encounters.

The book assembles and engages a diverse archive including blood quantum rules, immigration and asylum law, transnational feminist blood art, epidemiological maps of disease, global health AIDS policies, Cold War vampire films, blood testing and sterilization practices, and activist blood drive campaigns.

Hannabach traces how these gendered, sexualized, and racialized blood practices were violently mobilized in the service of US empire, as well as creatively transformed by feminist, anticolonial, anticapitalist, and queer artists and activists.

Table of Contents


Bleeding Identities: The Racial and Sexual Politics of Blood Drive Activism

Cartographies of Blood and Violence

Technologies of Blood: The Biopolitics of Asylum

Between Blood and the Bomb: Atomic Cities, Nuclear Kinship, and Queer Vampires

Conclusion: Sanguinary Futures

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Author Bio:

  • Dr. Cathy Hannabach is the president of Ideas on Fire, an academic editing and consulting agency helping progressive, interdisciplinary scholars write and publish awesome texts, enliven public conversations editor, and use their multimedia expertise to create more just worlds. Her scholarship focuses on transnational feminist cultural studies, queer disability studies, and science and technology studies. Her work has appeared in Women and PerformanceCultural PoliticsSocial Text: Periscope, and Studies in Gender and Sexuality.

Read a review of Blood Cultures in the journal Medical History

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