Chase Ledin is a queer cultural theorist. His research concerns the (re)vision of viral (HIV) futures in post-AIDS discourse. He is especially interested in the deconstruction of queer history, the emergence of ends in ‘end of AIDS’ ideology, and the process and production of historicity in the post-AIDS era (1996-present).
Ledin completed a Master of Arts in Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory at King’s College London. In his dissertation, he analysed the emergence and consequences of Andrew Sullivan’s end-of-AIDS ideology. Ledin argued that resignifying the virus as a ‘liveable condition’ altered death out of the virus’s sustained presence in sexual (especially queer) communities. In other words, the assimilation of more effective antiretrovirals and the emergence of ‘chronic life’ did not retain the history of its ‘death-defined’ features. This is significant, Ledin argued, because the change in the narrative structure of HIV/AIDS has served as one cause of, what queer theorists Christopher Castiglia and Christopher Reed have called, (queer) generational unremembering. Ledin pointed out how Sullivan’s ideology laid the groundwork for a larger shift in (queer) community consciousness: namely, a unremembering of the forms of affect that emerged from caregiving and community activism during the first-wave AIDS epidemic, and the current movement to conceptualise HIV as approaching an (inevitable) end.
Previously, Ledin received a Bachelor of Arts in Honors English and Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University. During his final year, he served as the lead researcher for the gender-inclusive housing task force. In this role, he oversaw a research project on heteronormative influence in the creation of gender non-conforming spaces in university housing policy.
Ledin intends to undertake a PhD project entitled, ‘Post-AIDS: Viral (Re)-Negotiation and the Politics of Post-Progress’, starting in fall 2018.
Assimilation & Normativity; Contemporary British & American Literature; HIV & AIDS; Medical Humanities; LGBT Studies; Post-AIDS Discourse; Queer Theory
Master of Arts, Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory, distinction (78)
Thesis: “The ‘End of AIDS’: Toward a Theory of Death in the New Chronic Mode.”
King’s College London, London, United Kingdom
Bachelor of Arts, Honors English and Sexuality Studies, magna cum laude (3.8)
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
“Gender Politics and Trans Visibility in Gender-Inclusive Housing.” National Association of Student Personnel Administrators GLBT Knowledge Community White Paper (Fall 2014): 7-9.
“For the boy who, in justifying his life motives, does not need to justify his English degree,” King’s College London Literary Journal, Jan. 2016.
“Busted, In Holborn,” Chelsea Station Magazine, Nov. 2015.
“Seventh Shard,” Rogue Poetry Review, Sept. 2015.
“Madame Mñ,” “Near Home,” & “Photogenic,” A Literation Magazine, May 2015.
“Sexual Illusions,” Glitterwolf Magazine, Issue Seven, Apr. 2015.
“The Artist and the Poet” & “From a fat roll on my stomach,” Glitterwolf Magazine, Issue Six, Apr. 2014.
“Rain Bucket,” Mosaic Magazine at The Ohio State University, Apr. 2013.
“Smoke Ring Heritage,” Glitterwolf Magazine, Issue One, Apr. 2012.
“Voices Over Virus: Positive Futures,” Cap City Kink, 5 Dec 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 2015.
April 2018 – forthcoming
“The Subject (R)evolution of HIV Ink, or Bodies that Care.” Panel: “Of Tattoos, Piercings, and Other Augmentations: The Modified Body in Literature and Culture.” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Pittsburgh, PA. 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, OH. 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 Feb 2016.
“Gender-Inclusive Housing 201.” Northeast Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender College Conference. University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY. 10-12 April 2015.
“Gender-Inclusive Housing 101.” Northeast Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender College Conference. University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY. 10-12 April 2015.
“Situating Gender in Gender-Inclusive Housing.” Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference. Illinois State University, Normal, IL. 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, OH. 16 May 2014.
“On Gender-Inclusive Housing.” Meeting of the Arts & Sciences Advisory Committee. The Ohio State University. Columbus, OH. 24 April 2014.
“Methods for Implementing Gender-Inclusive Housing at OSU.” English Undergraduate Studies Forum. Department of English, The Ohio State University. Columbus, OH. 17 April 2014.
“Where’s the Room for Heteronormativity in Gender-Inclusive Housing?” Undergraduate Queer Studies Conference, Ohio University. Athens, OH. 11 April 2014.
“Methods for Implementing Gender-Inclusive Housing at OSU.” Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, The Ohio State University. Columbus, OH. 26 March 2014.
Honours & Awards
Buckeye Pride Community Impact Award (for the Implementation of Gender-Inclusive Housing at OSU). Presented by the Multicultural Center, The Ohio State University. April 22, 2014.
Honourable Mention in Humanities Research. English Undergraduate Studies Forum, Department of English, The Ohio State University. April 21, 2014.
Margaret Shifter Scholarship for Outstanding Leadership. Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society, The Ohio State University Chapter. April 4, 2014.
Second Place in Humanities Research: “Methods for Implementing Gender-Inclusive Housing at OSU.” Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, The Ohio State University. March 26, 2014.
Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society. Initiate of the Mabel G. Freeman Chapter at The Ohio State University. April 2013.
Ohio State University Board of Trustees Student Recognition Award. Presented by the Ohio State Board of Trustees, The Ohio State University. September 2012.
Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. Initiate of the Alpha Pi Iota Chapter at The Ohio State University. February 2012.
Teaching Assistant (Symbols & Structure in Literature, Art & Film), Duke’s Talent Identification Program (TIP), Duke University – East Campus. Jun 2015.
Office Assistant to the Deans, College of Arts & Sciences Administration, The Ohio State University. Oct 2014 – May 2015.
Administrative Supervisor, Department of English, The Ohio State University. Sept 2014 – May 2015.
Analytical Writing Tutor. Independent Tutoring. 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.
Guest Editor, King’s College London Literary Journal.