Contamination as Collaboration
Reading List

Instructors Lindsey French & Willy Smart


Week 1, May 1 // toxic bodies

  • Ah-King, Malin and Eva Hayward. "Toxic Sexes: Perverting Pollution and Queering Hormone Disruption."
  • Donna Haraway, “Awash in Urine: DES and Premarin® in Multispecies Response-ability”
  • (recommended) Rachel Carson, Silent Spring (entire book). (excerpt)

Week 2, May 15 // libidinal bodies

  • Paul B. Preciado, Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era (excerpt)
  • Julia Serano, Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity. (excerpt)
  • (recommended) Antke Engel and Renate Lorenz, “Toxic Assemblages, Queer Socialities: A Dialogue of Mutual Poisoning”

Week 3, May 29 // polluted bodies

  • Mel Y. Chen, Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect (excerpt)

Week 4, June 12 // polluted structures

  • John Ruskin, “Storm Cloud of the 19th Century”
  • Jerry C. Zee, “Breathing in the City: Beijing and the Architecture of Air”
  • (recommended) David Gissen, “A Theory of Pollution for Architecture”
  • (recommended) Michelle Murphy, Sick Building Syndrome and the Problem of Uncertainty: Environmental Politics, Technoscience, and Women Workers (excerpt)

Week 5, June 19 // atmospheric structures

  • Mark Wigley, “The Architecture of Atmosphere”
  • Eva Horn, “Air Conditioning: Taming the Climate as a Dream of Civilization”  Reyner Banham, Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment (excerpt) (52 pages)
  • (recommended) Jorge Otero-Pailos, “The Atmosphere as a Cultural Object” (8 pages)

Week 6, June 26 // social structures

  • Anna L. Tsing, Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins, (excerpt)
  • Alexis Shotwell, Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times (excerpt)