By invoking the terms “crises” and “distribution” in the title of this volume, we draw from and reflect on AIDS: how is it one (or many) of the outcomes and expressions of crises that are made ordinary and exceptional at the same time? How are these durations and intensities of crises experienced in specific contexts? For AIDS, the critical suspicion around the inflation of crisis rhetoric might appear to brush up against historical and political refusals to recognize the catastrophic consequences of the virus.
The continued asymmetrical warfare of AIDS means that the period for judgment remains protracted, rendering the judgment levied against those rendered “at risk” for, or living with, an HIV or AIDS diagnosis, self-justifying. In turn, justice is delayed, overdue, maybe even foreclosed for some. What if we, instead, think about crises—of AIDS—as globally networked and without beginning or end?
Jih-Fei Cheng, Alexandra Juhasz and Nishant Shahani, co-editors.
Published in 2020, by Duke University Press