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Max Schnepf

Max Schnepf

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Research Associate (Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Dilger)

Preparation of project "PrEP-intimacies in Berlin: Affective ambivalences and embodied subjects of biomedical HIV-prophylaxis”

Postal adress: Landoltweg 9-11 Office: Thielallee 52
Room 105
14195 Berlin

Pronouns: he/him

Twitter: @MXSchnepf

Having studied Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin in my bachelor's, I obtained my Master of Science at the University of Amsterdam. As part of the program in Social Sciences, I conducted ethnographic fieldwork at an upmarket hairdressing salon in Berlin about bodies in styling practices (see www.anthrobod.net). Since 2019, I am co-chairing the working group “Gender & Sexualities | Queer Anthropology” within the German Anthropological Association (DGSKA). With an interest in Science and Technology Studies, Queer Studies, and Medical Anthropology, I conceptualize my PhD project about the co-constitution of biotechnologies and queer intimacies in HIV-prevention.

Fall term 2020/2021
“Anthropology and Intimacy”,
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin

Spring term 2020
“Methods of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Übung/tutorial)”,
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin

Fall term 2019/2020
“Social Sciences”,
HMKW University of Applied Sciences for Media, Communication and Management, Campus Berlin

Fall term 2017/2018
“Body, technology, knowledge: Approaches in feminist science and technology studies”, co-taught reading group with Maja Sisnowski,
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin

PrEP – “Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis” – is a new biotechnology that, if taken regularly, protects effectively against an HIV infection. In Germany, PrEP has been available on prescription since October 2016 and it is covered by public insurance as of September 2019, inciting new discussions about what constitutes “safer sex” and “risky behavior” as well as concerns about increasing infection rates with other sexually transmitted infections. My planned PhD project aims at situating PrEP as well as the discourses and practices surrounding it in the lives of gay men in Berlin, who constitute the main user group of PrEP. Attending to how sexual subjectivities and queer intimacy are shaped and transformed in relation to this new biotechnology, I ask: How do gay men in Berlin perceive themselves as sexual beings, enter in intimate contacts, relate to discourses about “at risk populations,” and deal with HIV/AIDS-related stigmata?

Berlin Southern Theory Lecture