Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

Bud Coleman

Second Advisor

Mary Beth Osnes

Third Advisor

Marcos Steuernagel

Fourth Advisor

Hillary Potter

Fifth Advisor

Scarlet Bowen


BDSM practitioners work outside the margins of heteronormative, dominant, socially constructed behaviors and ways of being to enact performances that disrupt and queer the formulations of temporal logics enforced outside this counterpublic. In this participant/observer based research, I will identify and define the characteristics that position BDSM practice as performance in several contexts, including “In sex,” “In ritual,” and “In play,” and offer these assertions as platforms upon which a utopian-like queer temporal liminality can be further explored and formulated in these performances.