Paul B. Preciado

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Paul B. Preciado (born Beatriz Preciado, 11 September 1970, Burgos, Spain) is a writer, philosopher, curator, and one of the leading thinkers in the study of gender and sexual politics. An Honors Graduate and Fulbright Fellow, he earned a M.A. in Philosophy and Gender Theory at the New School for Social Research in New York where he studied with Agnes Heller and Jacques Derrida. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Theory of Architecture from Princeton University.

His first book, Counter-Sexual Manifesto (Columbia University Press) was acclaimed by French critics as “the red book of queer theory” and became a key reference for European queer and trans activism. He is the author of Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics (The Feminist Press) and Pornotopia (Zone Books) for which he was awarded the Sade Price in France.

He has been Head of Research of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA) and Director of the Independent Studies Program (PEI) from 2011 to 2014. He has taught Philosophy of the Body and Transfeminist Theory at Université Paris VIII-Saint Denis and at New York University. From 2014 to 2017 he was Curator of Public Programs of documenta 14 (Kassel/Athens). He is a writer in residency at the LUMA Foundation, Arlès, France.

Paul B. Preciado lives between Athens, Paris, and Barcelona. (2019)



  • Beatriz Preciado, with Del LaGrace Volcano, Sex Works 1979-2005: From Love Bites to Postporn, Tübingen: Konkursbuch, 2006, 159 pp. Book of photographs by Del LaGrace Volcano. (English)
  • Beatriz Preciado, Pornotopía: arquitectura y sexualidad en Playboy durante la guerra fría, Barcelona: Anagrama, 2010, 220 pp. (Spanish)
    • Beatriz Preciado, Pornotopie: Playboy et l'invention de la sexualité multimédia, trans. Serge Mestre and Beatriz Preciado, Paris: Climats, 2011, 241 pp. (French)
    • Beatriz Preciado, Pornotopia. Playboy: architettura e sessualità, trans. Elena Rafanelli, Rome: Fandango, 2011, 237 pp. (Italian)
    • Beatriz Preciado, Pornotopia: Architektur, Sexualität und Multimedia im "Playboy", trans. Bettina Engels and Karen Genschow, Berlin: Wagenbach, 2012, 165 pp. (German)
    • Paul Preciado, Pornotopia: An Essay on Playboy’s Architecture and Biopolitics, New York: Zone Books, 2014, 303 pp. Reviews: Power (Avery Rev), Turner (LRB), Cleasby (review31), Stevens (Consumption), Lui (J Arch Edu). [7] (English)

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