Reactions to HIV/AIDS since the 1980s: Transnational and comparative history perspectives

Wednesday 15 June 2022

Conference, University of St Andrews, 30-31 August, 2022

Co-organisers: Nikolaos Papadogiannis, Rachel Love


Tuesday 30 August

09.00-09.15: Welcome and introductory comments

09.15-11.15: Panel 1: Mobilities and Networks, Part 1

Chair: Bernhard Struck (University of St Andrews)

  • Christopher Ewing (Virginia Commonwealth University)
    “Sex Tourism Starts at Home”: German law, transnational advocacy, and the AIDS Enquete Commission
  • Somak Biswas (Institute of Historical Research)
    Managing Black Immigrants: HIV/AIDS and the Remaking of British Border Regimes, 1980-1990s
  • Giulia Sbaffi (New York University)
    Sex Workers and AIDS in Italy: Resisting the virus of oppression
  • Nikolaos Papadogiannis (University of St Andrews)
    Sex work, AIDS activism and cross-border migration: The case of Berlin in the 1980s-1990s

11.15-11.30: Coffee break

11.30-13.15: Panel 2: Policies

Chair: Maud Bracke (University of Glasgow)

  • Maja Lukanc (Institute of Contemporary History)
    Doctors, journalists and gay activists as actors of HIV/AIDS awareness in Slovenia (1984–1987)
  • Ayodele Mathew Oluwaseun (University of Leipzig)
    Programs, Policies, and Institutions: Reproductive Health Intervention in Postcolonial Nigeria, 1960-2000
  • Michael Nebeling Petersen, Bolette Frydendahl Larsen, and Tobias de Fønss Wung-Sung (University of Copenhagen)
    Locating transnational connections in the cultural history of AIDS in Denmark

13.15-14.15: Lunch

14.15-16.15: Panel 3: Mobilities and Networks, Part 2

Chair: Nikolaos Papadogiannis (University of St Andrews)

  • Javier Fernández-Galeano (Universitat de València)
    Transnational Correspondence Networks in Spanish: The Institut Lambda’s Response to HIV (1983-1998)
  • Brian de Grazia (Independent scholar)
    “Photographic terrorism:” HIV/AIDS, Benetton, Race, and Migration
  • Elazar Ben-Lulu (Ariel University)
    The American Reform Jewish Response to HIV/AIDS
  • Rachel Love (University of St Andrews)
    Translation and the Italian Activist Response to HIV/AIDS

Wednesday 31 August

9.30-11.00: Roundtable Discussion: Studying political and social reactions towards HIV/AIDS from a transnational perspective.
Part 1: Talks

Chair: Rachel Love (University of St Andrews)

  • Christophe Broqua (French National Centre for Scientific Research)
  • Agata Dziuban (Jagiellonian University) and Todd Sekuler (Humboldt University of Berlin)
  • Lukas Engelmann (University of Edinburgh)
  • Laura Kelly (University of Strathclyde)
  • Ayaz Qureshi (University of Edinburgh)

11.00-11.15: Coffee break

11.15-12.15: Roundtable Discussion.
Part 2: Q&A

12.15-13.15: Lunch

13.15-14.45: Panel 4: Testimonies

Chair: Kate Ferris (University of St Andrews)

  • Colin Moore (University of Strathclyde and University of Edinburgh
    Communicating Prevention
  • Jade Crimson Rose Da Costa (York University)
    The Periphery Within: How Canada Biomedicalized HIV Prevention by Forgetting Racialized and Indigenous People
  • Yuji Kawasima (Independent scholar)
    The Death of the Author As The Talk of The Town: A Brazilian HIV+ Art History Through Leonilson’s Illustrations for Folha de S. Paulo

14.45-15.00: Final remarks

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