Attitudes towards HIV and AIDS have changed drastically since 1996 with the advent of protease inhibitors and other life-sustaining treatments. For many, these “wonder drugs” have connoted a cure for the disease. Since these treatments have been developed, world cultures have largely operated under a “post-AIDS” ideology, with representations of the disease occurring with far less frequency and substance than in previous years. Meanwhile, large segments of the population continue to contract HIV, and AIDS-infected individuals continue to die. Prevention, education and treatment efforts have fallen significantly off of the cultural radar since 1996, though there has arguably never been a comprehensive cultural response to the pandemic.
This collection of essays, tentatively titled _remember AIDS?_, will explore how activists, academicians, policy makers, and persons living with HIV and AIDS address recent silences in the discourse. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
Representation of AIDS in cultural media, e.g., literature, film, theatre, and music
Intersections of AIDS and class, gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation
Epistemological and phenomenological considerations of navigating “post-AIDS” cultures
AIDS in the 21st century
Corpo)reality and ontology of AIDS
Performativity and AIDS
AIDS as terror
Locating AIDS on the cultural landscape
The apocalypse of AIDS then, the apocalypse of silence now
Please email full-length papers to co-editor Dr. Donald Gagnon at GagnonD@wcsu.edu. Ideas and/or questions about submissions are encouraged and may be sent to co-editor Chris Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for receipt of submissions is June 17, 2005.
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