AIDS in Culture is an annual conference organised by Enkidu Magazine in Mexico City in cooperation with CENSIDA the national Mexican AIDS-organisation. In 2004 the conference was organised in CENADEH, the National Center for Human Rights in Mexico City. In 2005 the conference will be held in Puerto Vallarta on the Mexican Pacific Coast.
AIDS in Culture seeks to examine issues relating to AIDS in culture across a wide range of perspectives. The conference aims at bringing together people working in all relevant disciplines, activists, professionals, academics and promoting innovative multidisciplinary and multicultural exchange and dialogue.
The conference will focus on a number of core themes: Papers are welcomed on virtually all topics and themes, independently of time, period and space, as well as interdisciplinary perspectives. Also papers of comparative phenomena are welcome. Among the themes of interest are the following:
AIDS and Cultural Texts: Power and Representation. Representations of AIDS in art, movies, music, poetry, religion and literature from the 1980s until today. How are testimonial narratives mediated and represented?
Silences and taboos in discourses on HIV/AIDS.
Aesthetic responses to the challenge. Rituals, customs, and fetishism.
Cultural practices that influence the spread of HIV/AIDS
AIDS and the collective and individual identities: Race, Class, Gender etc
AIDS and Politics, Lobbying and Activism: Power, Representation and Activism. Constructions and reconstructions of AIDS in political and faith and ideology based discourse, legal issues and policy making throughout the world. Who has the authority to speak and who is silenced?
AIDS and theory: Cultural Studies, Queer Studies, Religious Studies, History, Anthropology, Sociology and all related disciplines. How do we theorize and analyze experiences and the meaning of illness?
AIDS and psychosocial affects and effects. Cultures of silence.
Papers will be considered on related themes and topics from a wide range of perspectives. 500 word abstracts should be submitted to the organising comitee in English, Spanish, German or French as e-mail attachment by 15th of October 2004. The conference languages will be English and Spanish.
Papers should be of approximately 30 minutes duration (circa 8 - 10 pages). Other forms of presentation, for instance workshops, panel debates and poster sessions will be considered on request.
Graduate and postgraduate students are encouraged to attend and present papers. Selected papers from the conference will be published in book form.
Abstracts are to be submitted by the 15th of June 2005, along with the presenterís name, address, telephone, email, and institutional affiliation. All correspondence for this conference will be conducted via email. You will be notified by the 25th of August 2005 whether your proposal has been accepted or rejected. Full conference papers should be submitted by the 1st of November 2005. Abstracts and summaries of the conference papers will be made available at the conference web page from November 2005:
AIDS in Culture Homepage with more information can be found at the following web address.
For further information, please contact the organising comitee at the e-mail address shown below.
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