AIDS in Culture II: Explorations in the Cultural History of AIDS
Call for Papers Deadline:
Call for Papers:
Note: New Deadline: 15th of September 2005
AIDS in Culture is an annual conference organised by Enkidu Magazine in Mexico City in cooperation with CENSIDA (the national Mexican AIDS-organisation), CONAPRED (the national Mexican Anti-Discrimination Council) and ADETEA (the Association of Anthropology Students at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico in Toluca).
In 2004 the conference was held in Mexico City. This year, the conference will take place in Puerto Vallarta on the Mexican Pacific Coast.
AIDS in Culture seeks to examine cultural responses to Aids 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, Literary Studies and all related disciplines. How do we theorize and analyze experiences and the meaning of illness?
The 'significance' of AIDS for individuals and communities; the cultural factors influencing our perceptions of health and illness experiences.
AIDS and psychosocial affects and effects. Cultures of silence.
Indigenous knowledge and responses to AIDS
Stories and Histories about AIDS
AIDS and Oral History
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 September 2005. 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 also this year be published in book form.
Abstracts are to be submitted by the 15th of September 2005, along with the presenter’s name, address, telephone, email, and institutional affiliation. All correspondence for this conference will be conducted via email.
Participants will be notified by the 25th of September 2005 whether their proposal has been accepted or rejected.
Interpretations of the conference theme ranging from the predictable to the surprising are encouraged.
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