Call for Papers:
Aids in Culture VI:
Explorations in the Cultural History of AIDS
Mexico City, 9 - 14 December 2010
Conference Languages: English, Castilian, German, French and Nahuatl
Aids in Culture VI: Explorations in the Cultural History of AIDS
Mexico City, 9 - 14 December 2010
Deadline for abstract Submissions: 15. August 2010
Conference Homepage: http://www.aidsinculture.org
AIDS is not simply an illness or a biomedical phenomenon. The conference cycle "AIDS in Culture" organised by Enkidu Magazine in Mexico City and the International Society for Cultural History and Cultural Studies (CHiCS) in cooperation with CNDH (The National Human Rights Commission in Mexico) seeks to examine cultural responses to AIDS in different cultures and societies across a wide range of perspectives.
The conference will explore the processes by which AIDS is constructed as a cultural phenomenon and how different societies in their encounters with AIDS attempt to create meaning in health, illness and disease. The conference aims at bringing together academics working in all relevant disciplines as well as activists, artists and other professionals, and promoting innovative multidisciplinary and multicultural exchange and dialogue.
Also in this year, the conference will follow a similar model as in previous years with a large number of thematic sessions addressing several different issues. Papers are welcomed on virtually all related topics and themes related to the cultural and social construction of Aids, independently of time period and space. Also papers of comparative phenomena will be considered. Interdisciplinary perspectives are encouraged.
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.
- 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 collective and individual identities: Race, Class, Gender etc
- AIDS and Politics, Lobbying and Activism: Power, Representation and
- Constructions and reconstructions of AIDS in political, 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 analyse experiences and the meaning of
- 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. Interdisciplinary perspectives are especially welcome
since all these topics in themselves stretch across several disciplines:
history, literary studies, linguistics, psychology, political sciences,
pedagogy, ethnology, anthropology, sociology...
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.
* PAPER AND PANEL PROPOSALS
500 word abstracts should be submitted to the organising committee in English, Castilian, German or French.. The conference
languages will be English and Castilian. Interpretations of the conference theme ranging from the predictable to the surprising are encouraged.
Papers should be of approximately 20 - 30 minutes duration (circa 8 - 10
pages). Other forms of presentation, for instance workshops, panel debates
and poster sessions will be considered on request.
* PROPOSALS FOR PANEL SESSIONS
Typically, a panel of academic papers should include 3 (maximum 4)
speakers and 1 moderator (session chair). Each session will last for 2
hours allowing for 30 minutes for each speaker and a further 30 minutes
for questions and discussion.
Proposers should submit:
(1) Session title and a session intro (ca 100 words),
(2) Paper titles,
(3) Abstracts for each paper (500 words),
(4) Short biography for each participant and the panel chair (ca 100-150 words),
(5) Institutional affiliation and address for each participant,
(6) Audio-visual and other technical requirements.
If you would like to propose a panel session, and want assistance in
finding speakers and/or a session chair, we can publish a call for papers
for your panel session on the conference web site and distribute it in our
newsletter. If you have an idea for a thematic panel session and would
like us to publish a call for papers on the conference website, please
send us a proposal by e-mail to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
* PROPOSALS FOR INDIVIDUAL PAPERS
Abstracts are to be submitted, along with the presenter's
name, address, telephone, email, and institutional affiliation. It is
recommended to use the form here:
when submitting an abstract. However, abstracts will also be accepted as
e-mail attachments to email@example.com
All correspondence for this conference will be conducted via email.
Full conference papers should be submitted by the 1st of November.
Abstracts and summaries of the conference papers will be made available at
the conference web page.
We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted within
few days. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should
assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace!
We suggest, then, to resend your abstract and resubmit your registration
form, and if possible, suggest an alternative e-mail address. In
particular delegates using hotmail or yahoo accounts to receive
conference related e-mails often experience problems receiving conference
information by e-mail.
E-mails from the conference organisers are often delivered to your spam
folder and not to your inbox, unless you remember to add the following
e-mail addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
The first address is the general e-mail address of AIDSinCULTURE.org and
will be used to send conference newsletters and general information. The
second, is the e-mail address of the academic coordinator of the
conference and will be used for individual communication with delegates.
* EXHIBITORS, PUBLISHERS AND ARTISTS:
Artists are welcome to suggest exhibitions and displays of art during the
Organisations, universities and publishers are welcome to sign up for
information stands at the conference centre. Commercial exhibitors pay a modest daily fee.
The following information is required by artists, publishers and other
exhibitors during the conference:
1) Technical Description of the information stand or artwork with
indications of technical requirements for their presentation, the size and
extension of the individual artworks to be presented.
2) Estimated Insurance value of the artworks
3) One image of a representative sample of artistic work for the
exhibitions can be sent by e-mail to the conference organizers in the
format tiff or jpg.
4) Curriculum Vitae of artist (or organisation).
5) Description of Exhibition (300 - 500 words).
6) Short bio of artist (or organisation).
We would like to organise an exhibition of books written by conference
delegates in the conference centre. If you are the author of a book, you
or your publisher are welcome to send a copy of your work to the book
exhibition. If you would like to be a part of the book exhibition and your
publisher has a Mexican or Latin American representative, we would
appreciate the contact information.
PROPOSALS FOR BOOK PRESENTATIONS
Publishers and delegates with recent publications of relevance to the
conference themes, are welcome to propose book presentations in the days
during, before and after the conference. The book presentations will be
open to the general public and the press and will take place in the
evening as special sessions, after the regular conference sessions.
Libreria Educal – Biblioteca Vasconcelos, which is a bookstore founded by
the Ministry of Culture, that serves the function of commercialising and
distributing books published by the cultural institutions of Mexico will
host the book presentations.
These book presentations will usually have duration of 2 hours. In the
podium will be the author, 2 presenters and a moderator. The publisher or
the author are free to suggest one presenter, while the moderator and the
second presenter will be appointed by the Academic Committee of the
Publishers and book authors who would like to be considered for book
presentations during the conference, should send a review copy to Agustin
Villalpando, news editor in Enkidu Magazine:
Centro Cultural Enkidu
Calle Ezequiel Montes #37, int. 2
06030 Mexico D.F.
Together with the review copy, please send a synopsis of the book (max 500
words), a short bio of the author and if available, an image which we may
use for posters and promotional materials for the book presentation in
electronic form (on CD or by e-mail). If you have suggestions for a book
presenter, please include a short bio.
Publishers can also sign up for information and sales stands in the
conference. Please, contact the organisers for more information.
* REGISTRATION FEE for "Aids in Culture":
Payment received via PayPal or bank transfer in advance (Payments
completed before 1..October):
- Waged delegates (speakers): 150 USD
- Students and unwaged delegates (speakers): 80 USD
Payment in cash, payment on location, and payments received after 1.
- Waged delegates (speakers): 200 USD
- Students and unwaged delegates (speakers): 100 USD
Enkidu and the participating organisations will not be able to provide
travel support for conference delegates. It is therefore strongly
recommended to apply for a scholarship or a grant from other sources.
Enkidu Centro Cultural
Calle Ezequiel Montes #37, int. 2
06030 Mexico D.F.
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