New Methodologies for Interdisciplinarity in HIV and Related Health Fields

Goldsmiths College, University of London, NAB 314 
London, UK 

Since the identification of HIV, the virus has required extensive engagement between the social sciences and biomedicine. However, the relationship between the two has often been contentious: differences in language, frameworks for analysis, representation and understandings of what is at stake has provoked responses to the virus to categorise themselves as either biomedical or behavioural interventions. Consequently, and in contrast to its entangled character, the problem of HIV is often articulated in dichotomous terms - social or physiological. In contrast, this symposium seeks not to amplify mutual critique, but to expand modes of collaboration. 

Accordingly, this symposium will explore the relations - both beneficial and problematic - between research on HIV conducted within the humanities and social sciences and biomedical development. Key questions for participants will be: 
  • How do new methodological developments in the social sciences concerning performativity, process, materiality and enactment extend current understandings and provide impetus for new approaches to living and working with HIV? 
  • How do biomedical knowledges and practices inform and also become important sites of inquiry for the social sciences and humanities? 
  • Are there shared concepts across the sciences and social sciences that might be exploited to provide the basis for new interdisciplinary relationships? 
  • What does it mean to recall a history of the epidemic given its relatively short but intense trajectory and given it continues to change? 
  • What might a more interdisciplinary mode of collaboration offer to those affected by HIV? 

Prof. Jane Anderson Homerton University Hospital 
Dr. Lukas Engelmann University of Cambridge 
Dr. Mitzy Gafos University College London 
Susie MacLean International HIV/AIDS Alliance 
Dr. Catherine Montgomery University of Amsterdam 
Dr. Marsha Rosengarten Goldsmiths College 
Dr. Mike Youle Royal Free Hospital 
The HIV Project Goldsmiths College 

Attendance is free but places are limited so please be sure to register for the event by the 31st of May by e-mailing:<

Please check<> for further information (including the programme) in the lead up to the event. 

A very linited number of partial travel fee waivers are avaliable for excellent post-graduate students wishing to attend, for enquiries and to apply please use the email above and detail where you are coming from and why you wish to attend the symposium. 

Convened by The HIV Project: Richard Boulton, Ulla Mcknight, Emily Nicholls, Agata Pacho, Annette-Carina van der Zaag with the support of Marsha Rosengarten 

In association with The Association for Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV (ASSHH) and the Unit of Play (UoP, Goldsmiths). 

Funded by Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness. 
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