[URBANTH-L] CFP: AIDS in Culture II: Explorations in the Cultural History of AIDS

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Tue Jul 12 16:37:17 EDT 2005

CFP: AIDS in Culture II: Explorations in the Cultural History of AIDS
  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

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
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.
Centro Cultural Enkidu

Juan Escutia 23 BIS, Ninos Heroes,
Del.: Juarez
03440 Mexico DF
[+ 52] (55) 91 80 12 40
Email: info at enkidumagazine.com

Coordinador de Sida y Cultura II/
Conference Coordinator for Aids in Culture II:
Dr. Lars Ivar Owesen-Lein Borge
Email: liowlb at enkidumagazine.com
Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main
Enkidu Magazine, Mexico City
Email: info at enkidumagazine.com
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