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Witness Seminar Program

Politics, Policies and Ethics of HIV/AIDS: Past and Present

Tuesday 24 November, 2009

The Teaching Grid, University Library

University of Warwick


9.30-10.00 Arrival

10.00-10.15 Welcome

10.15-12.00 Presentations by witnesses

12.00-12.15 Coffee break

12.15-13.15 Discussion round I: the Past (chaired by Prof Roger Cooter, UCL)

  • Social-political context when HIV/AIDS first appeared – UK and abroad
  • State reactions
  • Individual and group activism
  • Perceptions: HIV/AIDS a global or national concern during 1980s and 1990s?

13.15-14.00 Break for Lunch

14.00-15.30 Discussion round II: the Present (chaired by Prof Roger Cooter, UCL)

  • Remembering HIV/AIDS: history, activism, and the power of memory
  • Perceptions: HIV/AIDS a national or global concern today?
  • Institutionalisation of agencies for HIV/AIDS (e.g. Terrence Higgins Trust, UNAIDS) on a national and international scale
  • From ‘the public’ to specific ‘target groups’
  • Political economy of HIV/AIDS: pharmaceutical industry, multimedia and underground drug trade (mobilisation)
  • Motivation for HIV/AIDS activism today

15.30-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-17.00 Interviews students/participants

18.00-19.00 Drinks reception for all

19.30 Conference dinner on campus for witnesses and conference speakers

Location: The Teaching Grid, University of Warwick Library, Floor Two