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(cfp) New geographies of HIV/AIDS in times of PrEP Setembro 4, 2017

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New geographies of HIV/AIDS in times of PrEP

Call for papers/panellists at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 10-14 April 2018 

 Convenors: Gavin Brown (University of Leicester) & Cesare Di Feliciantonio (Maynooth University)

 

Following the introduction and the expanding availability of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and improved uses of ‘treatment as prevention’ for those already infected with HIV, new infections-rates for HIV have started to decline, especially in those cities and among those populations where campaigning and public investments have been strongest. As argued by Auerbach and Hoppe (2015: 1), “getting PrEP to ‘work’ is more complicated than simply ‘getting drugs into bodies’”. Rather, PrEP embodies a range of interacting physiological, psychological and social realities that together affect (…) relationship dynamics, sexual cultures and social arrangements that have influence beyond HIV”.  In fact the use of PrEP (as well as the adherence to antiretroviral therapies, ARTs, for HIV-positive people) reshapes the meanings associated with categories such as ‘safe’, ‘bareback’ and ‘raw’ sex, offering new possibilities for empowerment as well as new forms of biopower (Dean, 2015; Preciado, 2015).  Given the persistent inequalities in the access and availability of PrEP, we think there is the need for a serious engagement by geographers and social scientists in producing knowledge about the emerging social and spatial dimensions of HIV prevention and treatment, including the ways in which new socio-technical assemblages of treatment and prevent have reconfigured the social, cultural, and sexual lives of people with (and at risk of infection from) HIV.

We invite contributions around (but not limited to) the following topics/questions:

  • the uneven geographies of PrEP accessibility and availability;
  • the political economy of PrEP;
  • the socio-technical materialities of PrEP;
  • PrEP, race, gender and class;
  • how PrEP impacts upon HIV-related acceptance and stigma;
  • the (uneven) social and spatial dimensions of the persistence of “Truvada whores” stigma (Calabrese and Underhill, 2015);
  • the sexual citizenship of undetectability;
  • PrEP as community-based activism;
  • PrEP as the expression of biopower;
  • comparative perspectives on campaigns, policies and strategies to implement PrEP access;
  • intersections between PrEP-related activism and HIV+-related activism
  • the geographical implications of ‘undetectability’;

 

Expressions of interest

We intend to organize a paper or panel session depending on the preferences of the participants. If interested, please contact Gavin Brown (gpb10@leicester.ac.uk) and Cesare Di Feliciantonio (difeliciantoniocesare@gmail.com) by October 6th; in the email please include a 250-words abstract if you prefer a paper session or a short outline (up to 7 lines) if you prefer a panel session. We will try to arrange the best format solution accordingly.

 

References

Auerbach, J. D. and Hoppe, T. A. 2015. Beyond “getting drugs into bodies”: social science perspectives on pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV. Journal of the International AIDS Society 18(suppl. 3), http://dx.doi.org/10.7448/IAS.18.4.19983 [last visit: August 24th 2017]

Calabrese, S. K. and  Underhill, K. 2015. How Stigma Surrounding the Use of HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis Undermines Prevention and Pleasure: A Call to Destigmatize “Truvada Whores”. American Journal of Public Health 105(10): 1960-4.

Dean, T. 2015. Mediated intimacies: raw sex, Truvada, and the biopolitics of chemoprophylaxis. Sexualities 18(1/2): 224-46.

Preciado, P. 2015. Condoms chimiques. Libération 11/06, http://www.liberation.fr/chroniques/2015/06/11/condoms-chimiques_1327747[last visit: August 24th 2017]

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