SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

HIV/Aids in Southeast Asia

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Date: 25 October 2018Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 26 October 2018Time: 5:30 PM

Venue: University of the Philippines, Diliman Quezon City, Philippines Room: GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium

Type of Event: Colloquium


HIV/AIDS in Southeast Asia (AIDS–SEA) is an interdisciplinary and intercultural colloquium that will explore the diverse processes by which HIV/AIDS is constructed as a cultural phenomenon. This colloquium is interested in the ways in which cultural texts in Southeast Asia represent, negotiate, and mediate the epidemic by creating meanings impacting health, illness, sexuality, and identity politics. How is HIV/AIDS represented in film, television, photography, music, literature, the visual arts, performance, and other cultural texts? How do the practices of HIV/AIDS volunteers, PLHIVA support groups, and other community-based organizations mediate both popular and scientific understandings of selfhood and belonging? How do cultural texts and practices (re)define the lifeworlds that shape the epidemic?

This colloquium aims to bring together academics from different disciplinary backgrounds with the aim of developing a network of scholars working in this area. It is hoped that this colloquium will be followed by further academic meetings and colloquiums which will also draw in artists, activists and interested organizations.


The colloquium will present 2 keynote speakers followed by papers and presentations on various topics related to the colloquium theme. There will be no break-out sessions.  Authors of selected papers from the CFP will give 15 minute summaries of their work after which an open discussion will follow. This format will ensure that participants can participate in an informal yet inclusive atmosphere and get maximum feedback from one another.  Similar thematic strands will be grouped together and members of the strand can take turn leading discussions. Topics will include:

Uses of queer theory and other theories in cultural analyses of HIV/AIDS
Postcolonial readings of the pathologization of sexuality
Erasure of marginalized communities from HIV/ AIDS discourse
Cultural critiques of the biomedicalization of society
The roles of technology and social media
Local practices and globalized social movements
Role of religion in the cultural construction of HIV/Aids

Website and Programme

Please go to https://hivcolloquium.  in order to download the complete programme of events.

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(Photo credit: Jovi Juan, 2017)

Organiser: SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies, Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA) University of the Philippines, Diliman

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