Call for Proposals: AIDS Symposium

Memory Lives On: Documenting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic is an interdisciplinary symposium exploring and reflecting on topics related to archives and the practice of documenting the stories of HIV/AIDS.

Submission and Symposium Details

The program committee invites submissions for presentations addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic from the wide-ranging perspectives of historians, archivists and librarians, artists, journalists, activists and community groups, scientific researchers, health care providers, and people living with HIV. We welcome proposals from individuals with diverse experience and expertise on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in scholarship, research, and advocacy. Proposals will be considered in a variety of forms including paper presentations, panel discussions, and posters.

Submit a proposal: http://tiny.ucsf.edu/A2nohy
The deadline for submissions is June 3. We will notify presenters if their proposal has been accepted by July 22. 

The Symposium will take place in Byers Auditorium in Genentech Hall at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus in San Francisco, October 4 and 5, 2019.  The program will be an afternoon session and evening reception the first day, followed by a full day of presentations the second.

Proposal Context

The task of documenting the history of HIV/AIDS and thinking about the present and future of the epidemic is daunting. The enormity and complexity of the stories and perspectives on the disease, which has affected so many millions of patients and families around the world, present significant challenges that demand continual reexamination. Questions of “what do we collect and from where” and “whose stories do we know best.” The ways in which we handle documentary evidence and produce knowledge from that evidence has profound effects on a huge range of social, economic and health outcomes. In examining and reflecting on our knowledge of the history of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic and its future, we hope to improve our understanding of the true effects of the disease, and what it can teach us about future epidemics.

The Program Committee has identified the following themes to consider when developing your proposal, though we encourage creativity and experimentation in exploring themes, partnerships, and narrative ideas. 

  • Documenting the epidemic: Gaps, silences and unheard voices
  • Creating an interdisciplinary narrative of an epidemic
  • Silent no more: Community, caretaker and patient stories 
  • The San Francisco Bay Area’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic 
  • Biomedical story: From mystery disease to cure 
  • From local to global: Learning from AIDS to address future epidemics

The Program Committee welcomes proposals for individual papers, panel discussion, and posters. Note: Individual papers with a similar focus will be assembled into a single session by the program committee. Usually, 3-4 papers are included in a session.

To allow adequate time for questions and discussion,  panels should be limited to four participants in addition to a chair/facilitator.

Please include the following in your complete proposal:

  • Session title if submitting a full panel proposal (of no more than 20 words)
  • Session abstract if submitting a full panel proposal (up to 500 words)
  • Short session abstract for the program if submitting a full panel proposal (up to 50 words)
  • Paper or poster or presentation titles (if any), and names of corresponding presenters
  •  Biographical paragraph for each presenter
  •  E-mail address for each participant
  •  Affiliation, city, state, and country for each participant
  •  Social media handles or web addresses for each participant (optional)
  •  Audiovisual needs
  • Special accommodation needs

Memory Lives On Program Committee

  • Monica Green, Ph.D., Professor of History, Arizona State University
  • Victoria Harden, Ph.D., Director (retired) of the Office of NIH History
  • Richard McKay, DPhil, Director of Studies for HPS at Magdalene College
  • Barbara A. Koenig, Professor of Medical Anthropology & Bioethics in the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Institute for Health & Aging and Head of UCSF Bioethics Program
  • Jay Levy, MD, Professor UCSF School of Medicine
  • Eric Jost, Digital Marketing Manager, SF AIDS Foundation
  • Jon Cohen, Staff writer for Science Magazine
  • Mark Harrington, Executive Director, Treatment Action Group
  • William Schupbach, Wellcome Library
  • Jason Baumann, Susan and Douglas Dillon Assistant Director for Collection Development and Coordinator of Humanities and LGBT Collections
  • Polina Ilieva, Head of Archives & Special Collections, UCSF Library

Submit a proposal: http://tiny.ucsf.edu/A2nohy
For any inquiries contact David Krah david.krah@ucsf.edu 
More information about the UCSF AIDS History Project: https://www.library.ucsf.edu/archives/aids/

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