AIDS Cultural Activism and Speculative Health Promotion
From Robbie Court
Clip 2: It's A Sin: First look at Russell T Davies' new drama https://youtu.be/ltoWiLj_aIk
This talk considers the relationship between the "futures" of HIV/AIDS and their deployment within recent cultural media.
Thinking through Leo Herrera's The Fathers Project (2018-19) and Russell T. Davies's It's A Sin (2021), Chase explores how these media reinvent HIV health promotion messages (both historical and contemporary) by speculating potential futures. He demonstrates how these media reinforce institutional messages about HIV prevention but also engage in a social critique that contests and queers institutional perceptions of the "future" and "end of AIDS".
Chase Ledin is a queer cultural theorist, science and technology (STS) scholar, and sexual health researcher. He is currently a PhD researcher in cultural theory at the University of Edinburgh. His thesis explores the social implications of “post-AIDS” in contemporary US and UK societies. The project draws on a variety of archival materials, moving-image productions, public health campaigns, and historical ephemera to understand the relationship between biomedical, social and cultural interpretations of HIV intervention strategies since 1996.
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