Lecture Series: AIDS @ 30 – Three Decades of Responding to HIV/AIDS

In the weeks leading up to World AIDS Day on 1 December 2011, King’s College London will host a special series of lectures to mark 30 years since the initial recognition of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in 1981. The series, ‘AIDS @ 30: Three Decades of Responding to HIV/AIDS’, will offer an opportunity for activists, health workers, and historians who have been involved in the history of the epidemic to reflect on their experiences. Some questions that speakers will address include:

  • What new perspective(s) can three decades of history offer on the epidemic?
  • What role have history and historians played in public discussions about HIV/AIDS?
  • What continuities and discontinuities characterise the epidemic’s history?
  • How have questions surrounding the epidemic’s origins evolved since 1981?
  • What problems, trends, or silences deserve renewed attention from historians?

All events will be held at 18.15 on Thursdays in Room K2.31, King’s Building, Strand Campus, except 27 October (Room S-3.20) and 3 November (Room K6.29). A 45-minute presentation for a general audience will be followed by a question & answer session and refreshments. Members of the public are welcome; no registration is required. Seating is limited to 90 spaces, so attendees are invited to arrive in good time.

Questions and media enquiries should be directed to:

Dr Richard A. McKay
ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of History/Centre for the Humanities and Health
King’s College London
richard.mckay [at] kcl.ac.uk


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