Book Release: A Visual History of HIV/AIDS - Exploring the Face of AIDS Film Archive
Welcome to the release of A Visual History of HIV/AIDS: Exploring the Face of AIDS Film Archive. The editors and contributing researchers will discuss their articles with moderator Dagmar Brunow. As an introduction, Film director Staffan Hildebrand will talk about his ongoing documentation of the HIV epidemic. A selection of film clips from the archive will also be shown.
Everyone is welcome and there will be sandwiches and drinks (on a first come, first served basis).
More details and program coming soon.
A Visual History of HIV/AIDS is interdisciplinary collection introducing the Face of AIDS Film Archive and its role, setting it in a global context. Using a medical humanities framework, the editors explore the influence of historical representations of HIV, AIDS and stigma in a world where antiretroviral treatment has fundamentally altered the conditions under which many people diagnosed with HIV live. The volume also looks at methodological, legal and ethical issues around archiving memories, analyses particular films from the archive, discusses how stigma and trauma are negotiated in the material, and looks at the film maker as activist and auteur.
The event will be moderated by the editors
- Mariah Larsson, Professor, Department of Film and Literature, Linneaus University
- Elisabet Björklund, Post-doctoral researcher, Department of History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University
The Face of AIDS Film Archive at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, consists of more than 700 hours of unedited and edited footage, shot over a period of more than thirty years and all over the world by filmmaker and journalist Staffan Hildebrand. The material documents the HIV/AIDS pandemic and includes scenes from conferences and rallies, and interviews with activists, physicians, people with the infection, and researchers. It represents a global historical development from the early years of the AIDS crisis to a situation in which it is possible to live a normal life with the HIV virus.
A Visual History of HIV/AIDS: Exploring the Face of AIDS Film Archive (Edited by Elisabet Björklund and Mariah Larsson. Routledge. ISBN 9781138503243)