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HIV, Science, and the Social

A collaborative forum for critical enquiry on HIV/AIDS and global health: experiment, ethics, and practice
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Announcements: June 12, 2012

 CONFERENCES:

Traitements et Contraintes : approches empiriques des dispositifs de prise en charge institutionnelle, à l’Université Paris 13 à Bobigny, jeudi et vendredi prochains.

Comme vous le savez, le groupe “Traitements et Contraintes” de l’IRIS aura le plaisir de vous accueillir pour son colloque Traitements et Contraintes : approches empiriques des dispositifs de prise en charge institutionnelle, à l’Université Paris 13 à Bobigny, jeudi et vendredi prochains.

Nous vous invitons aussi à nous rejoindre en ligne, pour suivre les interventions diffusées en direct : Site internet du colloque Traitements et Contraintes.
A la suite de ces deux journées d’échanges, ce site archivera videos et documents, que vous pourrez consulter librement.

Nous vous remercions par avance de bien vouloir faire suivre ce message aux personnes autour de vous que nos discussions pourront intéresser.

Pour nous joindre : colloquetc2012@gmail.com.
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The 7th Annual National Conference on HIV/AIDS and Aging, Care, Management, and the Challenges of Aging.

 28 September, 2012, JFK Library, Boston, MA

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CALL FOR PAPERS/ABSTRACTS:

 

Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services

CALL FOR PAPERS

HIV Care and Prevention in Adolescents and Emerging Adults
Deadline August 15, 2012

Adolescence is a time often marked by experimentation, development of one’s racial and sexual identity, risk taking, and vulnerability. Consequently, emerging adulthood can be characterized as a period of continued change in terms of home, school, work, and relationship domains. Adolescents and young adults (ages 13 to 29) currently account for the largest percentage (39%) of new HIV infections in the United States compared to other age groups. HIV incidence in this group disproportionately affects young gay and bisexual men and young African Americans. Behavioral factors found to be associated with HIV infection in young persons include early age at sexual initiation, older sex partners, history of sexual abuse, sexually transmitted infections, and substance use. Providers may face challenges in delivering developmentally and culturally appropriate interventions for increasing numbers of young persons entering care systems, and providing treatment regimens that are compatible with diverse lifestyles.

The Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services is inviting the submission of papers for a special issue on HIV Care and Prevention in Adolescents and Emerging Adults.

Topics of interest include:

  • Emergent findings in psychosocial approaches to HIV care and prevention in adolescents and young adults;
  • Identifying and addressing special needs of adolescents and emerging adults living with HIV/AIDS, including transitioning to adult HIV care;
  • Innovative methods in engaging and retaining young persons in prevention and treatment programming;
  • Correlates of adolescents and emerging adults’ sexual risk behavior amenable to service delivery or intervention;
  • Developmental approaches to working with adolescents and emerging adults living with HIV/AIDS;
  • Innovative programmatic approaches relating to issues of gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability;
  • Peer-directed programming targeting adolescents and emerging adults living with HIV/AIDS;
  • Emergent issues in the intersection of biomedical and psychosocial approaches to HIV/AIDS in adolescents and young adults, including treatment-as-prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis.

Special Issue Editors
Douglas Bruce, PhD, MSW, DePaul University
Dexter Voisin, PhD, University of Chicago

Papers to be considered for review for this special issue should be submitted beginning April 15, 2012, through August 15, 2012.

 

 

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Call for Abstracts

Second Annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference
September 27-28, 2012; Kalamazoo, Michigan

Overview: Proponents of medical humanities contend that the humanistic
dimensions of medicine and health are a critical component of those
disciplines; not only do these dimensions help us to understand the very
nature of medicine and health, their apprehension allows caregivers to
relate to their patients, to treat those patients with respect and dignity,
and to provide more holistic and empathetic care. The Western Michigan
University Medical Humanities Conference aims to explore a range of themes
within the medical humanities, though a primary focus will be on how medical
professionals are influenced by the humanities in their daily practices.
This includes values and ethics, and extends to humanities such as music,
poetry, and so forth. We are interested in how this informs the care giver’s
practice of medicine, nursing, or other health care duties, and how it
affects patient outcomes. Proposals in any area of medical humanities are
welcome, but priority will be given to quality proposals from health care
professionals who can relate the humanities to their practices.

The conference is meant to be highly interdisciplinary, drawing participants
from a wide range of backgrounds, including those from both academic and
medical communities. Submissions are welcome on topics that engage some
facet of the medical humanities, including their importance and conceptual
scope. Furthermore, we welcome submissions that engage any of the following:
medical ethics, history of medicine, religious and/or spiritual perspectives
on medicine, health care communication, medical anthropology, sociology of
medicine, cross-cultural approaches to medicine, medicine in literature
and/or poetry, musical therapy, or medicine as represented in the visual
arts.

Submission Guidelines: Submissions should include name,
departmental/institutional affiliation, project title, and an abstract not
to exceed 500 words. Proposals should be submitted electronically by July
15-in either .doc/.docx or .pdf format-to medical-humanities@wmich.edu.
Acceptances will be announced by August 1, and further details will appear
on the http://www.wmich.edu/medicalhumanities/conference2012/ as they are
available.

About Us: Under the direction of Dr. Fritz Allhoff and Mr. David Charlton,
the Medical Humanities Workgroup is a new initiative on the campus of
Western Michigan University, coordinating individuals from the campus and
broader Kalamazoo community with interests in the humanistic dimensions of
medicine and health. For more information, please see
www.wmich.edu/medicalhumanities.

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Call for Papers: Beyond ‘Them’ and ‘Us’? Enacting Social Science
Within the Public Health Research Agenda on Chronic Illness

Tuesday 18 September 2012. Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Keynote Speakers: Professor David Armstrong, King’s College London;
Professor Rose Barbour, Open University

For social scientists employed in public health settings, the
activities, institutions and practices marked by the term ‘public
health research’ may be approached conceptually in at least three
different ways:

(a) as a ‘field of work’ within which they are located, for example as
doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and in more permanent
posts (‘us’)

(b) as a ‘topic of enquiry’ (an aspect of society) they are called
upon to investigate (‘them’)

(c) as a recursive activity, in which they, along with every other
individual, form part of the research object as well as its agent,
that is by being members of a population or ‘public’ (‘we’).

Beyond Them and Us aims to unpack and critically explore this triple
dimension. As early career sociologists employed in a public health
setting, we observe that colleagues from biomedically-oriented
disciplines sometimes express the expectation that ‘our’ contribution
‘add meaning’ to ‘their’ findings, for instance data derived from
controlled trials or policy initiatives based on models of ‘complex
intervention’. Yet social science approaches prompt a critical
evaluation of how such methods and epistemic practices themselves
operate. Similarly, within the field of chronic illness, there is
often a hiatus between ‘our’ and ‘their’ understandings of the
nominally designated goal of research. For instance, the shared
starting point of the ‘obesity epidemic’ is interpreted in different
ways.

Such differences frequently seem to lead to misunderstanding and even
conflict at institutional and/or personal levels. They are inseparable
from wider social and political trends, and deeply entangled with
issues of the power and status of different sciences. More easily
overlooked is the extent to which we are all inescapably participant
subjects as well as protagonists of public health research
enterprises. This further problematises any easy distinction between
lay, biomedical and social-scientific orientations.

Within academic commentary, these issues are frequently framed in
terms of the respective theoretical merits of ‘qualitative’ and
‘quantitative’ approaches, or proposed reconciliations between the
two. In contrast, ongoing entanglements and discriminations of ‘us’,
‘them’ and ‘we’ suggest a far messier, dynamic and literally informal
picture. Key questions concern whose is the social science
contribution within public health research, who or what is that
contribution for, and how best to enact and communicate that
contribution in the real world? Discussion of these questions tends to
be reserved to ‘off-page’ and ‘off-stage’ settings (e.g. frustrations
shared over coffee). A more explicit articulation involves rethinking
how we might theoretically and practically work with multiple and
fluctuating demands, aspirations and ways of seeing.

Beyond Them and Us aims to recover the notion of ‘enacting social
science within public health’ as in itself a legitimate field of
social enquiry and to begin to explore a range of creative and
constructive restatements, responses and/or possible resolutions. The
symposium is targeted especially at early career (doctoral and
postdoctoral) social scientists working within public health who face
issues and dilemmas similar to those described, although proposed
contributions may come from those working in any setting and from any
disciplinary background. Contributions focusing on specific empirical
contexts (whether ‘successes’ or ‘failures’) and/ or taking a wider
critical or reflective stance are equally welcome.

Submission Process: Abstracts of not more than 300 words should be
e-mailed to socsciinph@medschl.cam.ac.uk by Friday 15 June 2012. When
sending the abstract please state full title of proposed paper,
author(s’) name(s), affiliation, and e-mail contact details. You will
be informed by early July whether your paper has been selected for the
symposium.

As a second stage of the process, authors of selected papers will be
requested to provide a written version (at least in summary form) of
their contribution by Monday 3 September 2012 at the latest so that
this can be circulated to other participants prior to the symposium.
The purpose of this is to encourage a fuller cross-fertilisation of
ideas and to stimulate richer and more productive discussion on the
day.

Other: Subject to the outcome of funding applications, it is possible
a charge may need to be imposed for participation in the symposium
(including for speakers selected via this CFP) in order to cover
costs. However this will be no more than £40 (with a reduced rate of
£20 for all students including PhDs).

The event is organised by Emily Taylor and Paul Stronge, Research
Associates, based at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care,
University of Cambridge.

All enquiries to socsciinph@medschl.cam.ac.uk please.

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MISCELLANEOUS:

We would like to bring your attention to Strive Digest, which comes from a research consortium at the London School. This research consortium investigates the social norms and inequalities that drive HIV. The digest appears monthly, and we will continue to feature relevant pieces on this blog.

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JPHCF Launch Meeting

Tuesday 8 May 2012 saw the launch of the Joint Primary Health Care Forum (JPHCF), an alliance of civil society organizations formed to improve access to health services at community level by supporting the implementation of South Africa’s primary health care system.

JPHCF Survey

We would greatly appreciate if you could spare 15 minutes to complete a JPHCF Primary Health Care Survey which is designed to reflect trends in the implementation of PHC outreach teams at Health District and Ward level. The information will be used to help inform advocacy and guidelines for PHC implementation.

We invite all organizations and/or individuals from civil society who share the same aims, to affiliate with us by signing up for occasional newsletters, and other information, on www.jphcf.org.za.

 


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