Respect, care, and labor in collaborative scholarly projects

As members of Somatosphere’s Editorial Collaborative, we have been following the unfolding crisis surrounding Hau with profound concern (Agro 2018, Flaherty 2018). As others have noted, this crisis has revealed multiple structural issues that deserve intense engagement beyond the specifics of the individual case: open-access (OA), digital scholarship and publication, yes, but also academic power, precarity, and vulnerability;


Conference Report: The Humanization of Health Sciences through Innovation in Health Professions Education

Brocher Foundation, May 2016


This three-day event took place at the Brocher Foundation Institute, Geneva, from May 17-20 2016, and was generously funded by a Brocher Foundation award. The organising team included Berna Gerber, Thomas Cousins, and Lizahn Cloete (Stellenbosch University), Megan Wainwright (University of Cape Town), Michelle Pentecost (University of Oxford), Ferdinand Mukumbang (University of the Western …


STRIVE: a research consortium on the structural drivers of HIV

We’re posting a short announcement here from colleagues at STRIVE, which was recently launched at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. We look forward to critical exchange and debate!

From Hillary Rodham Clinton onwards, everyone at the 2012 International AIDS Conference agreed that tackling structural factors – such as stigma and gender-based violence – is essential to effective …

In the Journals

Transcriptions – In the Journals – July 2012 – part II

HIV Treatment As Prevention 

The upcoming International AIDS Conference in Washington DC looks to be dominated by  Treatment as Prevention (TasP), and biomedical prevention technologies more broadly, as the next big breakthrough in HIV. At Transcriptions we’re starting a series exploring the debate in order build a critical conversation about the way in which biomedical prevention technologies are being conceptualized, …

In the Journals

Transcriptions – In the Journals – July 2012 – part I

Here I review a range of academic journals over the past two months on global health and HIV, mindful of the fact that many of these pieces will inform the upcoming International AIDS Conference. At Transcriptions, we’re trying to bring together activists, scholars, physicians and others into conversation, so when a scholarly article appears on civil society and a global …


Release of Report on “HIV and the Law”

Today the Global Commission on HIV and the Law released its report “HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights & Health”, and we think it’s a pretty significant publication that deserves a critical and appreciative response.

In their words, “The final report of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law presents a coherent and compelling evidence base on human rights …

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