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P333


Knowledge of HIV/AIDS in STS: archives, science, and participation 
Convenors:
David Ribes (University of Washington)
Stephen Molldrem (University of Texas Medical Branch)
Andrew Spieldenner (California State University San Marcos)
Marika Cifor (University of Washington)
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Format:
Traditional Open Panel

Short Abstract:

This open panel seeks presentations that synthesize across the social, historical and sociotechnical studies of HIV/AIDS throughout the past 40+ years in North America and the world.

Long Abstract:

This open panel seeks presentations that synthesize across the social, historical and sociotechnical studies of HIV/AIDS throughout the past 40+ years in North America and the world. This panel builds upon the scholarly network building endeavor www.knowledgeofaids.net and a 4S panel in 2023. We seek papers that build on the previous year’s theme of “the archive,” and this year’s primary focus on “expertise.”

STS scholarship on HIV/AIDS has distinct phases. Prior to 1996, before effective HIV treatments became available, it was marked by widespread social and humanistic inquiry. With the advent of antiretroviral treatments, public attention waned and scholarly fragmentation occurred, particularly in the US context. The mistaken underlying rationale was that this pandemic was over (or at least well-managed). Biomedical innovation, inflected by activist engagement, did result in treatments that can enable people living with HIV to live near a full lifespan. However, antiretroviral therapies come with side effects, require resources and stability to remain in care, and are dependent on the pharmaceutical industry and strained health systems. HIV has become a long pandemic – one that is both exceptional and intersects with ongoing human rights, socioeconomic, and public health crises. We seek submissions that take a long view, bridging historical STS work with contemporary trajectories in the field, including about the nature of expertise, knowledge production, archives, and activist and community participation in technoscience. Beyond this panel, the organizers aim to foster long-term intellectual community formation around synthetic understandings of the long pandemic of HIV/AIDS.

Keywords: Social Movements and STS, Forms and Practices of Expertise, Medicine and Healthcare, Histories of science; Queer STS; Feminist STS; Pandemic; Archive; Information technology

Accepted papers: