New Methodologies for Interdisciplinarity in HIV and Related Health Fields

Since the identification of HIV, the virus has required extensive engagement between the social sciences and biomedicine. However, the relationship between the two has often been contentious: differences in language, frameworks for analysis, representation and understandings of what is at stake have provoked responses to the virus to categorise themselves as either biomedical or behavioural interventions.

Consequently, and in contrast to its entangled character, the problem of HIV is often articulated in dichotomous terms – social or physiological. In contrast, by bringing together speakers (and audience participants) from the social sciences, humanities and biomedical landscape this symposium seeks not to amplify mutual critique, but to expand modes of collaboration. Acordingly, we will explore the relations – both beneficial and problematic – between research on HIV conducted within the humanities and social sciences and biomedical development.

(Confirmed) Speakers:

Dr Marsha Rosengarten Goldsmiths, University of London
Dr des. Lukas Engelmann University of Cambridge
Ms Susie MacLean International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Dr Catherine Montgomery University of Amsterdam
Dr Catherine Dodds London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Prof Jane Anderson Homerton University Hospital
Dr Mitzy Gafos University College London
Dr Monica Greco Goldsmiths, University of London
Dr Mike Youle Royal Free Hospital

Listen to the speaker presentations below:


Bursaries are available, attendance is free and lunch and tea/coffee will be provided. However, places are limited so please be sure to register for the event by the 17th of June by e-mailing: admin (

Please check The HIV Project website for further information (including the programme) in the lead up to the event

Convened by The HIV Project: Richard Boulton, Ulla Mcknight, Emily Nicholls, Agata Pacho, Annette-Carina van der Zaag with the support of Marsha Rosengarten.

In association with Association for Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV (ASSHH) and the Unit of Play (UoP, Goldsmiths)

Funded by Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness