AIDS: A Cultural History
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Gresham College Lectures
AIDS: A Cultural History
Jun 08, 2023
Gresham College

AIDS is an example of a highly stigmatising ailment.

This lecture explores Susan Sontag’s aphorism that “metaphors kill”. Focussing on the period before the invention of antiretroviral drugs, the lecture also addresses questions of civil liberties, gender and sexuality, race, religion, and cultures of both harm and care. By paying attention to how hierarchies of grief were created and contested, it addresses questions of loss as well as solidarity.

A lecture by Joanna Bourke recorded on 30 May 2023 at Barnard's Inn Hall, London.

The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website:

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