ASSHH UK Conference: ‘Critical Conversations about HIV’

20 May 2016
Annie Holmes

A social science and humanities perspective is essential to the HIV response. STRIVE will co-host a one-day conference at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on 20 June 2016 as a platform for voices from the field, organised by the Association of Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV (ASSHH UK).

The one-day meeting will bring together UK-based social scientists working on HIV under the umbrella of ASSHH UK. This network formed after the successful international ASSHH conferences in Durban (2011), Paris (2013) and Stellenbosch (2015).

The day will include discussions, panels, networking sessions and a video screening, and will encompass issues and people within and beyond the UK. The conference will take place at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel St, London, WC1E 7HT. Currently, all places are full but please email asshh [dot] uk [at] gmail [dot] com to be added to the waiting list or watch the live webcast on the day.

Live stream links

Manson Theatre

LG7, 12:00-13:45

LG7, 16:00-17:45

For the full programme and location details, download or scroll down.

Morning session

Welcome and Introduction

Manson Theatre, 9.45 - 10.30

Plenary session, J. Seeley and M. Rosengarten 

Roundtable Discussion

Manson Theatre, 10:30 - 11:45

Eddies, backflows and stagnancy: Qualitative research findings from eastern and southern Africa on the HIV treatment cascade and its 'goodness of fit', M. Skovdal, S. Paparini, J. Seeley, O. Bonnington, A. Wringe and C. Nyamukapa

Parallel Panel Session

12:00 - 13:30


The Ethics of Speaking HIV, U. McKnight and A. van der Zaag

Empty rituals? A qualitative study of users’ experience of Monitoring & Evaluation systems in HIV interventions in Western India, A. Shukla, F. Cornish and P. Teeedon

Situating antiretrovirals: Utilising situational analysis to topographically foreground antiretrovirals in analysing the discourses of HIV treatment as prevention, K. Lloyd

Social representations of biomedical approaches to HIV prevention among men who have sex with men, R. Jaspal

Manson Theatre

‘Life-Coursing’ and Accounts for Decisions to Disclose HIV to Parents and Children: Findings from the HIV and Later Life Study, D. Rosenfeld

Growing older with HIV: what does this mean for women?, J. Stevenson 

“I want to be valued for my femininity, to find a true voice for our creativity”: Performance, Women, Ageing and HIV, K. Low, M. Mudyavanhu, S. Petretti and S.Tariq

Afternoon session

Manson theatre, 14:15 - 14:45

Social science in social intervention trials: ‘Investigators of’ and ‘investigators within’, discussion between M. Collumbien and S. Lees led by J. Seeley (Manson Theatre)

Round-table discussion

Manson theatre, 14:45 - 16:00

HIV prevention in a complex world: critical reflections on community mobilisation and engagement with gay, bisexual and other MSM, L. McDaid, I. Young, N. Boydell and P. Flowers

Parallel Panel Session

16:15 - 17:30


Young people's sexual and reproductive health in the context of the HIV and AIDS: adaptation and modification of group discussion material, J. Arkhurst

Communicative Practice in Youth Sexual Behaviour Change and Empowerment: Bureaucratization v. Transformation, C. Coultas

Sex and reproductive health education for HIV and AIDS Prevention, W. Mwangalube

Manson Theatre

“Speaking out in a silenced society” Some reasons for the silenced voices of people living with HIV/AIDS and the usefulness of life histories as an educational tool for the wider community, D. Dalton

Overruling Safer Sex in the HIV Era: The Roman Catholic Narrative of Procreative Sex, M. Fornasiero

HIV, Shame and Philosophy, P. Hutchinson 

Closing session

Manson theatre, 17:00 - 18:00

Closing remarks and the future of ASSHH UK

The workshop will be followed by drinks and an opportunity to network.


This workshop/conference has been made possible with financial and logistical support from STRIVE, and a grant from the Wellcome Trust to support travel bursaries and the networking event.