This module provides an overview of the anthropology of AIDS, promotes understanding and analysis in a broad social, political and economic context, and explores qualitative and quantitative methods.
At the crossroads of sexuality and death, AIDS is a potent metaphor for inequality, the failures of modernity, and the rise of globalisation in many communities. Those infected with AIDS become stigmatised, and associated with the breakdown of community morals. Contextualizing AIDS in everyday life, we will work to understand how people live and die with AIDS.
This programme provides an overview of the latest developments in the anthropology of AIDS, promotes understanding and analysis in a broad social, political and economic context, and explores combining qualitative and quantitative methods for studying HIV/AIDS. Students apply these insights to case studies that highlight the complexity of AIDS and reflect on the way anthropological research can inform interventions intended to combat AIDS.
AIDS will be placed in a historical perspective, paying attention to recent shifts toward the provision of anti-retroviral treatment. While the disease and efforts to combat it have been flourishing for more than 20 years, there is little ground for examination of past successes or failures, or comparison with other public health efforts.
The construction of risk groups and blame; Risk versus Vulnerability; AIDS and Power; New Prevention Technologies; Microbicides; AIDS and Globalisation; International Trade and AIDS Medicines; Ethnographies of AIDS; Everyday Experience of HIV/AIDS and Sexuality; AIDS and Death.
Lectures, seminars, discussion groups and individual and group assignments.
The AMMA is meant for social scientists in multidisciplinary research projects in the field of health and healthcare, and for physicians and other professionals of healthcare, such as Departments of Public Health and programmes for prevention. The programme is also useful for social scientists who wish to specialise in medical anthropology, as part of their PhD programme planning and for academic staff of European universities planning to develop courses and/or research in medical anthropology.
The main objectives of this course are to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art of the anthropology of AIDS, to promote the understanding and analysis of AIDS in a broad social, political and economic context, and to explore possibilities for combining qualitative and quantitative methods for studying HIV/AIDS.
This is an intensive course with a duration of two weeks. It brings together participants with a social science and medical background. During these two weeks students gain knowledge and insight in the field of HIV. They gain knowledge of theoretic approaches, concepts and qualitative research methods that they will be able to apply in their home country. By applying the acquired skills and by sharing their expertise with colleagues, participants will strengthen the organization's functioning.
Tuition fees are adjusted annually. For up-to-date information, please see www.uva.nl/collegegeld (Dutch students) or www.uva.nl/tuition (international students).