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AIDS Knows No Borders: AIDS Activism and the Rhetoric of Immigration

February 1, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Portrait image of Karma Chávez outdoors wearing a blue shirt


Monday Seminar:

Karma Chávez

Communication Arts, UW-Madison

Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellow (2015-2016)


Scientific conferences are not known for their excitement, but what happens when large numbers of your constituency choose to boycott your meeting? And further, what can transpire when rowdy AIDS activists use your meeting as a stage to air their grievances with government and scientific inaction and disrupt business as usual? What is the appropriate relationship between science and politics, especially when people are dying at alarming rates? This presentation will consider these questions and more thorough analysis of the rhetoric of the boycotts of the 1990 and 1992 International AIDS Conferences, which are key turning points in the global history of HIV/AIDS.


Karma R. Chávez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Arts and an affiliate in the Program in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at UW-Madison. She is co-editor of Standing in the Intersection: Feminist Voices, Feminist Practices (with Cindy L. Griffin, SUNY Press, 2012), and author of Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities (University of Illinois Press, 2013). Karma is also a member of the radical queer collective Against Equality, an organizer for LGBT Books to Prisoners, and a host of the radio program, “A Public Affair” on Madison’s community radio station, 89.9 FM WORT. She is at work on a project entitled AIDS Knows No Borders: AIDS Activism and the Rhetoric of Immigration.


February 1, 2016
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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University Club, Room 212
432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States