Sunday, March 29, 2015

March 31 event: An Ecology of AIDS Infrastructures: A Sociotechnical History of the Present

This Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy event will be streamed live Tuesday, March 31 at 12:30 pm.

From the announcement:

This presentation will traverse the history of HIV/AIDS from the perspective of three ‘stacked’ infrastructures that have supported research of that disease. In 1983, early in the epidemic, scientists founded the MACS to study a cohort of gay and bisexual men at risk for AIDS. Continuing to the present, the MACS has sustained a stable ‘kernel’ of resources to support research, such as a vast archive of data and specimens. In 1995, responding to a multi-pronged critique by AIDS activists, feminists and scientists, a new research infrastructure was founded focusing on women with HIV, called the WIHS. The WIHS was modeled on the MACS, sharing common methods and instruments to enable collaborative investigations. Lastly, in 2006, the NA-ACCORD was founded with the goal of integrating many HIV/AIDS infrastructures, including the MACS and the WIHS — a new organizational form for biomedicine inspired by Big Data and Cyberinfrastructure movements. By traversing the history of AIDS ‘through’ its infrastructures we can better understand the limits of our knowledge, and more broadly, the social and technical legacy-challenges faced by contemporary ecologies of infrastructure.

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