Doctorate student - Concordia University
Pharmaco-legal governance of HIV: From high-impact prevention to the criminalization of transmission, non-disclosure and exposure
Our proposed project has the following objectives:
• To promote an interdisciplinary exchange at the intersections of social care, bioethics, sociology and criminology, and to engage in interdisciplinary collaborative knowledge production.
• To align our work in the ongoing historical trajectory of critical social science knowledge production in the field of HIV and AIDS, and to contribute to a growing critical re-engagement in HIV studies in opposition to the on-going privileging of biomedical perspectives.
• To explore the potential convergent relationship between two seemingly disparate practices: 1) the criminalization of HIV exposure, transmission and non-disclosure; and 2) the new technologies, which comprise high-impact HIV treatment as prevention.
• To critically engage with and interrogate current biomedical discourse on new high-impact prevention interventions (TasP and PrEP) in a North American context.
Alexander McClelland is a writer and researcher who is currently working on a doctorate at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture, Concordia University. His work focuses on the intersections of life, law and disease. He has developed a range of collaborative and interdisciplinary writing, academic, artistic and curatorial projects to address issues of criminalization, sexual autonomy, surveillance, drug liberation, and the construction of knowledge on HIV and AIDS.