Carleton Hosts Health Conference

Vitalizing Movements: Bodies, Environments and Biopolitical Struggles

Acclaimed writer and activist Sarah Schulman will be giving a presentation at Carleton University entitled Reflecting on 33 Years of AIDS as part of the Vitalizing Movements: Bodies, Environments and Biopolitical Struggles conference.

The author of nine novels and six works of non-fiction, along with plays and movie scripts, Schulman has been the recipient of many awards, including a Guggenheim grant. She is a key figure in the LGBT movement in the United States, and has recently traveled to Russia to screen a film about the early days of queer activism around HIV and AIDS.

When: Friday Jan. 31, 2014 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Azrieli Pavilion, Carleton University

The conference runs from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2; it is open to the public and free of charge. A full schedule for the conference is available at:

The conference will explore the role of social movements in reframing popular conceptions of illness and ability. The central focus will be on AIDS activism and its history.

“The importance of AIDS as a social issue is often taken for granted today,” said Alexis Shotwell, associate professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, “but we need to remember how significant social movements were in putting this on the agenda.”

The conference will also feature a keynote talk at the SAW Gallery Saturday Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. by Gary Kinsman, professor emeritus, Laurentian University. A long-time scholar of queer activism in Canada, Kinsman recently undertook a collaborative project with Shotwell on the history of AIDS activism in Canada.


For more information
Alexis Shotwell

Steven Reid
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
(613) 520-2600, ext. 8718
(613) 265-6613

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