Critical Social Science Perspectives on HIV/AIDS

Scholarly Definition

A recently articulated Canadian school of sociological scholarship that is grounded in the assumption that to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, deep reflection on questions of epistemology is needed. A distinctive vein of contributions, it refers to a broad range of work that is conversant with developments in contemporary theory, methods and practices in the social sciences © Laura Bisaillon

Artist Statement

While drug scientists work on treatment regimes and vaccines, social scientists focus on such subjects as societal responses to HIV/AIDS. In this illustration, I use the red ribbon, associated with HIV/AIDS, lacing around a pair of outstretched hands. We witness the moment just before two people, who live in distant parts of the world from each other, are about to touch. Critical social science perspectives, as a scholarly frame of analysis, are represented in another hand emerging from an opened book. The knowledge derived from social research conducted within this family of perspectives cuts the ribbon in two. This cutting is promissory: it ushers in an era of finely tuned theoretical and methodological innovation in social science research on HIV/AIDS.

Medium: Digital art © Ujwal Mantha