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NCHSR Seminar Series

 

National Centre in HIV Social Research  

Dear colleague

The National Centre in HIV Social Research invites you to attend the following seminar in Room 119 on Level 1 of the John Goodsell Building (F20), UNSW Kensington campus.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Click here for directions.

John de Wit, Director 

Wednesday 5 September, 12.30-1.30pm
 

The Syringe is NOT an Object: Harm Reduction, Needle Sharing, and Morality

 

Dr Nicole Vitellone, University of Liverpool, UK

Nicole Vitellone is A.F Warr Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Liverpool. She teaches in the areas of social theory, social research methods, feminist and gender studies, crime and culture. Her research is concerned with the sociology of HIV/AIDS prevention, technology, the non-human and affect.   

Recent publications include:
‘The science of the syringe’ Feminist Theory 2011, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 201-209
‘Contesting Compassion’ The Sociological Review, 2011, vol. 59, no. 3, pp. 579-596
‘“Just another night in the shooting gallery?”: the syringe, affect and space’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 2010, vol. 29, no 1. pp. 867-880.
Object Matters: Condoms, Adolescence and Time (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2008).

Since its inception in the mid-1980s the concept of ‘harm reduction’ has played a critical role in the development of a) local and global public health policy on Needle Exchange, b) drugs research on heroin use, c) empirical evaluations of drug injecting behaviour, and d) epistemological debates in the social sciences. Addressing the history of harm reduction this paper examines the political, epistemological and scientific controversies surrounding this health intervention. In tracing this history I consider the impact of ‘morality’ in the production of drug injecting subjects, public health policy, and debates on harm itself. In particular, I consider the effects of morality in relation to the policy, practices and politics of the syringe. Focusing on empirical and theoretical evaluations of harm reduction I examine the ways the object has come to matter in the war on drugs and the policy of needle exchange. In so doing this paper investigates what happens when we deploy morality as a sociological object in the empirical evaluation of health policy.  

 

 


 
Upcoming Seminars

 

Thursday 13 September 5.00-6.30pm 

Staying Safe: What can research about people who inject drugs tell us about how to avoid hepatitis C in the long-term? Next generation hepatitis C prevention strategies
Sam Friedman of the National Development and Research Institutes Inc., New York, designed the original Staying Safe project. The underpinning idea of Staying Safe is to explore the strategies used by people who have injected for long periods but have not been exposed to hepatitis C infection with the view to developing innovative intervention strategies.

Since then, work has been done in many sites around the world, including St Petersburg, Valencia, Prague, London, Sydney and Melbourne. New York has since received funding for and conducted a prevention trial in order to enhance the skills of people who inject drugs to avoid exposure to HIV/hepatitis C.

This seminar will showcase work from London, Sydney and New York.

As this is a high-demand event, places are quite limited so it is essential to book in advance. Click here to reserve your place before 10 September.

Chair
Lisa Maher, The Kirby Institute, UNSW

Presenters
Magdalena Harris, The Centre for Research on Drugs and Health Behaviour, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
Carla Treloar, National Centre in HIV Social Research, UNSW
Pedro Mateu-Gelabert, National Development and Research Institutes Inc., New York, US

Discussants
Tim Rhodes, The Centre for Research on Drugs and Health Behaviour, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK; National Centre in HIV Social Research, UNSW
Sam Friedman, National Development and Research Institutes Inc., New York, US

Location
Lecture Theatre B, Robert Webster Building (G14), UNSW


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