While HIV/AIDS may not initially seem as a close fit with UCTs transformation initiative, a clearer understanding of the issues surrounding the epidemic (such as prejudice) can serve as a catalyst for transforming people's belief systems, says HAICU director Cal Volks. "As such, the lessons learned in the HIV arena can further inform many aspects of UCT's transformation drive."
Cultural nostalgia and stigmatisation are hindering efforts to address teh HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa, UCT's 5th Colloquim on HIV/AIDS recently heard. Titled Narrative and Nostalgie in HIV Education and Research, the gathering focused on the human stories behind the virus. The aim was to encourage the universtiy to develop "a social context in which social identities may be negotiated in order to promote acceptance and tolerance", according to Cal Volks, Director of UC
Following the launch of her book, Are They Really 'Born Free'? Volks discussed her research with UCT students living with HIV, interviewed in 2006 and early 2012
exploring the multi-layered burden of experiencing HIV stigma coupled in some with intergenerational trauma and some experiences of discrimination around race, class, language and sexual orientation.