Brian King Speaks on HIV as a Social and Ecological Experience

Posted on 4/9/2019 11:08:42 AM

Dr. Brian King photo

After decades of research on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, there remain critical gaps in understanding how HIV-positive people manage their health through their engagement with social and ecological systems.

This is particularly needed given improvements in the global response to the epidemic, in which expanded access to antiretroviral therapy has extended the possibility for survival for years or decades.

This talk presents findings from an ongoing research project in rural South Africa that integrates qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze the political ecologies of disease. Dr. Brian King argues that because HIV-positive households in the Global South remain dependent upon a diverse set of resources for livelihood production, managed HIV is experienced through continued inequities in exposure and treatment. 

King is an associate professor of geography at The Pennsylvania State University and is the author of States of Disease: Political Environments and Human Health (2017).

King's presentation is sponsored by the Department of Geography and Regional Planning, Public Health, Pan-African Studies, and Gamma Theta Upsilon, an international honor society in geography.

Date: 4/11/2019

Time: 5:15-6:45 p.m.

Location: B-011 – Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Cover of Dr. King's book showing a chicken processesor, a factory, a pond with an animal and tree nearby, an image showing a lot of hand prints, and a candle with an AIDS ribbon. The title is States of Disease, Political Environments and Human Health.

Photo: Cover of a book by Brian King