Project: Disentangling European HIV/AIDS Policies: Activism, Citizenship and Health (EUROPACH)

Through the lens of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, EUROPACH will explore how the past is mobilised in the unfolding of activism, health policy and citizenship in Europe. As transnational health-governing bodies seek to integrate a fortified biomedical approach into local structures of care and prevention, the project asks how the past has come to shape these structures so as to enable a reflexive and situated approach to the future. By analysing the discourses and practices that make up HIV/AIDS policy worlds in Germany, Poland, Turkey, the UK, and at the European level, EUROPACH aims to describe the varied citizenship claims (in terms of entitlements and responsibilities) that emerge across shifting notions of Europe. Researchers will unpack the logics of policy discourses and disentangle the transnational histories that have been involved in the co-production of these policy assemblages, and develop a corresponding interactive map to be housed on the project's website. They will also record interviews with long-term activists and persons living with HIV or AIDS, which will provide a foundation for a new European HIV/AIDS oral history archive. Ethnographic research conducted in spaces of policy development and negotiation, combined with analyses of art works engaging with the epidemic, will be used to situate citizenship models in their temporal trajectories, and then to scrutinize them - in close discussion with the project's 14 APs - for insights as to possibilities for the future. In accounting for the multiplicity and entanglements of histories that coexist in contemporary citizenship frameworks at the nexus of sexuality, health and the body, EUROPACH aims to provide support for mapping out the dynamics of integrating local communities, contexts and histories into European structures and praxes of citizenship.

Acronym EUROPACH (Reference Number: HERA.15.093)
Duration 01/06/2016 - 31/05/2019
Project Topic REFLECTIVE-1-2014
Call HERA Call “Uses of the Past”

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Humboldt University Berlin Coordinator Germany
2 Goldsmiths, University of London Partner United Kingdom
3 University of Basel Partner Switzerland
4 Jagiellonian University Partner Poland
5 AIDS Action Europe Observer Germany
6 Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe Observer Germany
7 SIEĆ PLUS Observer Poland
8 T-DER Observer Türkiye
9 National aids Trust Observer United Kingdom
10 Justri Observer United Kingdom
11 European aids Treatment Group (EATG) Observer Germany
12 International Committee on the Rights of Seks Workers in Europe (ICRSE) Observer Netherlands
13 EuroNPUD Observer United Kingdom
14 Hydra Observer Germany
15 ÌKGV Observer Türkiye
16 Kaos GL Observer Türkiye
17 Social aids Committee Observer Poland
18 ACT UP Oral History Project Observer United States