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Trustees of Indiana University, Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN 46202-3288)
William H. Schneider (Project Director: December 2012 to December 2019)

Collaborative Research
Research Programs

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$290,000 (approved)
$290,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 12/31/2017

An International Collaboration on the Political, Social, and Cultural History of the Emergence of HIV/AIDS

An international research collaboration leading to the publication of a book that will examine the political. social, and medical processes of the emergence of HIV/AIDS in Africa. (36 months)

This project will study the emergence of HIV/AIDS from simian immune viruses in central and West Africa beginning in the 1920s. To date explanations have been offered with little, if any, research by humanities scholars. Our collaborative team includes seven humanities scholars including an anthropologist and environmental historian of great ape hunting, an urban historian of both former French and Belgian Congo, a scholar of prostitution in central Africa, a medical anthropologist of Portuguese Africa, and two historians of Western medicine in Africa. Our research seeks to bring critical humanities approaches to explore several possible, interacting developments that influenced the transformation of simian immunodeficiency viruses into human ones. This research will look broadly on the historical epidemiology of everyday, socio-economic and political processes, and medical procedures during the colonial and postcolonial periods that permitted viral adaptation and epidemic spread.