HIV Communities


This AHRC-funded seminar series is part of the Connected Communities Theme. Led by Keele University, it seeks to explore and understand the historical and contemporary cultures, communities and connections in the HIV Sector.

Project Status:

In Progress


Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)


University of Sheffield
Keele University


contemporary culture/society, digital archive, medical humanities, social history


not applicable

Project Website

Project Description

[excerpt from the project website:]

This seminar series is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of its Connected Communities Theme. It is co-organized by Drs Alannah Tomkins and Dana Rosenfeld (Keele University), with a Steering Group comprised of HIV activists/advocates and other members of ‘the’ HIV community, academics working across a range of disciplines, digital humanities scholars, and HIV clinicians and other service providers. Our five themed seminars will:

  1. Explore the historical and cultural contexts, connections, and narratives of multiple HIV communities (those directly affected by and/or professionally responding to HIV/AIDS).
  2. Facilitate narrative exchange between members of these communities.
  3. Further understanding of community connections and the impact of such factors as culture, technology, and history on community life.
  4. Ground future explorations of the themes that emerge throughout the course of the project.

After the final seminar, we will hold two Community Dissemination Events (one in London, and one in Manchester) to present our findings to members of HIV communities and other HIV sector stakeholders.

Please refer to the project website for information about each seminar.

Steering Group

  • Dr Dana Rosenfeld (Principal Investigator – Keele University)
  • Dr Alannah Tomkins (Co-Investigator – Keele University)

The Steering Group includes colleagues from a range of organisations and community groups. The HRI’s representative is:

  • Katherine Rogers (Digital Humanities Developer – University of Sheffield)