Annual Colloquium - 2012
Going Viral: Thirty Years of Living with HIV/AIDS
Dr. David Román
Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity
University of Southern California
"Images of Intervention: AIDS Activism in the U.S. in the Early 1980s"
Roman presents a visual history of early AIDS activism in the United States by looking at some of the images in mainstream and community-based media around the syndrome in the early 1980s. His work recovers a lost history of AIDS activism in major cities such as New York and San Francisco, the epicenters of the AIDS crisis in the early years, and also in other regions of the country not usually represented in early accounts of the epidemic. Additionally, he discusses some of the ways that the gay community first responded to AIDS by examining the visual archive documented in the gay press.
Dr. Román's research focuses on theatre and performance studies, with an emphasis on contemporary US culture; American studies, with an emphasis on race, sexuality, and the performing arts; Latina/o studies with an emphasis on popular culture; and queer studies with an emphasis on archival practices, subcultural histories, and artistic production, primarily in twentieth century America. He has written and edited books about AIDS and the arts, Latino studies, and contemporary US culture and performance. His current projects include a book on the racial politics of American theatre in the 1940s; a study of the memoirs of pre-Stonewall gay and lesbian activists; and a historical project on AIDS and cultural production in the 1980s and early 1990s.