Writing a literary atlas of the Amazon, and learning from HIV-related stigma.
The Eccles Centre’s Summer Scholars season of free in-person lunchtime talks explores the exciting and wide-ranging research into the Americas collections at the British Library by the Eccles Centre’s Fellows and Award winners. The talks take place in the British Library Entrance Hall bookshop and attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.
Into Yanomami Land
Pola Oloixarac’s current project is to write a literary atlas of the Amazon. Though the 19th-century European explorers who traversed the land and rivers of the part of the planet produced rich literature, they were mostly looking for things that they already knew and/or trying to interpret what they found in terms of its utility and value. Oloixarac’s research engages with the materials of indigenous communities in the collections of the British Library, looking at them as human cultural productions with an open meaning.
Learning from HIV to Address COVID-19 Stigma
Carmen Logie considers how learning from literature concerning the emergence of HIV-related stigma in the 1980s can help us better understand COVID-19 stigma. She examines how blaming a ‘foreign other’ for pandemics is not a new phenomenon, but rather a recurring historic narrative, and how our shared humanity, and the precariousness of distinguishing ‘sick’ from ‘healthy’, can foster solidarity and interconnectedness.
Pola Oloixarac is the author of the novels Savage Theories, Dark Constellations and Mona. Pola is one of Granta’s Best of Young Spanish Novelists 2010, a recipient of the Eccles Centre and Hay Festival Writer’s Award 2019, and finalist in the Best Translated Book Award and National Endowment of Argentina award. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, she now lives in Barcelona.
Carmen Logie, Canada Research Chair in Global Health Equity and Social Justice with Marginalized Populations, is an Associate Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Adjunct Professor at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment, & Health, faculty member at the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity, and Adjunct Scientist at Women’s College Hospital. Her current research focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights in Uganda, Jamaica and Canada with people with HIV, refugee and displaced youth, LGBT communities, and Indigenous youth.
Image: 2013 Twin Cities Pride Parade, Minneapolis; Minnesota AIDS Project / HIV Stigma Stops Here / Twin Cities Pride Parade
This event is organised by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library. The Eccles Centre exists to support and promote creative research and lifelong learning about the Americas, through the world-class collections of the British Library.
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