Special Event

Positive in prison: HIV stories from a Dublin jail

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The 1980s HIV/AIDS crisis may be recent history, but the experiences of those who lived through it are rapidly disappearing from the public mind. This event reintroduces one specific collection of experiences, from the HIV/AIDS separation unit in Dublin’s largest prison. Captured through oral histories, these stories are being transformed into an audio drama: come and hear the drama, and discuss this history and the process of retelling it with the creative team.

Our panel will be led by Edward Hart of 360 Production Edward will be joined by:

Tony Duffin, CEO of the Ana Liffey Drug Project Established in 1982, Ana Liffey now works with over 2,000 people a year, and was at the forefront of responses to HIV/AIDS in Dublin. 

Éamonn O’Moore, national lead on health and justice for Public Health England, and director of the UK collaborating centre, WHO Health in Prisons Programme (Europe). Dr O'Moore worked with patients from Mountjoy Prison in the 1980s/1990s.

Catherine Cox, Assistant Professor in the School of History, University College Dublin. Dr Cox was a founding member of the Centre for the History of Medicine of Ireland, and specialises in histories of mental disorder, medical practice, migration, and healthcare in prisons. 

Janet Weston, Research Fellow, LSHTM; researcher on HIV/AIDS in Prisons 1980s-2000, as part of the Wellcome Trust-funded project 'Prisoners, Medical Care, and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000' 

This event forms part of the 'Being Human' Festival - led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human is a national forum for public engagement with humanities research. The festival highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.

In 2016 Being Human featured over 250 events in 45 towns and cities across the UK, engaging the public with big questions, big debates and innovative activities focused around the theme of ‘hope and fear’.

Now in its fourth year, the 2017 festival will take place 17-25 November, click here to see the 2017 programme of events!


Free and open to all. Registration is required.