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<BIAKOLO@mopipi.ub.bw> A NEW DEADLINE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS FOR THE FOLLOWING CONFERENCE HAS BEEN SET BY THE ORGANIZERS: 15 JANURAY 2002. THEME: LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND THE DISCOURSE OF HIV/AIDS IN AFRICA 24-28 JUNE 2002 Introduction. Figures emerging from UNAIDS and other surveillance systems show that Africa is a leading victim of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Various studies have been conducted of a medical, epidemiological, and sociological type on the pandemic in the recent past. However, more and more studies are emerging on the cultural factors in the spread and management of HIV/AIDS. But from the specific perspective of linguistic and literary disciplines or the Humanities in general little has been done to address the discourse of the pandemic. The aim of this conference therefore is to focus on the discourse of HIV/AIDS with particular reference to language and literature. Nonetheless a variety of trans-disciplinary perspectives is inevitable and desirable. Abstracts are invited based on the following sub-themes, but prospective participants need not restrict themselves to what is suggested here. Sub-themes: A: DISCURSIVE FORMS: -Narratives of and about HIV/AIDS -Drama and Theatre and HIV/AIDS -Poetry of Pain: Poetry and HIV/AIDS in Africa -Mass Media Communications of and about HIV/AIDS -Film Studies and HIV/AIDS -Art and HIV/AIDS B: CULTURAL DISCOURSES: -Cultural factors in the spread of HIV -Cultural factors in the treatment and management of AIDS. -Modern Popular culture and HIV/AIDS -The Curse of silence : Not speaking about HIV/AIDS -Ethics and the Discourse of HIV/AIDS C. POWER DISCOURSES -Of youth and HIV/AIDS -Gender, and HIV/AIDS -Gender-based violence and the spread of HIV/AIDS -Race and HIV/AIDS D. OTHER DISCOURSES -Medical and Health Perspectives -Sociological Perspectives -Psychological perspectives -Philosophical Perspectives -Religious Perspectives -The Political Economy of HIV/AIDS E. THEORETICAL AND PEDAGOGICAL PERSPECTIVES -Commitment and the HIV/AIDS crisis -The Humanities and HIV/AIDS -The languages of social engagement -Teaching of HIV/AIDS prevention and management -Teaching HIV/AIDS prevention and management through the regular curriculum Abstracts Abstracts of between 400-500 words are to be submitted on any relevant themes, including those not listed above. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 JANURAY 2002. Prospective participants whose abstracts are accepted will be notified as from January 25 2002. Panels and Workshops -We invite participants who wish to organize special panels on any theme, including those not listed above, to duly inform the organizers. - Those who wish to mount exhibitions or workshops or film sessions are urged to plan with the organizers and particularly to specify their equipment requirements early. Conference Venue: The venue will be the main campus of the University of Botswana, Gaborone. Registration and Fees. Conference registration fees are as follows: (a) Participants from Africa (P175.00) (b) Participants from other parts of the world (P 350.00) (c) Students from Africa (free) See exchange rate below. All fees will be collected at the registration point. Publication of Proceedings The proceedings of the conference, or a selection of papers therefrom, will be published. Web Site: Conference information can be obtained in the coming weeks and months at: http://ub.bw/home.html Click on Humanities; click on English; click on Conference 2002 Alternative website: http://bwenglish.tripod.com Accommodation Accommodation details in Gaborone are as follows: Hotels: Gaborone Sun Hotel: Room is P419.00 + 10% tax Tel. (267) 351111; (267) 302555 Gaborone Travel Inn: Room P245.20 Tel. (267) 322777; Fax. (267) 322727 President Hotel: Room (double) P405.00; Room (single) P345.00): Tel. (267) 353631; Fax. (267) 351840 Cresta Lodge: Room (single) P435.50; P580.00 (double) Tel. (267) 375375 ; fax. (267) 300635 Oasis Motel: Room P250.00: Tel. (267) 328396; Fax. (267) 328568 Mphatlhalatsane/Morning Star Motel: Room P77.00 and P99.00 (single) P88.00 and P110.00 (double) (rates differ according to size of room) Tel (267) 325 258 Guest Houses Tindi Lodge: Room (double) P150.00; Room (single) P80.00: Tel. (267) 353648 Brackendene Lodge: Room P146.20 (single); P186.85 (double) Tel. (267) 312886 ; Fax. (267) 306246 Lolwapa Lodge: Room (single): P99.00; Double: P165.00: Tel: 584865 University Accommodation Ordinary University Room: P30.00 Graduate Hostels Room: P80.00 Reservations to be made through Dr. E. Biakolo and Dr. J.T. Mathangwane NB. Exchange rate: $1.00 = P7.00 (One USD is approximately equivalent to Seven Botswana Pula as at 10/10/01) All Communications to : Emevwo Biakolo Joyce Mathangwane Tel (267) 355-2093 Tel. (267) 355-2659 (267)326115 Tel. (267) 311333 Fax. (267) 585098 Fax. (267) 585098 email. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org .