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Thursday, 24 August 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Level 4, Room 443
UQ Location:
Michie Building (St Lucia)
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Amelia Radke
(07) 3365 3236
Org. Unit:
Social Science

Event Description

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Dr Jenny Munro, School of Social Science, University of Queensland

Title: “Saving our People”: Indigenous Humanitarianism and HIV in West Papua

This paper explores what sounds and looks like humanitarianism in a local Indigenous context in West Papua, where Indigenous health workers conceptualise HIV treatment as a way to save the Indigenous population from extinction. In West Papua, an estimated 3 to 5 per cent of the Indigenous population is HIV positive, and interventions have been slow, late, and largely driven by international agencies with minimal attention to cultural and linguistic diversity or the political context of Indigenous resistance to a violent state. Indigenous HIV workers operating outside the government health care system conceptualise and deliver HIV prevention and treatment tailored to local considerations. Critiques of humanitarianism emphasise that interventions have the power to exclude and include deserving targets, and determine what people need to survive, enacting a politics of (bare) life. This paper will examine the nuances of Indigenous HIV work in relation to a local politics of life.

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