Conference: Biographies in Times of Crisis. Exploring Religious Narratives of Aids

International Conference, Groningen, The Netherlands

This conference explores the ways in which religion and AIDS have been shaping people’s life-courses and life-histories. Personal, social and institutional biographies have been deeply influenced in many African societies by the ways in which religion has engaged with the disease, influencing their life-trajectories. As religion has played an important role in the shaping of the personal and institutional biographies in the context of  HIV/AIDS, particular forms and styles of ‘narrative disciplining’ can be seen to have taken place. People have ‘learned’ how to phrase the story of their (AIDS-affected) lives or how to formulate their behavioural choices and options that a range of religious institutions are promoting in an attempt to curb the epidemic. In keynote-addresses and paper presentations the conference explores questions such as how are (religious) institutions and practices influencing or changing religio-biographies of the HIV- infected and affected ? And how is the suffering and the ruptures that HIV/AIDS entail expressed in individual and collective biographie.

Initiated by:
- the International Research Network Religion & Aids in Africa (IRNARA)
- the Religion, Identity and Memory Research Group, Faculty of Religious Studies, University of Groningen
- African Studies Centre Leiden
- Educaids

For more information and registration, read the programme. Registrations before December 7.

Conference fees:
1 day: € 20, full conference (2,5 days): € 40.

You can contact Ms Kim Knibbe at or +31 50 363 4585.

This conference is being organized back-to-back with the seminar 'HIV/Aids from an Islamic perspective' (Leiden, 11 December 2012), a seminar initiated by the Knowledge Centre Religion & Development.


Conference speakers

Public lecture: Gideon Byamugisha
Keynote speakers: Philippe Denis, Musa Dube, Arthur Frank, Vinh-Kim Nguyen
Conference chair
Dr Rijk van Dijk, African Studies Centre

Date, time and location

12 December 2012 to 15 December 2012
Court room, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Oude Boteringstraat 38, Groningen, and Academy Building, Broerstraat 5, Groningen

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