Carceral Public Health: HIV Surveillance, Treatment and Criminalization

Via Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity (CGSHE) and part of the CGSHE Speaker Series

Date: March 17, 2022
Time: 12- 1 PM Pacific time


About the Talk

In this talk, Dr. Alexander McClelland examines the rise of molecular HIV surveillance in British Columbia, which takes the biomaterial of people living with HIV collected for clinical uses and repurposes it without informed consent for public health surveillance. This practice takes place in the ongoing context where Canada is a leading country for the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, transmission, and exposure. Dr. McClelland will address HIV-related criminal legal reforms alongside the potential for increased use of forms of coercive public health practices and surveillance, all enabling a new carceral public health.


About the Speaker

Dr. Alexander McClelland is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Carleton University. From 2019-2020, he was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa in the Department of Criminology. His work focuses on the intersections of life, law, and disease, where he has developed a range of collaborative and interdisciplinary projects to address issues of criminalization, sexual autonomy, surveillance, drug liberation, and the construction of knowledge on HIV. He is @alexmcclelland on Twitter.


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