Dr Jon Prosser involved in major international HIV/AIDS initiative
Dr Jon Prosser, a senior lecturer at the School of Education, recently returned from South Africa where he gave lectures on participatory digital archiving and reuse of data, visual methodology, and research ethics, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal University, Durban. He also undertook fieldwork in township schools and HIV/AIDS clinics under challenging circumstances. The work is part of a joint Canadian, Australian and UK initiative ‘Participatory Cultures, Youth Engagement and Sexuality in the Age of AIDS’ funded by the Canadian Social Science Research Council.
The project draws together young people, researchers and NGO partners engaged in participatory visual and other arts-based projects where issues of addressing issues of invisibility and marginalization can be life-saving. The work is important given that HIV/AIDS poses a major threat to development, poverty alleviation, and life expectancy in Sub-Saharan Africa. Five young people are being infected with HIV every minute, 7,000 every day and 2.6 million every year. Worldwide young people between the ages of 15 and 25 make up more than 40 per cent of all new HIV&AIDS infections, with young women being disproportionately affected. The overarching project aim is to support this group. Young people themselves, teachers and other community workers all have a key role to play in taking action.