Where Do We Go From Here? AIDS Organizing, Services, Bureaucracy & the State

A one-day dialogue held on October 17 2014 to address the political context within which our collective community-based work on HIV and Hep C takes place. 

As we are now more than 30 years into the HIV epidemic, new questions, consequences and outcomes have been developing in relation to the changing trajectory of AIDS Service Organizations. With the move towards service integration, streamlined funding, and the so-called ‘end of HIV exceptionalism’ there is a renewed interest in the consequences of the HIV social service sector as a whole and how it is shaped and organized in relation to state priorities and increased public health surveillance. With these new developments our event took stock of the role of HIV and Hep C service organizations and asked a number of questions related to changing trajectory of services and community-based responses in the context of austerity, surveillance, and funding integration.

Keynote Speakers

Gary Kinsman, Co-research on the AIDS Activist History Project

Anne Marie DiCenso, Executive Director of PASAN


  • Zoë Dodd, Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance
  • Laurie Edmiston, Executive Director, CATIE
  • Martin French, Associate Professor, Sociology & Anthropology, Concordia University
  • Nicole Greenspan, Doctoral candidate, Health Services Research, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • John Maxwell, Executive Director, AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)
  • Alex McClelland, Humanities Doctoral student, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society & Culture, Concordia University
  • Marvelous Muchenje, Community Health Coordinator, Women's Health in Women's Hands, Community Health Centre
  • Michael Orsini, Chair, Institute of Feminist & Gender Studies, Associate Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa
  • Maureen Owino, Director, Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT)
  • Terra Tynes, Hep C Community Support Worker, Toronto Community Hep C Program


Nora Butler Burke, Concordia University
Colin Hastings, York University
Liam Michaud, Concordia University


Supported by the CIHR Social Research Centre on HIV Prevention

Notes by Ted Kerr