News & events


Is HIV fraying the edges of gender and sexuality? Some ideas towards new ways of thinking

16 August 2012
09:45 - 12:00

Date : 16 August 2012

Time : 09:45 – 12:00

What issues does B(order)s explore and unpack? It examines the fluidities of sex, sexuality, sexual orientation, gender, gender norms, gender presentation and gender identity, revealed through the many HIV epidemics. HIV has exposed the limitations of medical, social and political efforts to control and contain human behaviour, especially sexual behaviour, and impose a gender order. Confining a gendered human sexuality within the borders of moral, legal, ethical and cultural norms has proved to be a complex, some would say impossible, task. This has been characterised by both transgression and compliance, reflecting the constantly dissolving meeting point between individual agency, social forces and biological imperatives.  B(order)s examines these dissolving and emerging moments and asks critical questions of social theorists, human rights specialists, activists, policy makers, public health specialists and those who attempt to patrol, police and problematise gender and sexuality.


Mary Crewe, Centre for the Study of AIDS, University of Pretoria

Prof Vasu Reddy, HSRC

Prof Relebohile Moletsane, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Prof Frans Viljoen, University of Pretoria

Dr Zethu Matebeni, University of Cape Town

This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Details as below.

Kindly RSVP by 14 August 2012

Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or

Durban :  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or

Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:

Centre for the Study of AIDS: Shirley Damons at