Professor Jennifer Kilty received a prestigious Fulbright award and will be going to the Kennesaw State University in Georgia to conduct the American part of her comparative research on the criminalization of HIV nondisclosure. Here is a glimpse of her project:
When HIV is a Crime: Law, Ethics and Emotions in a Comparative Context
The criminalization of HIV nondisclosure is still a new area of inquiry and there is virtually no research that explores how frontline AIDS Service Organization (ASO) workers interpret and translate medical and legal information to service users; moreover, there are no international comparisons between Canada and the US, despite the countries’ mutually aggressive prosecution records. The proposed research adds an important American comparative component to build on a nationally funded project already underway in Canada that will benefit how scholars from both nations understand the ‘on the ground’ mechanics of bioethical decision-making related to HIV (non)disclosure. Designing an international research project will foster mutual understanding between the two nations and how their public health and penal cultures attempt to govern health through punitive social control practices that aim to deter nondisclosure. By conceptualizing the ‘punitive turn’ in criminal law as structured by emotions and feeling rules, I aim to offer an original reading of how criminalizing nondisclosure is transforming the bioethical field of frontline HIV advocacy as well as the emotion work performed by ASO staff.