Sold Out: No More Silence: A Programming Workshop for Digital Community Histories of AIDS/HIV

There are mountains of data about the scientific aspects of AIDS/HIV, and its perceived relationship to gender or sexuality. What is easily lost in this endless data, however, is the lived experience of being a person with AIDS, and the nuanced and vibrant cultural history of the incredible community response to the epidemic. Digital Humanities and Community History work is one way to bring this experience back to the fore.

This workshop, co-presented by GLBT Historical Society and the UCSF Archives & Special Collections, will be an introduction to computer programming as a way to do digital community history. We will start as absolute beginners, with no previous experience in digital history work required, to explore the historical documents in the UCSF Archives’ AIDS History Project and some GLBT Historical Society Archives collections.

The workshop will introduce participants to basic computer programming (again, no previous experience required whatsoever), and will move on to cover examining, researching, and “distant-reading” of this large archive using these new computer programming skills. The archives we'll examine together include papers from individuals, activist and community-support organizations, medical institutions, government bodies, and more. What kinds of new stories can be told when we are able to look and ask questions across all this documentation at once? 

The workshop will run from August 12-14, from 9:30am - 12:30pm each day. 


Panel Discussion:

On August 11th at 5pm, join the GLBT Historical Society and the UCSF Archives & Special Collections, for a panel discussion on the ways that archives and digital-humanities initiatives can support community-history efforts related to gender and sexual orientation, illuminating digital tools and techniques that can further uncover hidden narratives in these histories.
Register for the panel discussion at the GLBT Historical Society event page.

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Friday, August 14 at 9:30am to 12:30pm

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Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff, Local Community, Alumni, Patients






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