This issue of Radical History Review traces histories from around the globe and examines how HIV/AIDS has been shaped by the political economies of neoliberalism and state violence.
Teaching Radical History Robert Franco illustrates how to teach a global history of AIDS.
Features Laura Frances Goffman examines the temporality of AIDS in Kuwait. Joseph Hower analyzes how the public sector union AFSCME moved from anti-discrimination to carceral unionism in responding to AIDS. Salonee Bhaman illustrates the contradictions of housing advocacy for people with HIV/AIDS in 1980s New York City. René Esparza shows how Latinx radicals across the Puerto Rican diaspora forged queer and feminist decolonial AIDS activism.
Interventions Jih-Fei Cheng considers the legacies of medical apartheid in the global blood biotechnology of HIV in China and the United States. Sayan Bhattacharya renarrates transfemininity and public sex through HIV prevention in Bengal State. Devon Betts critiques how #TruvadaWhore discourse fails to address myths of Black hypersexuality.
HIV and the Carceral State Jan Huebenthal shows how the trial of Linwood Boyette mobilized German fears of AIDS as a racialized threat from the United States. Jessica Ordaz bears witness to the complicity of the US immigration regime in the death of migrants with HIV/AIDS. Laura McTighe records the confluence of AIDS and prison abolition through activism in Philadelphia.
AIDS, Archives, and Memory Tamar Carroll considers the place of the AIDS past in the creation of local queer history in Rochester, New York. Tamar de Szegheo Lang analyzes how artists draw on the archive of AIDS activist video to make ongoing meaning of the pandemic. Monica B. Pearl situates her accounting of ACT UP in a multivocal narrative of activism.
Cover Caption: Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City, 1990. Courtesy César Carrasco.