Thursday, 14 July 2011 11:29

Imagined Futures VI – “Checks and Balances” 21-22 September 2011

Written by  Administrator

The Health and Wellness Centre, University of Botswana, in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of AIDS (CSA), University of Pretoria, will be hosting the sixth Imagined Futures Conference on 21 and 22 September 2011, at the University of Botswana. This year’s theme is “Checks and Balances”. One definition of “checks and balances” says it they are about “mechanisms for balancing power”.

 

One way of doing this in university HIV and AIDS programmes is through the lens of accountability. If there is accountability to ourselves, to each other, within our institutions and between our institutions and their various stakeholders, power can be balanced. This year’s conference will aim to see what checks and balances we employ to ensure these different levels of accountability within university HIV and AIDS programmes, to ultimately prevent the abuse of power.

 

Themes to be addressed at the conference will include:

  • Institutional accountability – what are we accountable for?
  • Service provider accountability – are we offering the best HIV and AIDS-related services to our students?
  • Student accountability – what solutions or strategies can our students offer us from their perspective?
  • Collective accountability - are we all working towards the same goals?
  • Are there abuses of power and how can these be managed and contained?

 

This year’s conference programme will also:

  • give students from the seven Future Leaders @ Work universities to showcase and benchmark their student programmes
  • include a skills building session on messaging and packaging information for students
  • endeavour to bring forth a declaration of commitment on key sexual and reproductive health challenges at universities in Southern Africa.


Who should attend?

Student leaders, peer educators, student volunteers, HIV and AIDS programme managers, researchers and academics. It is suggested that both academics/practitioners and students attend the conference. Past “Imagined Futures” conferences have proved to be ideal for inter- and intra-university networking.

Conference outcomes

The conference seeks to create a platform for students, academics and practitioners/programme managers to interact with each other in order to facilitate horizontal learning.

 

Programme

A detailed conference programme will be circulated prior to the conference.

 

Dates:

21 – 22 September 2011

 

Abstracts

Abstracts can be submitted under the following themes:

  • Institutional accountability – what are we accountable for?
  • Service provider accountability – are we offering the best HIV and AIDS-related services to our students?
  • Student accountability – what solutions or strategies can our students offer us from their perspective?
  • Collective accountability - are we all working towards the same goals?

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and should reach the organisers before or on 25 August 2011. Abstracts must be submitted in MS-Word and must be emailed to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Logistics

The language of the conference will be English.

Fees

  • Students: US$ 200 (Before or on 31 August) US$ 225 (After 31 August)
  • Academics/researchers/practitioners: ZAR 250 (Before or on 31 August) US$275 (After 31 August)

 

Please note:

  • limited space available
  • no scholarship programmes available
  • does not include accommodation or transport costs
  • includes lunch on both conference days and dinner on the first day

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