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My academic career began in Australia as a mature age student after working in the non-government welfare sector on employment, housing and planning issues and thinking I wanted to make films. The more study I took—BA, Graduate Diploma in Communications with major in video production, MA (by Research Thesis), PhD—the more engaged I became with the realm of ideas and ability of theory to turn the world I had assumed upside down or at least round about.
At the postgraduate level I currently teach the core course Theory, Concepts and Methods in the MA Social Research and contribute to the MA Gender, Media and Culture. On some occasions I teach an option ‘Data Made Flesh’ which examines contemporary debates occurring in the social sciences/humanities that are linked to developments in the fields of biomedicine, biotechnology and science, for instance: ‘the pharmaceutical body’ of Viagra, ‘the fetus’ of ultrasound scanning, and the new ‘biocitizen’ of identity cards. At the undergraduate level, I contribute to second and third year core courses and teach an undergraduate option ‘Sex, Drugs and Technology’ incorporating the work of Michel Foucault, Judith Butler and Science and Technology Studies.
Science and Technology Studies, Feminist critiques of matter, HIV, Gender, Sexuality, Ethics. At present I am co-supervising postgraduate research on HIV in women and ante-natal testing, HIV affected children, feminist theory and innovation in HIV, the cultural dimensions of new reproductive technologies in Argentina, multisexual citizenship, and the nature and performative function of MRI in diagnoses of the brain.
This year I set up the Unit of Play with the intention of facilitating a space where ‘things,’ including theories, might be put into play. The Unit ‘houses’ a number of projects, many linked to postgraduate research and others directed toward to methodological innovation in the social sciences and humanities on HIV.
I am especially interested in the contributions of Feminist Theory and Science and Technology Studies (STS) to the challenges of dealing with the HIV/AIDS epidemic and other areas of biomedical innovation. To date, my empirical studies have included analyses of the organ transplantation, xenotransplantation, the pharmaceutical promotion of anti-HIV drugs, the performative function of HIV diagnostic measures and clinical trials, the materialization of 'race' through studies of HIV host genetics, and the relational nature of drugs, diagnostics and sexual practice in schemas of HIV prevention. Currently, I am tracing the emergence of new HIV biomedical technology—pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP—in order to rethink the notion of ethics, bioethics and the cost of standardization in randomized clinical trials.
Michael, Mike and Rosengarten, Marsha (accepted for publication) ‘HIV, Globalization and Topology: Of Prepositions and Propositions.' Theory, Culture and Society.
Michael, Mike & Rosengarten, Marsha (forthcoming) Quantitative Objects and Qualitative Things: Ethics and HIV Biomedical Prevention in Objects and Materials. A Routledge Companion (eds) Eleanor Casella, Gillian Evans, Penelope Harvey, Hannah Knox, Chris Mclean, Elizabeth Silva, Nick Thoburn and Kath Woodward. Routledge.
Holt, Martin., Callander, Denton., Murphy, Dean., Ellard, Jeanne., Rosengarten, Marsha., Kippax, Susan and De Wit, John (forthcoming) Willingness to use HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis and the likelihood of decreased condom use are both associated with unprotected anal intercourse and the perceived likelihood of becoming HIV-positive among Australian gay and bisexual men Sexually Transmitted Infections.
Rosengarten, Marsha and Michael, Mike. 2009. The performative function of expectations in translating treatment to prevention: The case of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. Social Science & Medicine, 69(7), pp. 1049-1055. ISSN 0277-9536 [Article]
Mykhalovskiy, Eric and Rosengarten, Marsha. 2009. Commentaries on the nature of social and cultural research: Interviews on HIV/AIDS with Judy Auerbach, Susan Kippax, Steven Epstein, Didier Fassin, Barry Adam and Dennis Altman. Social Theory & Health, 7(3), pp. 284-304. ISSN 1477-8211 [Article]
Mykhalovskiy, Eric and Rosengarten, Marsha. 2009. HIV/AIDS in its third decade: Renewed critique in social and cultural analysis – An introduction. Social Theory & Health, 7(3), ISSN 1477-8211 [Article]
Rosengarten, Marsha and Michael, Mike. 2009. Rethinking the Bioethical Enactment of Medically Drugged Bodies: Paradoxes of Using Anti-HIV Drug Therapy as a Technology for Prevention. Science as Culture, 18(2), pp. 183-199. ISSN 0950-5431 [Article]
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2009. HIV Interventions: Biomedicine and the Traffic between Information and Flesh.Seattle: University of Washington Press. ISBN 978-0295989426 Winner of 2010 Sociology of Health & Illness Book Prize.
Rosengarten, Marsha, Michael, Mike, Mykhalovskiy, Eric and Imrie, J. 2008. The challenges of technological innovation in HIV. The Lancet, 372(9636), pp. 357-358. ISSN 0140-6736 [Article]
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2006. AIDS, Rhetoric, and Medical Knowledge - Alex Preda (book review). British Journal of Sociology, 57(4), pp. 728-730. ISSN 0007-1315 [Article]
Flowers, Paul, Davis, Mark, Hart, Graham, Rosengarten, Marsha and Imrie, John. 2006. Diagnosis and stigma and identity amongst HIV positive Black Africans living in the UK. Psychology and Health, 21(1), pp. 109-122. ISSN 0887-0446 [Article]
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2005. The Measure of HIV as a Matter of Bioethics. In: M Shildrick and R Mykitiuk, eds.Ethics of the body: postconventional challenges. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, pp. 71-90. ISBN 0-262-69320-8 [Book Section]
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2004. The Challenge of HIV for Feminist Theory. Feminist Theory, 5(2), pp. 205-222. ISSN 14647001 [Article]
Rosengarten, Marsha, Hart, G., Flowers, P. and Imrie, J.. 2004. After the Euphoria: HIV medical technologies from the perspective of their prescribers. Sociology of Health and Illness, 26(5), pp. 575-596. ISSN 01419889 [Article]
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2004. Consumer activism in the pharmacology of HIV. Body & Society, 10(1), pp. 91-107. ISSN 1357034X [Article]
Waldby, C., Rosengarten, Marsha, Treloar, C. and Fraser, S.. 2004. Blood and bioidentity: ideas about self, boundaries and risk among blood donors and people living with Hepatitis C. Social Science & Medicine, 59(7), pp. 1461-1471. ISSN 02779536 [Article]
Rosengarten, Marsha and Keane, H.. 2002. On the biology of sexed subjects. Australian Feminist Studies, 17(39), pp. 261-277. ISSN 08164649 [Article]
Rosengarten, Marsha, Flowers, P, Frankis, J, Davis, M, Hart, GH and Imrie, John. 2002. 'The transmission of HIV resistance: drugs, virus, gay men and prevention education'. In: XIV International AIDS Conference. Barcelona, Spain7 - 12 July 2002. [Conference or Workshop Item]
Frankis, JS, Flowers, P, Rosengarten, Marsha, Davis, M, Hart, GH and Imrie, John. 2002. 'Deconstructing 'efficacy' within studies of anti-HIV treatments: a systematic and critical review of the literature'. In: XIV International AIDS Conference. Barcelona, Spain7 - 12 July 2002. [Conference or Workshop Item]
Rosengarten, Marsha, Davis, M, Imrie, J., Hart, GH, Frankis, J and Flowers, P. 2002. 'Media involvement in the choice of HIV anti-retroviral therapy five years on from Vancouver: A case study of Trizivir in the UK'. In: XIV International AIDS Conference. Barcelona, Spain7 - 12 July 2002. [Conference or Workshop Item]
Flowers, P, Frankis, J, Rosengarten, Marsha, Davis, M, Hart, GH and Imrie, John. 2002. 'The scientific construction of the HIV positive person within studies of anti-viral efficacy: a systematic and critical review'. In:XIV International AIDS Conference. Barcelona, Spain7 - 12 July 2002. [Conference or Workshop Item]
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2001. A Pig's Tale: Porcine Viruses and Species Boundaries'. In: Alison Bashford and Claire Hooker, eds. Contagion: Historical and cultural studies. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 168-182. ISBN 978-0-415-24671-2 [Book Section]
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2001. Transmigrating Organs: Identity and Medical Technology. In: J Docker and G Fischer, eds. Adventures of Identity: Constructing Multicultural Identities. 15 Tuebingen: Stauffenburg, pp. 61-72. ISBN 3-86057-043-9 [Book Section]
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2000. 'Prophylactic Slippage'. In: HIV/AIDS & Related Diseases Social Research Conference. Sydney, Australia13-14 May 2000. [Conference or Workshop Item]
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2000. Thinking menstrual blood. Australian Feminist Studies, 15(31), pp. 91-101. ISSN 0816-4649 [Article]
Rosengarten, Marsha, Race, K and Kippax, S. 2000. "Touch Wood, Everything Will Be Ok": Gay Men’s Understandings of Clinical Markers in Sexual Practice. Project Report. National Centre in HIV Social Research, Sydney.
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