The CSSR had a strong presence at the conference on HIV in the Humanities and Social Sciences, held in Durban in mid-June. ASRU researchers organised two symposia together with colleagues from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Rebecca Hodes and Annabelle Wienand (both ASRU) presented papers at a symposium on ‘Health horror stories and ‘positive’ portrayals: new research on HIV, TB and the body in the South African media’. Rebecca presented a second paper, and Beth Mills (ASRU/Sussex) also presented, at a symposium on ‘New directions in research on gender and HIV/AIDS in southern Africa’. In another session, Nicoli Nattrass (ASRU) and Clara Rubincam (ASRU/LSE) presented new research on AIDS conspiracy beliefs, using quantitative and qualitative data respectively. A fourth session on ‘The Governing of HIV/AIDS’ included presentations by Gemma Oberth and Alexandra Searle (both from DARU), with Nicoli Nattrass as discussant. Catherine Jury (ASRU) presented a poster on HIV and household dynamics. The conference programme is available for download at http://www.iaohss.org/images/stories/programme.pdf.