Ritualen der Stigmatisierung
Cover of the book De humani corporis fabrica  by Andreas Vesalius published in 1543 (source: wikipedia.org)
Cover of the book "De humani corporis fabrica" by Andreas Vesalius published in 1543 (source: wikipedia.org)
Burning of three witches in Baden (1585), painted by Johann Jakob Wick (source: wikipedia.org)
Burning of three witches in Baden (1585), painted by Johann Jakob Wick (source: wikipedia.org)
French female collaborator punished by having her head shaved to publicly mark her, 1944 (source: rarehistoricalphotos.com/)
French female collaborator punished by having her head shaved to publicly mark her, 1944 (source: rarehistoricalphotos.com/)
I'm a Teddy Boy (source: wikipedia.org)
"I'm a Teddy Boy" (source: wikipedia.org)

During the national elections in 2012 the services for public health of the Greek Health Ministry with the aid of the greek police started controls in the streets of Athens against suspected HIV-positive patients. In a few days many women in the streets of Athens forcibly tested were charged with a felony for prostitution and deliberately spreading the HIV-virus to their clients. All their personal data along with their mugshots were published in the printed and electronic media. They were imprisoned, publicly humiliated and stigmatised.

Following the steps of the rituals during the persecutions in the early modern times in central Europe I explore the remaining of them in Greece during the economic crisis. The case of the twelve HIV-positiv women became a political and media manipulated spectacle that brought the country centuries back in the dark ages before the axiom of habeas corpus, in the times of witch hunt and of the public stigmatization for the shake of the power and the pleasure of the people.

You can check the very interesting documentary “Ruins – Chronicle of an HIV witch-hunt” here and you can read the paper in german here.

 



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