WGS 432 - Advanced Topics in Gender and Health
Fall 2021, Section 004 - AIDS: The Other Pandemic
Instruction Mode: Section 004 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Women's and Gender Studies (WGS)
Department: LSA Women's and Gender Studies
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Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
WGS/NURS 220 (WOMENSTD 220/NURS 220).
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

Description

Before there was Covid-19, there was AIDS. In fact, even though life-prolonging therapies have been available since 1996, approximately 700,000 people worldwide died of HIV-related illnesses in 2019, and 1.7 million became infected that year. In this course, we will focus primarily on the first 15 years of the known epidemic in Europe, Africa, and Latin America, where the pandemic saw a surge of public discourses and counter-discourses that shaped how the crisis ultimately unfolded. Drawing from very diverse sources, we will analyze how scientific, political, and popular representations of AIDS often recycled existing racist, homophobic, misogynistic, and ableist tropes in order to exclude people most affected by the virus and reinforce the very forms of social exclusions that made them especially vulnerable in the first place. We will also look at resistant representations in literature and the visual arts and at the radically new forms of community-based activism that emerged at the time. Finally, we will reflect on how the AIDS crisis is being remembered (or not) today and what it can tell us about the pandemic we are now living through. Beyond the specifics of HIV/AIDS, our conversations will give us opportunities to reflect on the intersection of health and politics, the experience of social vulnerability, the power of grassroots activism, and the contested production of minority histories.

Schedule

WGS 432 - Advanced Topics in Gender and Health
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
31489
Open
5
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
29332
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (LEC)
 In Person
24069
Closed
0
 
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Th 6:00PM - 8:00PM
004 (SEM)
 In Person
29199
Open
5
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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