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Summer 2021 Women's Studies GU4317 section 001
Bodily Disruptions

Call Number 12289
Day & Time
TR 4:00pm-7:00pm
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Elizabeth Bernstein
Method of Instruction On-Line Only
Course Description In this course, our point of departure will be the precariousness of embodied existence, in which precarity is understood as both an existential condition and as the socially uneven culmination of neoliberal political and economic trends.  We will draw upon a variety of interdisciplinary literatures—including feminist, critical race, and queer studies; science and technology studies; disability studies; and medical sociology and anthropology—to consider some of the ways in which our bodies have served as both the repository and substratum of recent social transformations. Within the context of current pandemic crises relating to both public health and to myriad forms of social inequality, we will also consider appeals to the beneficence of science, technology, medicine, and the rational governance of dis-ease. What can critical histories of plagues, epidemics, and quarantines teach us about emergent forms of biopolitics? We will conclude by considering the interventions of contemporary disability and social justice activists, and the alternative possibilities that they have posited for self-care and mutual aid.
Web Site Vergil
Subterm 05/03-06/14 (A)
Department Summer Session (SUMM)
Enrollment 8 students (15 max) as of 9:07PM Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Subject Women's Studies
Number GU4317
Section 001
Division Summer Session
Campus Morningside
Section key 20212WMST4317W001

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