Gender Studies 241RA - Women and Gender in Science: 'Rethinking Aids'

Rethinking AIDS

Christian Gundermann

MW 11:30AM-12:45PM

Mount Holyoke College
Many aspects of COVID-19 have their roots in the 1980s AIDS epidemic -- politically, scientifically, culturally. A careful reexamination of the mainstream narrative of the HIV/AIDS phenomenon and the history from which it emerged is therefore urgent. The course will focus on the unprecedented scientific narratives around HIV and AIDS, as well as their continuation into present-day Africa, on the backdrop of advances in immunology, virology, and genetics. It will also scrutinize the burgeoning political and neoliberal economic constellations later known as pharmocracy, which appropriated and weaponized novel radical forms of activism that had emerged from within gay minority culture.

Prereq: 4 credits in Gender Studies, CRPE, Anthropology, Sociology, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology, FMT, History.

Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.