Afro-American and African Diaspora Studies | SPECIAL TOPICS AFR-AMER
A590 | 25178 | Bailey, M


After twenty five years of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, its impact on
populations throughout the world has been devastating.  While
biomedicine, epidemiology, and public health shape the dominant
understanding of the disease, cultural studies analyses have been by
and large nonexistent.  Thus, this course analyzes, and treats with
skepticism, what is known about HIV/AIDS and its emergence through a
cultural and political lens.  Taking the relationship between
discourse and disease seriously, we will deploy a discursive
analysis of the epidemic and its impact on certain populations in
the U.S.  An examination of the intersections of race, gender,
sexuality, and class, and the epidemic will be of primary focus.
For instance, we will explore some differences between how the virus
is represented, and what is happening “on the ground”
among/between “targeted populations,” and prevention and treatment
communities.  By engaging feminist and queer theories, and queer of
color critiques, we will query how discourses of HIV/AIDS have cast
certain bodies that are already racialized, gendered, and
sexualized, simultaneously, as vectors of disease.  Ultimately, our
aim is to understand how discourses of disease perform the
ideological underpinnings of social and sexual containment and
control.