Contagion: Affect, Law & Bioinsecurities

New School for Social Research: Anthropology

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)


Fall 2018

Taught By: Ann Stoler

Section: A

CRN: 7794

Credits: 3

This seminar will explore the legislation of fear and the power conferred on the concept of race to instill the affective and biological threat of contamination and contagion. We will be concerned with how affect legislates racial distinctions, and the taste and distaste that goes into deciding how those differences are drawn. We know that the law is racially coded from jury selection to sentencing. The distribution of affect --who is supposed to feel or not feel what, towards whom, and when—is as well. In describing this affective grammar as the “taste of race” and the “distaste of the other” we intend to put disgust, aversion and fear at the center of analysis despite the fact that they are hardly acknowledged as decisive aspects of the law. What work does “distaste” do in the everyday legislating of racial difference? Is distaste the obverse of taste or part of another conceptual matrix all together?

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Anthropology (GANT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:36am 1/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 906

Date Range: 8/30/2018 - 12/13/2018