Pandemic Protocols

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Pandemic Protocols

Fall 2021

Taught By: Robert Sember

Section: AX

CRN: 11188

Credits: 4

"This course explores how institutional (e.g. public health), communal (mutual exchange), and activist (street action) protocols constrain, re-shaped, illuminated, and deepened the embodied social practices of everyday life. Using primarily collaborative, performance-based methods, we will explore the biopolitical signatures of everyday life over the past year and in earlier health and political crises such as the first decades of the AIDS crisis and the Civil Rights and Occupy Wall Street actions. Our performative practices of inquiry include storytelling, (re)enactment, and the repetition, revision, and composition of protocols and other creative and social “scores.” The community partners for the course are the sound-art collective, Ultra-red, formed in Los Angeles by members of the AIDS social movement, ACT UP, and the pedagogue and visual artist Adelita Husni-Bey whose interests include anarco-collectivism, theater, law, and urban studies. While many of the protocols/scores we investigate will be drawn from the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 racial justice uprising, we will also research state-authored quarantine and community-initiated mutual aid and local governance actions developed during other pandemics and periods of collective, street-based organizing. Both are combined, for example, in the history of the AIDS crisis. State efforts to further criminalize sexuality and drug use were subverted or circumvented by both the invention by affected communities of life-saving harm reduction practices such as safer sex and needle exchange, and a multilayered activist agenda that included direct action, media action, and symbolic action that employed art and design to reveal and critique the patriarchal, racists, and classist structures driving the epidemic."

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 7:23pm 10/25/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 713

Date Range: 9/3/2021 - 12/17/2021