While urban life has been overturned by the pandemic, this crisis invites us to think more broadly how the urban is an emergent form that can be redesigned to promote life and human flourishing. The pandemic has reactivated hidden circuits of racialization and social differentiation. The very conditions of living with the virus have posed new questions about the limits of the human, and the possibility of sociability. As an early epicenter, New York City has been forced to question anew its contested globality—both global capital and its dependence on labor and precarity. Over six weeks, the series will pick up these themes related to New York City and its global peers; pandemic urbanisms; race, climate, and housing; and utopian/dystopian imaginaries.
Bettina Judd, Assistant Professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality at the University of Washington
Raymond Givens, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University
Response by Matthew Sandler, Program Director in American Studies at Columbia University
Moderated by Rita Charon, Professor of Medicine at Columbia University
Free and open to the public; registration required. For more information, please visit the event webpage. Part of the Medical Humanities and Pandemic Urbanisms series.