By the time we convene for this course, our reality might have an entirely new and unrecognizable shape, or it might be so familiar to us, that it will be hard to imagine it was ever otherwise. In the very least, we will have been asked to recalibrate many aspects of our current lives, from relationships to jobs, from self-awareness to trust.
In this course, we will examine the language that shapes our experience of the current moment. What does it mean to have a shared reality when sharing itself has been disabled? What does it mean to find comfort in projections, when the future itself seems unimaginable? How unprecedented is our situation and how and why do we find comfort in that idea?
Together we will read and analyze the political and cultural rhetoric surrounding the pandemic. Will the next few months give us enough hindsight and humility to look at the current moment with both intelligence and empathy?