Gender Jawn S2 E5: The Border of AIDS with Karma Chávez

The book tracks how the early years of the AIDS pandemic in the United States saw the development of rhetorical strategies built on alienizing logics that redefined understandings of citizenry, migration, belonging, and quarantine. In this conversation, Chávez also questions the rehabilitation of Anthony Fauci’s image, discusses the methodological challenges of recovering archival materials of detained migrants, and considers the coalitional potential to organize against alienization.

Check out The Borders of AIDS from the University of Washington PressAustin’s BookWoman, or your local book store.

This episode was produced by Tamir Williams.
Original music by David Chavannes:

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