The Experience of Time During a Pandemic
The pandemic had a major impact on how millions of Americans experienced time. Teleworking freed up time once locked in commutes and changed how many of us thought about working hours. And long periods of imposed unemployment supplied time to meaningfully rethink careers and objectives. The result was a new conception of the relationship between economic (objective) time and personal (inner) time. This class explores through reading and writing what we might have gained during a pandemic, which, hopefully, we are finally exiting.
Charles Tonderai Mudede is a Zimbabwean-born writer, filmmaker, and cultural critic. He writes about film, books, music, crime, art, economics, and urban theory for The Stranger. Mudede has made three films, two of which, Police Beat and Zoo, premiered at Sundance, and one, Zoo, was screened at Cannes. Mudede has written for the New York Times, Arcade Journal, Cinema Scope, Ars Electronica, the Village Voice, Radical Urban Theory, and C Theory. Mudede is also on the editorial board for the Black Scholar, which is based at the University of Washington, and between 1999 and 2005, lectured on post-colonial theory at Pacific Lutheran University, and in 2003 published a short book, Last Seen, with Diana George. Mudede has lived in Seattle since 1989.