Lecture by Jasbir Paur

Disabled Diaspora, Rehabilitating State: The Queer Politics of Reproduction in Israel/Palestine

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 6:00pm
Location: Pendleton East 239 Amphitheater Classroom

In this talk, Professor Jasbir K. Puar situates the intersections of sex, disability, and reproductive politics within the history of homonationalism in Israel/Palestine.  Puar focuses o the use of disability as a part of biopolitical assemblage of control that instrumentalizes a spectrum of capacities and debilities for the use of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.  Puar rearticulates sexual rights and debates on “pinkwashing” within biopolitical frames by linking them to the slow rise of disability rights platforms in Israel, the convergence of eugenic selective abortion practices on the one hand and the pro-natalist attitudes of the state, supported by its stellar Assisted Reproductive Technology industry, on the other, and the growing population of LGBT parents and families in Israel.

Jasbir K. Puar is Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at Rutgers University.  She is the author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (Duke University Press 2007), winner of the 2007 Cultural Studies Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies.

Generous support provided by the committee on lectures and partnerships for diversity and inclusion community grants program.

Co-sponsored by Women’s and Gender studies department, History Department, Peace and Justice Studies Program and The American Studies Program.