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Queen's University

2013 Robert Sutherland Visitor

Dr. Jasbir Puar, Edward Said Chair of American Studies, American University of Beirut, Lebanon and Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, USA, is the 2103 Robert Sutherland Visitor. She is the author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times.

Dr. Puar is coming to Queen's January 16-18, 2013 to speak with several groups of students and give a public lecture that is open to the Queen's community:

Homonationalism, Sex, and Disability:  Pinkwashing and Biopolitics in the Middle East

Thursday January 17  th 

  4:30 pm

Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202 (formerly School of Policy Studies)


Reception and book signing to follow

This presentation will survey recent debates on what has been termed “pinkwashing”: the use of gay rights by the Israeli government to deflect attention from its occupation of Palestine. Instead of reproducing a queer exceptionalism – homonationalism – that singles out homosexuality as a particular facet of state control, Jasbir Puar argues that the practice of pinkwashing should be situated within a broader biopolitics of state control that invests in a range of bodies and bodily habits. The focus will be specifically on the use of disability as part of a biopolitical assemblage of control that instrumentalizes a spectrum of capacities and debilities for the use of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Dr. Puar is hosted by the Department of Gender Studies and the Sexuality and Gender Diversity Certificate Program.  






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