Women's & Gender Studies Graduate Program Presents:
Convivial Conversations Series

Monday, February 16, 2015

11am - 1 p.m. - Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building - Douglass Campus

A conversation between Rasha Moumne, PhD Candidate, and Professor Jasbir Puar

Light refreshments served. Please RSVP to Suzy Kiefer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Rasha Moumne, PhD Candidate:

“What is a gay refugee? Producing wartime queerness between Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon”

This paper is an initial exploration of the discursive and legal production of the figure of the Middle Eastern wartime gay refugee in the wake of the US invasion of Iraq, the ongoing war in Syria, and the emergence of a gay refugee assistance industry in Lebanon.

Professor Jasbir Puar:

“Inhumanist Occupation: Palestine and the Right to Maim”

This talk looks at the productivity of disablement as a war tactic of the Israeli state in Gaza and the West Bank. It argues for a revisioning of biopolitics that accounts for maiming as a goal of settler colonialism that defies easy demarcations between making live and letting die. Such an analysis complicates recent debates about the function of "collateral damage" by mining the schism between targeting to kill and targeting to disable.