2013 SXGD Speaker Jasbir Puar

January 17th, 2013 4:30pm

Winter 2013 Robert Sutherland Visitor, Queen’s University


Homonationalism, Sex, and Disability:

Pinkwashing and Biopolitics in the Middle East


Dr. Jasbir Puar

Author, Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times

Edward Said Chair of American Studies, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, US

Thursday, January 17

4:30 PM

Sutherland Hall (formerly School of Policy Studies)

Room 202

(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.

Hosted by the Department of Gender Studies and the Sexuality and Gender Diversity Certificate Program

Robert Sutherland was the first person of African heritage to graduate from the University and its first major benefactor. The Robert Sutherland Visitorship was established in 1997.

For info:  Cassandra Eberhardt <cassandra.eberhardt@queensu.ca>