Event Information

Date & Time
April 24, 2017 - 6:00pm
Stanford Humanities Center, Board Room
424 Santa Teresa St.
Stanford, CA

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The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability - a talk by Jasbir Puar


Jasbir Puar, Associate Professor of Women's & Gender Studies at Rutgers University

S. Lochlann Jain, Associate Professor of Anthropology, will be responding.

Professor Puar describes the talk as follows:

In this lecture, which is an overview of my forthcoming book, I present a theory of biopolitical debilitation that foregrounds the injuring mechanisms of racialization, capitalism, and imperialism. In challenging liberal disability rights frames, debility illuminates not only what is left out of disability imaginaries and rights politics, but also the constitutive absences necessary for capacitating discourses of disability empowerment, pride, visibility, and inclusion to take shape. Thus, I argue, disability and debility are not at odds with each other. Rather they are necessary supplements in an economy of injury that claims and promotes disability empowerment at the same time that it maintains the precarity of certain bodies and populations precisely through making them availability for injury.

On Monday, April 24th
from 6-8pm
in the Stanford Humanities Center Board Room
RSVP here! A vegetarian dinner will be served.

Feel free to contact Rebecca with any questions or concerns. 

Sponsored by the Feminisms/Queerings Colloquium, the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research.