The Right to Maim: Disablement, Palestine, and Disaster Capitalism

Jasbir K. Puar, Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, delivers "The Right to Maim: Disablement, Palestine, and Disaster Capitalism," the 2014 Cantú Colloquium. This free, public event takes place on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 2:00-4:00pm, at the Namaste Lounge.

September 22, 2014

By , Department Assistant, Sociology 

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.


The Cantú Colloquium is presented by the Sociology Department, with cosponsorship from the Chicano Latino Research Center, Feminist Studies Department, History of Consciousness Department, Anthropology Department, Latin American and Latino Studies Department, Literature Department, and Lionel Cantú GLBTI Resource Center.