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'Existence is Resistance': Carceral Capitalism in/and Palestine.

The CEU Campus
Friday, May 10, 2019, 5:30 pm

In this lecture Puar examines the production of mobility obstacles and restrictions in Palestine through the linked frames of disaster and carceral capitalism, highlighting the logistics of border crossings and movement in the West Bank in relation to disability rights frameworks. Through an examination of the monetization of "existence is resistance," she argues two things: one, that the creation of what Celeste Langan terms "mobility disabilities" through corporeal assault as well as infrastructural and bureaucratic means are not only central to the calculus of the occupation, but importantly, linked logics of debilitation; and two, that these calibrations of various types of movement render specific carceral stretchings of space and time, what she calls slow life.  


Jasbir K. Puar is Professor and Graduate Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, where she has been a faculty member since 2000. Her most recent book is The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability (2017) published with Duke University Press in the series ANIMA: Critical Race Studies Otherwise that she co-edits with Mel Chen.  Puar is the author of award-winning Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (2007), which has been translated into Spanish and French and re-issued in an expanded version for its 10th anniversary (December 2017).