Houston, TX 77005
4:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013
On Campus | Alumni
Free and open to the public. Part of the Graduate Colloquium lectures. This talk 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 that singles out sexuality as a particular facet of state control - a tendency that has engendered articulations of queer solidarity for Palestine and troubling conceptualizations of "Queer Palestine" - Puar argues that the practice of pinkwashing should be situated within a broader biopolitics of state control that utilizes a range of bodies and bodily habit, focusing specifically on the use of disability as part of a biopolitical assemblage of control that instrumentalizes a spectrum of capacities and debilities for the Israeli occupation of Palestine.