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Debility and Disability in Palestine: Notes Towards Southern Disability Studies

A photo of a South Asian woman with short black hair and wearing a black blouse looking at the camera.

This keynote will detail various strands of histories of disability in Palestine and their import in terms of activism, advocacy, and the field of southern disability studies. Based on fieldwork with disability and rehabilitation center workers in 2016 and members at refugee camps in the West Bank from the summer of 2018, Jasbir Puar’s research suggests that disability is lived as an inevitable consequence of Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation.

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.


March 12


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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