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Homonationalism Gone Viral: Discipline, Control, and the Affective Politics of Sensation. Lecture by Jasbir Puar
Monday, May 21, 2012 - 7:00pm

The Portland Center for Public Humanities Presents a Lecture by Jasbir Puar:

Homonationalism Gone Viral: Discipline, Control, and the Affective Politics of  Sensation

Monday, May 21, 7 p.m. 
Smith Memorial Student Union 296 | 1825 SW Broadway

Homonationalism as a concept and an organizing platform has emerged in relevance to numerous debates about sexual rights in various locations in North America, Europe, India, and the Israel-Palestine conflict. While homonationalism itself may well become reified as another identity formation, in this paper Jasbir Puar connects the original intentions behind its theorization and traces its paths of transmission through various forms of technological innovation. With a focus on the discourse of “pinkwashing” and the work of Palestinian Queers for BDS, she argues that these paths belie and undermine any stable identity formation and rearticulate homonationalism not as an accusation, a problematic subject positioning, or something to oppose, but rather an assemblage of affect, bodily forces, and discourses. In the case of the Israel-Palestine conflict, homonationalism is a facet of modernity that is embedded in the spatial logics of discipline and control that articulate an emergent form of neoliberal governmentality.

Professor Puar is a core faculty member in the department of Women's & Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Her research interests include gender, sexuality, globalization; postcolonial and diaspora studies; South Asian cultural studies; and theories of assemblage and affect. She is the author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (Duke University Press 2007), which won the 2007 Cultural Studies Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. Professor Puar has also authored numerous articles that appear in Gender, Place, and Culture; Social Text; Radical History Review; Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography; and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Her edited volumes include a special issue of GLQ entitled "Queer Tourism: Geographies of Globalization" and she co-edited a volume of Society and Space entitled "Sexuality and Space". She is currently working on a new book project focused on queer disability studies and theories of affect and assemblage. Her most recent publication from this project is "Prognosis Time: Towards a Geopolitics of Debility, Capacity, and Affect" in Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Volume 19, Number 2, July 2009 , pp. 161-172. A special issue of Social Text on Interspecies that she co-edited with Julie Livingston, was released in Spring 2011. With Patricia Clough, she is co-editing a forthcoming special issue of WSQ on Viral. Professor Puar is also a contributor to The Guardian, Art India as well as Bully Bloggers and Oh! Industry.

 This event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Diversity Action Council Grant, QRC, and SUPER. If you have questions concerning access or accommodations for a disability please contact us at publichumanities@pdx.edu. Early requests are encouraged; a week will generally allow us to provide seamless access. 

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