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CODA: THE COST OF GETTING BETTER. Suicide, Sensation, Switchpoints. Workshop with Jasbir Puar
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 10:00am

The Portland Center for Public Humanities Presents a Workshop with Jasbir Puar:

CODA: THE COST OF GETTING BETTER. Suicide, Sensation, Switchpoints

Tuesday, May 22nd, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Smith Memorial Student Union 298 | 1825 SW Broadway

This workshop examines the potential for using affective connectivities to rethink neoliberal stratification. Because discourses surrounding queer suicide reproduce problematic assumptions not only about race, class, and gender but also about bodily health, debility, and capacity, Professor Puar links Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" project and related discussions about the recent spate of queer suicides to broader social justice issues about disability as well as theoretical concerns in animal studies and posthumanist studies.

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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. If you have questions concerning access or accommodations for a disability please contact us at Early requests are encouraged; a week will generally allow us to provide seamless access.

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