SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Disabled Diaspora, Rehabilitating State: The Queer Politics of Reproduction in Israel/Palestine

Jasbir Puar

Date: 20 May 2014Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 20 May 2014Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

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Roundtable with Jasbir Puar (Rutgers University) 

Featuring Atef Alshaer, Brenna Bhandar, Aeyal Gross and Katherine Natanel

Chair: Rahul Rao

This event is sponsored by the Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy (CISD) at SOAS, University of London. It brings together members of the SOAS School of Law, Department of Politics & International Studies, Centre for Gender Studies, Centre for Media & Film Studies, and CISD, who will respond to Prof. Jasbir Puar’s latest work on the intersections of sex, disability, and reproductive politics within the history of homonationalism in Israel/Palestine.    


This paper situates the intersections of sex, disability, and reproductive politics within the history of homonationalism in Israel/Palestine. It focuses specifically on the use of disability—especially as the Israeli state was founded on a narrative of rehabilitating dispersed, traumatized diasporas into bodily health and national wholeness—as part of a biopolitical assemblage of control that instrumentalizes a spectrum of capacities and debilities for the use of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.  It seeks to rearticulate sexual rights and the debates on "pinkwashing” within biopolitical frames by linking them to the slow rise of disability rights platforms in Israel, the convergence of eugenic selective abortion practices on the one hand and the pro-natalist attitudes of the state, supported by its stellar Assisted Reproductive Technology industry, on the other, and the growing population of LGBT parents and families in Israel.


Jasbir K. Puar is Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (Duke University Press, 2007) and of numerous articles in Gender, Place & Culture, Radical History Review, Socialist Review, Feminist Legal Studies, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, Feminist Studies and Signs. Her forthcoming monograph Affective Politics: States of Debility and Capacity (Duke University Press, 2014) takes up questions of disability in the context of theories of bodily assemblages that trouble intersectional identity frames. She is a 2013-14 Society for the Humanities Fellow at Cornell University, where she will be working on her third book, titled Inhumanist Occupation: Sex, Affect, and Palestine/Israel.   

All welcome. No booking required except for wheelchair space, see below.

The venue is wheelchair accessible, although the space for wheelchairs is very limited. To reserve a space, or if you have any other disability-related needs, please contact Rahul Rao ( in advance of the event.

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