The Right to Maim

11/06/2014, 5:00 pm

Geballe Room

Jasbir Puar


Associate Professor, Women's and Gender Studies
Rutgers University

This talk looks at the productivity of disablement as a war tactic of the Israeli state in Gaza and the West Bank. It argues for a revisioning of biopolitics that accounts for maiming as a goal of settler colonialism that defies easy demarcations between making live and letting die. Such an analysis complicates recent debates about the function of "collateral damage" by mining the schism between targeting to kill and targeting to disable.