Society and Space lecture -- Jasbir Puar, "Spatial Debilities: Slow Life and Carceral Capitalism in Palestine"

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Sexuality and Space Specialty Group, Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 4:30 PM / 6:10 PM (MDT)
Room: Washington 3, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: Natalie Oswin, Kate Derickson, Charmaine Chua
Chairs: Natalie Oswin


Jasbir Puar, professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University will give a lecture sponsored by the journal Society and Space.
Abstract: There has been much written on the forms of control enacted in the splintering occupation of Palestine, in particular regarding mobility, identity, and spatiality, yet this vast scholarship has presumed the prominence of the abled-body that is hindered through the infrastructures of occupation. In this lecture I examine the splintering occupation in relation to disability and the spatial distribution of debilitation, highlighting the logistics of border crossings and movement in the West Bank in relation to disability rights frameworks. I argue two things: one, that the creation of what Celeste Langan terms "mobility disabilities" through both corporeal assault and infrastructural and bureaucratic means are not only central to the calculus of the occupation, but importantly, linked logics of debilitation; and two, that these calibrations of various types of movement are forms of carceral containment and enclosure that render specific stretchings of space and time, what we could call slow life.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jasbir Puar*, , Spatial Debilities: Slow Life and Carceral Capitalism in Palestine 20 4:30 PM
Discussant Lisa Bhungalia Kent State University 20 4:50 PM
Discussant Treva Ellison Dartmouth College (Assistant Professor) 20 5:10 PM
Introduction Brian Jefferson University of Illinois Urbana Champaign 10 5:30 PM

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