The Right to Maim

a discussion & celebration of the new book by Jasbir K. Puar with panelists Liat Ben-Moshe, Helga Tawil-Souri, & Hentyle Yapp, with a response by Jasbir Puar

Liat Ben-Moshe, Disability Studies, University of Toledo

Jasbir Puar, Women’s & Gender Studies, Rutgers

Helga Tawil-Souri, Media, Culture, & Communication, New York University

Hentyle Yapp, Art & Public Policy, New York University

This event celebrates the launch of Jasbir K. Puar’s long-awaited second book, The Right to Maim. In that book, Puar brings her pathbreaking work on the liberal state, sexuality, and biopolitics to bear on our understanding of disability. Drawing on a stunning array of theoretical and methodological frameworks, Puar uses the concept of “debility”—bodily injury and social exclusion brought on by economic and political factors—to disrupt the category of disability. She shows how debility, disability, and capacity together constitute an assemblage that states use to control populations. Three distinguished scholars–from multiple fields–will discuss The Right to Maim, to be followed by a response by Puar.

Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality
285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor

This event is free & open to the public. Venue is accessible. For more information, please contact NYU CSGS at or 212-992-9540.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Disability Studies; Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; Department of Art & Public Policy; Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies; and Program in Gender & Sexuality Studies.
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