right to maimThe Right to Maim

a discussion & celebration of the new book by Jasbir K. Puar with panelists Liat Ben-Moshe, Fred MotenHelga Tawil-Souri, & Hentyle Yapp, with a response by Jasbir Puar
November 3, Friday
5 to 6:30 pm

Liat Ben-Moshe, Disability Studies, University of Toledo
Fred Moten, Performance Studies, New York University
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.
new location: 19 West 4th Street, room 101

Join us after the panel for a RECEPTION up the street at the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality at 285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor.

This event is free & open to the public. Venues are accessible. For more information, please contact NYU CSGS at csgs(at) or 212-992-9540.
Facebook event page here.
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.

Liat Ben-Moshe is an assistant professor of disability studies at the University of Toledo. Her forthcoming book “Politics of (En)Closure” examines the connections between prison abolition, disability and deinstitutionalization in the U.S. (forthcoming with University of Minnesota Press and supported by an AAUW fellowship). Dr. Ben-Moshe is the co-editor (with Allison Carey and Chris Chapman) of Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada (Palgrave McMillan 2014) as well as special issues of Disability Studies Quarterly on disability in Israel/Palestine (Summer 2007) and Disability Studies Pedagogy (2015) and Women, Gender and Families of Color on race, gender and disability (2014). She has written on such topics as the politics of abolition; deinstitutionalization and incarceration; disability, anti-capitalism and anarchism; queerness and disability; inclusive pedagogy; disability in Israel/Palestine and representations of disability. For more information:
Fred Moten teaches and conducts research in black studies, performance studies, poetics and critical theory. He is author of consent not to be a single being, In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, The Feel Trio, The Little Edges, The Service Porch and co-author, with Stefano Harney, of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study and A Poetics of the Undercommons, and, with Wu Tsang, of Who touched me? Moten works in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University.
Jasbir K. Puar is Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Her most recent book is The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability (2017). Puar is the author of award-winning Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (2007), which has been translated into Spanish and French and re-issued in an expanded version for its 10 th anniversary. She has also written numerous articles for mainstream, scholarly, and alternative venues. Currently she is completing her third book, a collection of essays on duration, pace, and acceleration in Palestine titled Slow Life: Settler Colonialism in Five Parts.
Helga Tawil-Souri is Associate Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU, and the director of the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. Helga is a media scholar who works on questions of spatiality, technology, and politics in the Middle East and especially Israel/Palestine. She is most recently the co-editor of Gaza As Metaphor (Hurst, 2016).
Hentyle Yapp is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Public Policy at NYU is also an affiliated faculty on the Disability Council. His research broadly engages the theoretical and methodological implications of queer, feminist, disability, and critical race studies for questions regarding the law and state. His essays have appeared or are forthcoming in American Quarterly, GLQ, Verge, Women and Performance, and other venues.