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Friday, July 3 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Liberation at gunpoint? The politics of "feminist" imperialism

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The militarization of women’s rights received a new lease on life with the US/NATO intervention in Afghanistan under the auspices of “rescuing Afghan women.” While such calls for the liberation of women in the Global South have a long history in the West going back to the heyday of colonialism in the 19th century, Kumar argues that the current conjuncture is both similar to, and different from, earlier periods. She sets out to deepen our understanding of Imperialist Feminism by tying together imperial appropriations of women’s rights with the neoliberal attack on social services which has precipitated the “NGO-ization of feminism” and a reframing of women’s rights in the 21st century in line with the priorities of empire in the neoliberal era.

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Deepa Kumar

Professor at Rutgers University and a union officer of the AAUP-AFT (Rutgers). Her first book, Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization and the UPS Strike, is about the power of collective struggle in effectively challenging the priorities of neoliberalism. Her second book, Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, looks at how the “Muslim enemy” has historically been mobilized to suit the goals of empire. She is... Read More →

Friday July 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Field B