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Jasbir Puar and Maya Mikdashi

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On Positionality and Not Naming Names: A Rejoinder to the Response by Maikey and Schotten

[An Israeli soldier grabs a Palestinian boy, dressed as a Native American during a protest in Nablus. AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh]

[This article was written as a rejoinder to Haneen Maikey and Heike Schotten's response to the authors' article on the intersections and impasses between US centered pinkwashing and pinkwatching activism.  Click here to read Maikey and Schotten's response, and click here to read the original article by Mikdashi and Puar.] We thank Haneen Maikey and Heike Schotten for their thoughtful and detailed response to our article. We appreciate ...

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Pinkwatching And Pinkwashing: Interpenetration and its Discontents

[Pinkwashing Propaganda, Images by Blue Star PR]

Over the past year, we have been carefully observing and participating in the rise of anti-pinkwashing queer activism in the United States and Europe as scholars, activists and editors of online and print media. This activism has followed a similar, though not equivalent trajectory to activism in the Middle East. Pinkwashing—the process by which the Israeli state seeks to gloss over the ongoing settler colonialism of historic Palestine by redirecting international ...

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Bio

Jasbir Puar and Maya Mikdashi

Jasbir Puar is Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at Rutgers University.  Her research interests include gender, sexuality, globalization; postcolonial and diaspora studies; South Asian cultural studies; and theories of assemblage and affect. She is the author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (Duke University Press 2007), which won the 2007 Cultural Studies Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. Professor Puar has also authored numerous articles that appear in Gender, Place, and Culture, Social Text, Radical History Review, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and Feminist Legal Studies. Her edited volumes include a special issue of GLQ titled, “Queer Tourism: Geographies of Globalization” and co-edited a volume of Society and Space titled “Sexuality and Space”. Most recently she edited, with Julie Livingston, a special issue of Social Text on “Interspecies.” (Spring 2011).

Maya Mikdashi is a PhD candidate at Columbia University's Department of Anthropology and Co-Director of the documentary film About Baghdad. She is co-founder of Jadaliyya Ezine. She is Faculty Fellow/Assistant Professor at NYU.