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Human Rights Happy Hour: Professor Inderpal Grewal to discuss “Humanitarian Citizenship and Race: Katrina and the Global War on Terror,” September 19, 2011

On Monday, September 19, 2011, the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice will host the first Human Rights Happy Hour of the Fall semester. Professor Inderpal Grewal of Yale University will present a talk entitled “Humanitarian Citizenship and Race: Katrina and the Global War on Terror.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Monday, September 19th, from 3:30-5:30pm, in the Sheffield Room (TNH 2.111) at the University of Texas School of Law. 

Inderpal Grewal is Professor and Chair of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University with joint appointments in American Studies and Anthropology. Her primary research interests include the relationship between gender and globalization, transnational and postcolonial feminist theories, civil society and non-governmental organizations, and citizenship and diaspora. Professor Grewal often focuses her work within the context of South Asian cultural studies and is currently undertaking a book project entitled The Gender of Security based on relations between gender, the state, security, and feminisms in contemporary India and the United States.  

She is the author of several books including an introduction to the field of transnational feminist studies in Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices (ed. with Caren Kaplan; University of Minnesota Press, 1994), a study of narratives and discourses of travel in Home and Harem: Nation, Gender, Empire and the Cultures of Travel (Duke University Press, 1996), an anthology on women’s studies designed for undergraduate students entitled Gender in a Transnational World: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (ed. with Caren Kaplan; McGraw Hill, 2001, 2005), and, most recently, an examination of discourses surrounding transnational subjects in Transnational America: Feminisms, Diasporas, Neoliberalisms (Duke University Press, 2005). Professor Grewal actively works in several editorial and advisory capacities, most notably in service to Women’s Studies Quarterly, Sikh Formations, Jouvert: Journal of Postcolonial Studies, and Meridians: feminisms, race, transnationalism.  Prior to assuming her current position, Professor Grewal taught at the University of California-Irvine, where she served as Director of Women’s Studies and launched the Ph.D. Program in Culture and Theory. She holds an M.A. from Punjab University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Berkeley.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. UT English Professor Barbara Harlow will serve as respondent to her talk. More information about Professor Grewal and the Happy Hour Speaker Series can be found on the Rapoport Center’s website.

If you would like a copy of the paper upon which her presentation is based, please contact William Chandler to request a copy.

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