EAS Speaker Series: Dr. Naomi Paik

Date(s) - 01/12/2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Room 2125, Sidney Smith Hall


EAS Speaker Series: Dr. Naomi Paik

The East Asian Speakers Series presents a talk by Dr. Naomi Paik from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She will be presenting,  “Rightlessness: Hunger Strikes, Force-feeding, and testimony at Guantánamo.”

Naomi Paik will address themes raised in her new book, Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps Since World War II, which grapples with the history of U.S. prison camps that have confined people outside the boundaries of legal and civil rights. Removed from the social and political communities that would guarantee fundamental legal protections, these detainees are effectively rightless, stripped of the right even to have rights. Specifically, this talk will focus on both the bodily practices of and discourses surrounding prisoner practices of self-harm and the U.S. state’s efforts to preserve life—in particular, its force-feeding of hunger strikers at the current Guantánamo camp. By interpreting the testimonies of hunger strikers, Paik examines the prisoner body as a site of power and struggle waged between the U.S. state and the prisoners, who attempt to seize their own form of habeas corpus, taking their bodies back from the camp regime, by inflicting self-harm.



For more information on the EAS Speaker Series: https://www.eas.utoronto.ca/events/eas-speaker-series-2/

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