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Neel Ahuja: “Reversible Human: Rectal Feeding, Gut Plasticity, and Racial Control in US Carceral Warfare”
February 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Humanities 1, Room 210
Neel Ahuja’s research explores the relationship of the body to forms of imperial warfare and security. Focusing on the association of rectal feeding, used as a form of medical rape in CIA prisons, and bodily plasticity, the presentation argues that the terrorist body is not only a useful discursive figure in the current wars, but also an experimental material that can be used to modulate time, sensation, and resistance toward forms of racial control.
Neel Ahuja teaches in the interdisciplinary humanities programs at UC Santa Cruz.
The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors. The sessions consist of a 40-45 minute presentation followed by discussion. We gather at noon, with presentations beginning at 12:15 PM. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches; the Center provides coffee, tea, and cookies.
All Center for Cultural Studies events are free and open to the public. Staff assistance is provided by the Institute for Humanities Research.