Five College Women's Studies Research Center

Making Race, Making Sex: Perspectives on Torture

On Monday, November 7 at 4:30pm, Laura Briggs, Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will give a talk entitled “Making Race, Making Sex: Perspectives on Torture.” Is an Orientalized Arab masculinity being produced in the context of the politics of torture, specifically its intense sexualization? Can we speak of a science of torture in the U.S. in anthropology, psychology, and biomedicine? Drawing on tools from the study of gender and race in science, this talk will use them to think about the torture of immigrant men in the U.S. and Europe targeted as "terrorists." (Briggs Flyer)