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School of Law

State Crime, Secrecy and Gender: Palestine and Kashmir

When: Friday, April 1, 2022, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Where: Online


We are delighted to host this event with the Feminist Reading Group, the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) and IHSS on 'State Crime, Secrecy and Gender: Palestine and Kashmir', with Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian (QMUL) and Mona Bhan (Syracuse University).

Nadera's paper will explore how secrecy as a mode of governance offers a new site to analyze and understand the state’s violence against those living under settler colonial oppression. The paper specifically examines how Israeli state’s policies and use of “secret information” violate, infiltrate, and penetrate Palestinian women’s lives, bodies, psyches, and minds in Occupied East Jerusalem. Mona will engage with Nadera's paper and draw out how state crime, secrecy, and gender intersect in India's occupation of Kashmir.

Speaker Bio

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian is Chair in Global Law at Queen Mary University of London and the Lawrence D. Biele Chair in Law at the Faculty of Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research focuses on trauma, state crimes and criminology, surveillance, gender violence, law and society, and genocide studies. She has authored numerous books, including Militarization and Violence Against Women in Conflict Zones in the Middle East: The Palestinian Case Study (2010) and Security Theology, Surveillance and the Politics of Fear (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Mona Bhan is a cultural anthropologist and Associate Professor at Syracuse University. Her book, Counterinsurgency, Development, and the Politics of Identity: From Warfare to Welfare? (Routledge, 2014), examines the relationship between everyday forms of militarization and social life in Kashmir, with a focus on how state-based economic development and environmental interventions normalize everyday forms of violence through registers of care, compassion, and humanitarianism.

With her colleagues from the Critical Kashmir Studies Collective that she helped co-found in 2013, Mona co-edited Resisting Occupation in Kashmir (University of Pennsylvania Press 2018). Envisioned as a critical feminist collaboration among scholars who do engaged and advocacy work in Kashmir, the book foregrounds voices of Kashmiri scholars, and explores the social and legal logic of India’s occupation of Kashmir.

**Please note this is an online event and that all registrants will be sent joining details on the day.

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