"backwardness", access to education, access to health care, colonization, Deepa Kumar, Imperialist Feminism, justifying empire, Middle East, Orientalism, rights pertaining to marriage, Solidarity, the 'civilizing mission' of the West, the colonial construction of 'Brown and Black women'
Published on May 20, 2015Professor Kumar argues that “Imperialist Feminism” (a rhetoric based on the appropriation of women’s rights to justify empire) benefits neither women in the East nor women in Imperial centers. She analyzes the cultural representations of gender and sexuality in cultural products such as Orientalist paintings, early Hollywood films, and contemporary TV shows in order to deconstruct Imperialist Feminism
Published on Oct 11, 2013
Dr. Deepa Kumar is an Associate Professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University. Her work is driven by an active engagement with the key issues that characterize our era — neoliberalism and imperialism. She has been active in various social movements for peace and justice and has written numerous articles in both scholarly journals and alternative media.
Kumar’s first book, Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization and the UPS Strike, is about the power of collective struggle in effectively challenging the priorities of neoliberalism. Her second book titled Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, looks at how the “Muslim enemy” has historically been mobilized to suit the goals of empire.
Kumar began her research into the politics of empire shortly after the tumultuous events of 9/11. She is currently working on a third book on the discourses of terrorism within the mainstream media and in the political sphere in the US.
Hosted by the Center for Asian American Studies with generous support from the Office of the President, the Department of English, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Middle Eastern Studies and the South Asia Institute.
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