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Lecture: Forcible Feeding and the Crisis of Care in Indefinite Detention // Nayan Shah

  • The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality 5733 S University Ave Chicago, IL, 60637 United States (map)


Professor Nayan Shah examines the visual representation and visceral vocabulary of the experiences of refusing food and the procedure of tube-feeding by force in the 20th and 21st century. He explores how force-feeding catalyzed political mobilization and controversies of medical ethics during the imprisonment of suffragettes in Britain and U.S in the early 20th century and have rebounded as the prism of ethical and political crisis in the detainees and deportees struggles in South Africa, Guantanamo and Europe.


Nayan Shah received his B.A. from Swarthmore and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. U.S. and Canadian history, gender and sexuality studies, legal and medical history, and Asian American Studies. He is the author of two award-winning books - Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality and the Law in the North American West (University of California Press, 2011) and Contagious Divides: Epidemics and Race in San Francisco’s Chinatown (University of California Press, 2001). Shah is also the editor of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (Duke University Press), as well as the the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, van Humboldt Foundation and Freeman Foundation.

This event is sponsored by 3CT and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.