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Toronto event: TORTURE AS PUBLIC TRUTH: The Case of Omar Khadr

November 12th, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

University of Toronto Equity Studies Students’ Union Presents…

TORTURE AS PUBLIC TRUTH: The Case of Omar Khadr Lecture by Sherene Razack, Phd.

[free lecture followed by Q&A session]

In this lecture, focusing on the torture of Omar Khadr, Sherene Razack will explore how torture comes to be a public truth in democratic regimes. How is torture written on the social body?

How does a practice so extreme come to be seen as a necessary part of our everyday world, a world in which even the spanking of children is regarded as grievous harm? She suggests that torture as practiced today by liberal democratic states in the West (often aided by elites in the East) unites the West against the East, turning the globe into a militarized zone.

Torture is thus a racial practice that gives birth to white identities; identities experienced as simultaneously racial and national. As the story of the torture of Muslims circulates in the West, energizing some citizens and providing them with a heightened sense of their own racial superiority, it performs a psychic violence on those of us too easily racially identified with the tortured, reminding us of our own precarious status in the political community.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 6:30PM Lash Miller, Rm 162 (80 St. George St.)

Refreshments and food will be served. ASL interpreters are available. Venue is wheelchair accessible. Gender neutral washrooms are also available.

For more information, please contact ESSU at

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