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LGBT Activism in South Asia

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
3:00pm – 4:30pm

Storrs Campus
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LGBT Activism in South Asia

South Asia is home to successful and impressive LGBT activist organizations: the Humsafar Trust (Mumbai), Naz Male Health Alliance (Karachi), Bandhu Society (Dhaka), Equal Ground (Colombo), and the Blue Diamond Society (Kathmandu). Many of these organizations center HIV/AIDS outreach with at-risk populations, address the harassment of gay men and transgender women, and work to ameliorate cultural and political circumstances for LGBT people. However, to understand activism in South Asia, we must also attend to informal spaces of social action, education, and community-making. It is in these spaces that we might evidence the activist labor of women and transgender men in the movement, and also find critiques and learn the limits of the NGO industrial complex.

Kareem Khubchandani is the Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Tufts University teaching at the intersection of performance studies and queer studies. His research, performance, and teaching interests include dance studies, queer nightlife, South Asian diaspora, global queer politics, performance ethnography, critical race studies, and drag. He holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and previously served as the inaugural Embrey Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Contact:

Debanuj DasGupta [debanuj.dasgupta@uconn.edu]

Geography Department (primary)

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