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HRI Lunchtime Seminar, Debanuj Dasgupta

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Storrs Campus
Dodd Center, 162

Human Rights Institute Lunchtime Seminar with Debanuj Dasgupta, Assistant Professor Department of Geography and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

"Transgender Detention & the Geography of Human Rights"

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Dodd Center Room 162 **Lunch will be provided

Dr. Debanuj DasGupta is Assistant Professor of Geography and Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Connecticut. Debanuj’s research focuses on the global governance of migration, sexuality, and HIV. Debanuj is engaged in a community based ethnographic project that documents the human rights abuses of transgender detainees in detention centers across the United States. As a political geographer his work interrogates the conflicts between international human rights related standards such as the “Convention Against Elimination of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment” and sovereign laws related to national security and border control. Debanuj engages in a comparative spatial understanding of emerging regimes for the management transgender rights (trans* governance) through his study of the relationship between the Indian state and transgender movements in India. In this way, his research sheds light on the global circulation of ideas related to transgender identity, rights, regulation and apparatuses of transgender population management. His work has been published in journals such as Disability Studies Quarterly, Contemporary South Asia, SEXUALITIES, and the Scholar and the Feminist (S&F online). He is the co-editor of Friendship As Social Justice Activism: Critical Solidarities in Global Perspective (co-edited with Dr. Niharika Banerjea, Dr. Rohit DasGupta and Dr. Jaime Grant & forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press) and along with Dr. Rohit DasGupta coeditor of Queering Digital India: Activisms, Intimacies and Subjectivities (forthcoming from the University of Edinburgh Press). Prior to his doctoral degree, Debanuj worked for over sixteen years within several international development agencies, HIV/AIDS, LGBT rights and immigrant rights organizations in India and the US. He is the recipient of the Ford Foundation funded New Voices Fellowship, American Association of Geographers and National Science Foundation funded T. J. Reynolds National Award in Disability Studies, and the International AIDS Society’s Emerging Activist Award.


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