The Critique of the Neoliberal Queer Subject in the Era of Transnational LGBT Rights: Cities, Class, and Sexuality Politics in India

Sociology

Seminar Series

Winter Semester

2013-14

The Critique of the Neoliberal Queer Subject in the Era of Transnational LGBT Rights: Cities, Class, and Sexuality Politics in India

By Dr. Svati P. Shah

Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The theoretical imbrications between cities and economic class provide a critical frame for understanding LGBT politics in India in the contemporary moment. Examining these politics, and the discourses of nation and modernity that they produce, through their geographical valences offers an understanding of the unique role of the urban imaginary in the discursive production of sexuality and LGBT activism in India. At the same time, LGBT rights are being taken up as a foreign policy issue, while the transnationalization of queer studies brings with it the transnationalization of the critique of the neoliberal queer subject. In this talk, I aim to problematize the critique of the neoliberal queer subject by disassembling the cognate moniker ‘LGBT,’ and by mapping the transition of the queer figure from extra-national to urban elite over the course of the rise of LGBT juridical recognition in India since the late 1990s.

Svati Shah’s research covers the political economy of migration, sex work, development, and urbanization in South Asia and South Asian diaspora

                       Date: 16th April 2014, Wednesday

Time: 02.30 PM

FSI HALL, South Asian University, 

Akbar Bhawan, Chanakyapuri,

New Delhi 110021
ALL ARE CORDIALLY INVITED

 

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