CFR and GFWS book launch for ‘Queer Politics in India’ by Shraddha Chatterjee
The Centre for Feminist Research and the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies Present:
Book launch forQueer Politics in India: Towards Sexual Subaltern Subjectsby Shraddha Chatterjee (GFWS)
Introduced by Dr. David Murray (Anthropology)
Harshita Yalamarty (GFWS)
Preity Kumar (GFWS)
and Karuna Chandrashekar (SPTH)
Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Location: 626 Kaneff Tower, York University
Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible space, gender-neutral & gender-segregated washrooms. Light refreshments provided. Please advise of allergies with RSVP. Kaneff is not a scent-free environment. FREE event. All are welcome.
Brown bag event – bring your own lunch! Cookies and coffee provided.
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Summary: Queer Politics in India simultaneously tells two interconnected stories. The first explores the struggle against violence and marginalization by queer people in the Indian subcontinent, and places this movement towards equality and inclusion in relation to queer movements across the world. The second story, about a lesbian suicide in a small village in India, interrupts the first one, and together, these two stories push and pull the book to elucidate the failure and promise of queer politics, in India and the rest of the world.
This book emerges at a critical time for queer politics and activism in India, exploring the contemporary queer subject through the different lenses of critical psychology, Lacanian psychoanalysis, feminist and queer theory, and cultural studies in its critique of the constructions of discourses of ‘normal’ sexuality. It also examines how power determines further segregations of ‘abnormal’ sexuality into legitimate and illegitimate queer subjectivities and authentic and inauthentic queer experiences. By allowing a multifaceted and engaged critique to emerge that demonstrates how the idea of a universal queer subject fails lower class, lower caste queer subjects, and queer people of colour, the author expertly highlights how all queer people are not the same, even within queer movements, as the book asks the questions, ‘which queer subject does queer politics fight for?’, and, ‘what is the imagination of a queer subject in queer politics?’
Bio: Shraddha Chatterjee is currently a PhD scholar in Gender, Feminist, & Women’s Studies at York University, Toronto. She has previously trained in psychology, and her work is informed by Lacanian psychoanalysis, critical psychology, feminist and queer theory, and cultural studies. She is involved with feminist queer spaces in New Delhi and Kolkata.