Living Together, Dying Together: The Lesbian as a Political Subject

27 Oct

Centre for Women’s Studies (CWS), JawaharLal Nehru University (JNU) is organizing s seminar Living Together, Dying Together: The Lesbian as a Political Subject by Navaneetha Mokkil (Assistant Professor – CWS-JNU).

Navaneetha Mokkil’s paper will analyze the political mobilization on “lesbian suicides” from late 1990s in Kerala. Analyzing activist documentation on lesbian suicides, the paper seeks to pursue the questions: What does it mean to produce a discourse around lesbian sexuality that has at its centre the event of suicide and the specters of women whose lives could have been saved? What is the impetus behind the recording of the lives of two women who are beyond the pale of any politics? What are the narrative tropes through which the lesbian as a figure surfaces in the public sphere of post-1990s Kerala? The analysis straddles a close reading of the form and content of the oral narratives and a meta-critical analysis of the politics of conducting and publishing these interviews.

Date: October 29th 2014

Time: 3 pm

Venue: Room 227, SSS-I, JNU (New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110067)


VENUE: Room 227, SSS-I, JNU


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