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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)

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VENUE: Room 227, SSS-I, JNU


Another way to break the myths

26 Jun

Kyaa tumne sochaa hai ki chitron mein pyaar kaise dikhaayaa jaaye? Kisi vastu kaa chitra banaana to aasaan hai, lekin pyaar, jo ki ek ehsaas hai, use kaise chitrit kiya jaaye?” (Have you ever thought about how love can be depicted in a painting? It’s easy to draw an object, but love is a feeling; how do you sketch that?)

These are lines taken from a double-page spread in the February issue of Chakmak, a Bhopal-based science magazine aimed at children between eleven and fifteen years of age. The words were accompanying a painting by the late Indian artist Bhupen Khakkar. The painting shows two young men sitting on a couch, nestled close to each other. Each one’s limbs follow the curves of the other’s. The quiet, contented smiles of two lovers wearing identical suits speak more about love than a lot of books. As the caption says, “Ve ek-doosre se itnaa pyaar karte the ki unhone ek hi jaisaa suit pehnaa thaa.” (They loved each other so much that they wore suits of the same design) Not only is this an admirably direct attempt to confront the abstract, (as the aforementioned question about love tried to) but also to educate children about homosexuality, an issue which can enmesh children in a quagmire of half-truths and downright irresponsible myths/legends.

Read more — and see the lovely painting — here at NewsYaps.


Myths and Facts

26 Jun
चाहत पिटारा, अंक 96  निरंतर- जेंडर और शिक्षा का सन्दर्भ समूह   नई दिल्ली और लखनऊ

चाहत पिटारा, अंक 96
निरंतर- जेंडर और शिक्षा का सन्दर्भ समूह
नई दिल्ली और लखनऊ

चाहत पिटारा, अंक 96  निरंतर- जेंडर और शिक्षा का सन्दर्भ समूह   नई दिल्ली और लखनऊ

चाहत पिटारा, अंक 96
निरंतर- जेंडर और शिक्षा का सन्दर्भ समूह
नई दिल्ली और लखनऊ

चाहत पिटारा, अंक 96  निरंतर- जेंडर और शिक्षा का सन्दर्भ समूह   नई दिल्ली और लखनऊ

चाहत पिटारा, अंक 96
निरंतर- जेंडर और शिक्षा का सन्दर्भ समूह
नई दिल्ली और लखनऊ

This Saturday! Breaking the Binary with LABIA

2 May

A few years ago, several of us in Qashti heard about a study being done by LABIA, based on interviews and conversations sharing life histories with LBTGQFAB people from all over India. We’ve been eager and excited to hear about the results of these conversations for ages, and now we finally get to! LABIA will be coming to Delhi this Saturday to share their findings, carry on the discussions and answer all our questions about the study! And the icing on the cake is that we at Qashti are co-hosting the event along with Saheli — we couldn’t be more delighted! So please come, bring friends and families, enjoy some refreshing cool drinks and hear all about Breaking the Binary! Over to LABIA:


BREAKING THE BINARY: Understanding concerns and realities of queer persons assigned gender female at birth across a spectrum of lived gender identities

Saturday 4th May 2013
3:00 to 7:00 pm
at The Attic, 1st Floor, 36 Regal Building, Outer Circle, Connaught Place
(directions: in the same lane as People Tree, Kwality Restaurant etc. Nearest Metro: Rajiv Chowk)

In 2009-2010, LABIA initiated a research study based on 50 life history narratives of queer PAGFB (persons assigned gender female at birth), and aided by discussions with queer LBT and trans* groups. 11 of us (many of us members of LABIA) did the interviews, transcripts and initial analysis, and 4 of us have been doing the further analysis and writing.

Key findings have been presented at different conferences and some of the data has been published. Now we bring you the full report. Through this study, we explore the circumstances and situations of queer PAGFB who are made to, or expected to, fit into society’s norms around gender and sexuality. We look at their experiences with natal families and in school; we chart their journey through intimate relationships and jobs; we attempt to understand what happens to them in public spaces, and how they are treated by various state agencies; we discover where they seek and find support, community, and a refuge from the violence and discrimination that mark far too many lives.

Most significantly, this research has given us new insights into gender itself, which we feel are crucial additions to the current discourse in both queer and feminist spaces. Finally, the study flags areas of particular concern, and highlights some necessary interventions.

We ourselves are amazed at the richness and complexity of our findings and are impelled by the need to share these as widely as possible with all queer and feminist groups and individuals, activists and academics, all people working specifically with LBT persons as well as broadly in the areas of gender and sexuality — and of course all of us who are interested in knowing more about our selves.

So do join us for an intense, engaging, stimulating afternoon of presentations in English and Hindi, with time for questions and discussion (and most certainly for tea and snacks).

Chayanika, Raj, Shalini, Smriti from LABIA – a queer feminist LBT collective

(With Saheli and Qashti LBT)

Everything you wanted to know about gender, sex, sexuality — comically explained!

22 Apr

What is queer? What is trans? genderqueer? agender? what about pansexual? why do some people want to be called ‘ze’, not he or she?

Here’s a cute, clever answer to all these questions, and more! Click on the link below!

Comically explained 🙂