Overview

Objectives:

  1. To explore how ‘contact zones’ and the idea of ‘assemblages’ can be reconceptualised to respond to genders, sexualities and queer visibility in cultural, sociological, political, theoretical and methodological debates that address the South Asia-Africa nexus.
  2. To challenge the socio-political and racialised narrativisation of experiences in terms of sexes and sexualities in the South Asia-Africa nexus.
  3. Rethinking the ways in which gendered, sexualised and queer bodies are perceived, represented and choose to move and travel through space and time.
  4. Examine the relative invisibility of sexual minorities within historical and contemporary cultural representations and political discourses in the South Asian-African nexus.
  5. To provide a space for activist discussions about supporting the human rights of people who experience social marginality and/or hardship on the grounds of sex, gender, sexuality, race, caste or other social characteristics, and to explore activist agendas and insights across the South Asia-Africa nexus.

 

Topics or issues that could feature (but by no means exhaustive or definitive):

●       Sexuality, sex,  gender, globalisation and transnational migration

●       Vectors of identities and markers of inequalities: race, class, sex, sexuality, gender,      gender identity, national origin, language, disability, caste

●       Geopolitical boundaries, whether physical or symbolic, political or social, condition sexual practices that shape representations of sexuality

●       Commodification of bodies and sexual exploitation (including corporeality and embodiment)

●       Heterotopias in the making of sex, gender and sexuality

●       Homophobias, Biphobias, Transphobias, Interphobias (prejudice against intersex people), Heteronormativities and Pathologies

●       Migration and labour

●       Institutional reforms through law, religion and education

●       Erasure and invisibility of sexualities, sexes, and genders

●       Intimaces across borders (transnational, racial, gendered)

●       Mental frontiers: exoticism, orientalism, idealisation, stereotypes and projections

Desire, eroticisation and sexual pleasure