CfP: Decriminalization of Indian Queer: Socio-Cultural, Political and Legal Concerns by IIAS, Shimla [April 20-22]: Submit by Feb 2

Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) Shimla is conducting a conference on Decriminalization of Indian Queer: Socio-Cultural, Political and Legal Concerns.

Sub-Themes

The seminar would invite speakers to address issues related to the following sub-themes:

  • Impact of the decriminalization on the queer community
  • Aspirations of the decriminalized Indian queer: Re-assessing the current and historical theoretical debates; empirical work illustrating the everyday complexities of Indian queers.
  • Responses of the ‘mainstream’ regarding the decriminalizing of the queer
  • Making the queer visible in Socio-cultural domain: instances of Historical inclusion; queer and indigeneity; literary and folk representations; depiction in various forms of art, architecture and cinema
  • Equally but differently Oppressed: Distinct Problems faced by the gays, lesbians, transsexuals and bisexuals in India; the Western categories of queer vis-à-vis the Indian construction of sexuality based identities like ‘Kinnar’, ‘Jogta’, ‘Jogti’, ‘Shiv-shakthis’ ‘Hijra’, ‘Aravani’, ‘Kothi’, ‘Napunsak’ etc.
  • Multiple marginalizations: Addressing the concerns of the queers of rural and mofussil India, queer people with disabilities, Dalit queer, queer individuals of the minority communities, asexual individuals etc.
  • Role of the government and nongovernmental organizations in eradicating homophobia
  • The ‘Second Wave’: Future Plan of actions for a vibrant queer movement in India towards socio-cultural, political and legal reforms; suggestions for policy formations/ amendments.

Submission Details

A limited number of participants will be invited for the Seminar. Those interested in participating should send -by email-an abstract of 500 words of the proposed paper along with their brief C.V. (of around 200 words) to:

  • Dr Kaustav Chakraborty, Department of English, Southfield (Loreto) College, Darjeeling-734101 Email: [email protected] a copy to:
  • Ms. Ritika Sharma, Academic Resource Officer, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Rashtrapati Nivas, Shimla- 171005 Tel: 0177-2831385 Email: [email protected]

The last date for submission of abstract (500 words) is 2nd February 2020 till 12:00 midnight.

The Institute intends to send Invitation letters to selected participants by March 2020.

It is the policy of the Institute to publish the papers not proceedings of the seminars it organizes. Hence, all invited participants will be expected to submit complete papers (English or Hindi), hitherto unpublished and original, with citations in place, along with a reference section, to the Academic Resource Officer, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla– 171005 by 5th April 2020.

IIAS, Shimla will be glad to extend its hospitality (free hospitality is provided only to the seminar participant) during the seminar period and is willing to reimburse, if required, rail or air travel expenses from the place of current residence in India, or the port of arrival in India, and back.

Note: Plagiarism is a serious academic offence and the Institute reserves the right to cancel the selection/participation of a candidate found guilty at any stage.

Venue

Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Rashtrapati Nivas, Shimla- 171005 Tel: 0177-283138

Contact

Dr Kaustav Chakraborty, Department of English, Southfield (Loreto) College, Darjeeling-734101 Email: [email protected]

With a copy to:

Ms. Ritika Sharma,  Academic Resource Officer, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Rashtrapati Nivas, Shimla- 171005 Tel: 0177-2831385 Email: [email protected]

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