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The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities in association with Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS) presents:
Homonationalisms and Criminalized Queers: A Panel Discussion about Global Sexual Politics
Speakers: Tara Atluri (Visiting Fellow, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and GEDS, Birkbeck, University of London); Calogero Giametta (Laboratoire Méditerranéen de Sociologie (LAMES) – Aix-Marseille Université); Mayur Suresh (School of Law, SOAS); Alyosxa Tudor (Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London and Gender Institute, London School of Economics).
This panel discussion will question the politics of sexualities and citizenship focusing on key moments such as the decision made by the Supreme Court of India to uphold Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a colonial sodomy law that criminalizes queer sex and people. We will also address contentious issues such as European ‘gay conditionality’ policies, which propose that financial aid to countries in the Global South should be dependent on the institution of LGBTQ rights.
About the Speakers:
Tara Atluri is a lecturer at the Ontario College of Art and Design University and is a Visiting Fellow at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities (January –March 2016). Her current research interests include sexualities and urban space in India and she has recently published Āzādī: Sexual Politics and Postcolonial Worlds (Demeter Press, 2016)
Calogero Giametta is a sociologist with a research focus on migration, gender and sexuality. More precisely, his work has concentrated on two forms of legal protection addressing non-EU migrants: anti-trafficking initiatives and the right of asylum (i.e. in France and the UK). He is interested in examining how these protection mechanisms, by being deployed as filtering instruments, follow the logic of sexual humanitarianism. In so doing he questions the specific ways in which migration control operates through humanitarian interventions under neoliberal democracies. Calogero Giametta is affiliated with the Laboratoire Méditerranéen de Sociologie (LAMES) – Aix-Marseille Université.
Mayur Suresh is a lecturer at the School of Law, SOAS. His research focuses on ethnographic approaches to legal cultures. Previously, he was part of the legal team that successfully challenged section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (a colonial law that criminalizes diverse sexualities in India) in the Delhi High Court, and defended that judgment in the Supreme Court.
Alyosxa Tudor is LSE Fellow in Transnational Gender Studies and Fellow at the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London with focus on ‘Gendering Migration and Diasporas’ and ‘Queer Politics’. Alyosxa’s work connects trans and queer feminist approaches with transnational feminism and postcolonial studies. Alyosxa’s main research interest lies in analysing (knowledge productions on) migrations, diasporas and borders in relation to critiques of Eurocentrism and to processes of gendering and racialisation.
Introduction and Chair: Dr Melissa Butcher (Birkbeck):