Open GADNET Lecture
In cooperation with SASNET
When: 22 March, 13:15
Where: Centre for East and South-East Asia, Scheelevägen 15D, Ideon-area, Alpha I building, Conference room, second floor.
Lecture with Dr. Aneeta Rajendran, Department of English, Gargi College, University of Delhi, India.
AbstractThis talk will survey a variety of Indian narratives, literary and cinematic, with the aim to consider what queer female subjects emerge. The paper speculates that there is a striking degree of homogeneity in the representations that emerge in various cultural modes, particularly in the mass media, with the female queer emerging almost homonormatively as femme. While this is a gender-compliant index of female homosexuality, the paper also argues that the femme lesbian in these contexts enables consideration of the sphere of the home, consigned otherwise to the realm of the "private", as a space where queer feminist reproduction can and does happen.
Dr. Aneeta Rajendran is a Erasmus Mundus postdoc. at the Center for Gender Studies, Lund University. Her doctoral thesis, `In the Realm of the (Un)Familiar: Studies inContemporary Lesbian Indian texts, was a pioneering examination of female non-heteronormativity in a variety of contemporary Indian literary and visual cultural texts, and studied works as far apart as a novel by a major Urdu writer from the 1940s to a graphic novel produced only a couple of years ago. Her doctoral work examined “sexual”-ized identities such as the “gay” and the “lesbian,” but also outlined models for gendered work so as to examine how “queer” theory produces a model for political action that goes beyond merely sexual emancipation.