Lecture, organized by ACGS
Wed, 12 June 2013 | 16h
Room F 022 | Bushuis | Kloveniersburgwal 48, Amsterdam
The Figure of the Minority: Dismantling “Queer” in India
The figure of the minority in India can be marked through several axes of minoritarian identity – the woman, sexual minorities, the Dalit, the adivasi, the disabled, the Muslim, the Christian, the Northeasterner, the Kashmiri Muslim, the informal labourer. The lecture examines the limits of minority identity in the framework of the liberal state and explores different paradigms of constructing these figures, and minority politics, from within their own articulations.
The lecture looks at how sexual minorities in particular, clubbed under the new umbrella term ‘queer,’ show how the contexts of globalization have produced this figure and how it is actually divorced in significant ways from the struggles of sexual minorities on the ground in India.
Specifically investigating the realm of law which has been the foremost area of intervention of the ‘queer movement,’ the lecture offers readings of the Delhi High Court judgement of 2009, which read down Section 377 (which criminalized same-sex activity) and has been perceived as historic. More recent interventions on the sexual violence bill will also be discussed, to demonstrate the actual violence of the ‘queer’ in the context of contemporary India.
Thu, 13 June 2013 | 14-17 h.
Universiteitstheater 1.01A | Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16-18, Amsterdam
What is a Minority?
In this class, we will look at the history of the figure of the minority in the context of the liberal nation-state. When did this idea emerge? What does it mean? What are the limits and the possibilities of the category of the minority? What is the politics of minoritisation? These are some of the questions we will ask and attempt to answer both through the readings below and through my own work on the figure of the minority in contemporary India.
Open to RMA students, PhDs and staff. RMA Students earn 1 EC if they attend both the lecture and the masterclass.
- a) Karl Marx ‘On The Jewish Question’
- b) Hannah Arendt either from On Totalitarianism or Jewish Writings
- c) Elizabeth Povinelli from The Cunning of Recognition
- d) Jacqueline Rose from Proust Among The Nations
- e) Aamir Mufti from Enlightenment and the Colony
Dr. Ashley Tellis is Associate Professor in English at the O.P. Jindal Global University in Haryana, India. His research areas are gender, the literary and minority identities. His PhD at the University of Cambridge was on Contemporary Irish women’s poetry. His postdoctoral work at the University of Arizona’s ‘Sex, Race and Globalisation’ program was on postcolonial same-sex identities in India. He is visiting scholar at the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS) and Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA) in June 2013. He is co-editing a collection of essays with Sruti Bala, titled The Global Careers of Queerness: Re-thinking Same-Sex Politics in the Global South, to be published by Rodopi in their series Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex and Race in Spring 2014.
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