theory and practice: transnational conversations on gender and sexuality

Theory and Practice (TAP) features scholars and activists from around the world who can speak with one another about ideas of gender and sexuality from both East and West. This series is in collaboration with the Centre for Studies in Gender and Sexuality, New York University, U.S. and brings together a range of thinkers to address global questions of politics, rhetoric and history. The series is aimed at TAP-ing into critical and creative energies from around the world.

Colonialism, Sex, Disease

This webinar focused on questions  related to the complex intermeshings of colonialism and sex in relation to the notion of disease. Given the cultural politics surrounding Covid-19 – the racialized health disparities it lays bare, the anxieties around intimacy and contact that it generates – this session sought to provide a longer historical arc through which to view the pandemic crisis. We explored the complex ways in which understandings of health, disease and contagion have been inextricable from anxieties around race and sex, and the sex of the ‘other’ in particular. 

In doing so, we contextualized the pandemic crisis and traced its pre-history to earlier moments of cultural anxiety around race, sex, disease and contagion. The session featured Sadia Abbas, Charu Gupta and Nayan Shah in conversation. 

Engendering Caste, Sexualizing Race

This webinar focused on questions around Engendering Caste, Sexualizing Race. Race and caste have been described both as being similar and dissimilar. What the two structures share are long histories of violence that have also been gendered and sexualized. Simultaneously effeminised and hyper-masculinised, both caste and race have made evident the illogics of their governing structures. 

This session addressed the broad and complex intersections among caste, race, gender and sex as these concepts continue to inform the cultures and politics of our time. The session featured Sameena Dalwai, Sumit Baudh and Thenmozhi Soundarajan in conversation.