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Bodies, Sexualities, & the Law

a conversation with Flavia Agnes, Rahul Rao, & Dean Spade; moderated by Madhavi Menon

10:30 am ET / 9:00 pm IT

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Any expression of desire and sexuality, in theory and lived experiences, across time and culture, is haunted by the spectre of the law. The laws, supported by the socio-political enforcement of stringent norms, constantly produce bodies and sexualities that become “deviant” and “undesirable.” The most recent manifestations of such laws include one against cross-religious desire in India (commonly referred to as “love jihad”), and the ongoing struggle against abortion bans, and for transgender rights, in the U.S. At the same time, there has also been an expansion of legal recognition to previously marginalized groups, such as the decriminalization of homosexuality in 2018, and the 2014 judgement regarding transgender persons, in India, and the recent recognition of same-sex marriage in the U.S. How do we make sense of these struggles with the law? This panel will seek to unpack the relationship between law and sexuality in the context of contemporary politics and culture.

Part of the Theory and Practice: Transnational Conversations on Gender and Sexuality webinar series — a collaboration between the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University and the Centre for Studies of Gender and Sexuality at Ashoka University (New Delhi) — aimed at TAP-ping into critical and creative energies from around the world, to expand the intellectual and geographical ambit of our conversations around gender and sexuality in relation to politics, rhetoric, and history.

Organized by the Centre for Studies of Gender and Sexuality at Ashoka University and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.

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