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Here versus There: Beyond Comparison in Queer and Sexuality Politics

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Manchester Law School and the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre invite you to join us at our SLSA sponsored event:


Academic-Activist Exigencies in Neoliberal Modernity: Transnationalizing Queer-Feminist Lives

Dr Niharika Banerjea, Ambedkar University Delhi

With discussant, Professor Stephen Whittle, Manchester Metropolitan University

This seminar will focus on the possibilities of academic-activist linkages against the context of neoliberal modernity. Neoliberal modernity, in its cultural manifestations, requires a ‘respectable citizenship code’, which on the one hand is based on civilizational hierarchies of progress and backwardness and on the other, nationalist-fundamentalist imaginaries. I will discuss how academic-activist linkages can interrupt, and has the potential to contest, cultures of neoliberal regimes that either reproduce past colonial hierarchies or are subsumed within violent nationalist agendas.

Drawing from my work-life with Sappho for Equality, a queer-feminist organization in Kolkata and transnational academic collaborations, I will argue that academic-activist transnational collaborations are one way to imagine queer futures. Stories of such collaborations and the narratives included within need to be critically heard and discussed in order to disrupt the assimilation of queer lives into the cultural logics and fantasises of development, state and market.


Niharika Banerjea is Associate Professor at the School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi. Her research and teaching focuses upon transnational feminisms, queer lives and activisms, social theory, and collaborative ethnographies. Her co-edited collection Friendship as Social Justice Activism: Critical Solidarities in a Global Perspective was released by Zed Press in 2018. A second co-edited collection Lesbian Feminisms: Essays Opposing the Global Hetropatriachy will be published in August 2019.

Stephen Whittle is Professor of Equalities Law at Manchester Law School, Manchester Metropolitan University. He was a co-founder of Press for Change (PFC), the UK's trans rights lobby group. He has advised on transgender rights and law in numerous jurisdictions and has authored many academic papers, non-academic articles, several books and writes a regular blog.


Tea and Coffee will be served from 1.30pm, the event will begin at 2pm.


For more information about this event, please contact Kay Lalor - k.lalor@mmu.ac.uk.




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