Dancing Against the Law: Critical Moves in Bangalore’s Queer Nightlife

Friday 3/27@2 PM in WIN 2.112
Dr. Kareem Khubchandani, Dancing Against the Law: Critical Moves in Bangalore’s Queer Nightlife”
For Bangalore’s gay middle class communities, the social and legal policing of queer identities is made doubly stringent by sanctions against social dance in nightclubs and bars. This lecture moves between nightclubs and kothas, house parties and seedy bars, to document the perpetual displacement of queer subjects from public spaces. Using cultural analysis, ethnography, interview, and performance historiography, Dr. Khubchandani explores the possibility for social dance to model a response to legal and moral policing that justice systems have refused to grant sexual dissidents.
Kareem Khubchandani (Ph.D., Performance Studies, Northwestern) is the Embrey Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s and Gender Studies at UT.