MAI Roundtable – “Let a hundred flowers bloom”: Exploring Gender and Sexual Diversity in China and India

Date/Time: Thu 25 Aug / 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Caulfield Campus, Building B, Room B4.37

Monash Asia Institute Roundtable Series

Studying Sex and Sexualities: Exploring Trans-Asian Approaches

Let a hundred flowers bloom“: Exploring gender and sexual diversity in China and India

This seminar series brings together various scholars from different disciplines to generate discussions on studying issues of sex and sexualities from a trans- Asian perspective. Globalisation has enabled the increasing visibility of trans-border gender and LGBT issues in Asia such as human trafficking, vulnerability to armed conflicts and disasters, violence against women and LGBT, gender/ sexuality workplace inequalities and same-sex marriage. Building on the success of the inaugural seminar ( reconsidering-masculinities-and-femininities-in-the-southeast-asian-context-2/), this second instalment focuses on critical research around LGBT research in Asia using case studies in China and India. It showcases three research studies that offer novel insights to sex and sexualities in Asia through the lens of language, spatiality and political economy. Importantly, these studies, by interrogating gender and sexual identities in China and India, underscore the great diversity to and research promise in employing a comparative lens to draw out trans- Asian challenges and solutions relating to sex and sexualities.

Each speaker is given fifteen to twenty minutes to discuss the key themes of the roundtable drawing on their research projects, methodologies and disciplinary backgrounds. Each speaker will also respond to other speakers’ projects from a trans-Asian perspective. There will also be time for questions and comments from the audience.
Moderator: Maria Tanyag (Monash University)

Dr Mridula Nath Chakraborty (Monash University)
Dr Mridula Nath Chakraborty is Deputy Director of the Monash Asia Institute at Monash University. Mridula has convened high-impact projects in literary-cultural diplomacy between Australia and India.
Karen Parker (ARCSHS, La Trobe University)
Karen Parker is a researcher in LGBTI issues at Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) in La Trobe University. Her background is in linguistics and her PhD is a descriptive grammar of a tribal language of Arunachal Pradesh spoken in North East India and Myanmar. Karen’s main area of focus is on the intersection of language, gender and sexuality in the context of contemporary India
Keren Yi (University of Melbourne)
Keren is a postgraduate student at the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne. His research interests include gender and sexuality, social media, and Asian cultural studies.


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