Event preview: Impossible Desire

Tomorrow brings us our final event of what has been a very busy and very successful term. In a way, we are returning to the group’s origins as we host a reading group based on Gayatri Gopinath’s book Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Culture.

The session will focus on Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, e-copies of which can be found on our university webpage. The first chapter acts as an introduction to the rest of the book whilst the second chapter deals with ‘Communities of sound: queering South Asian popular music in the diaspora’.

This session closes a run of several events based around queerness in South East Asia, which have included film screenings, reading groups, and even a launch event for Queer Asia’s recent publication Queer Asia: Decolonising and Reimagining Sexuality and Gender.

From our very first session back in June 2018 where we analysed, amongst other texts, Howard Chiang’s piece ‘Archiving peripheral Taiwan’ and our first film screening (‘Ka Bodyscapes‘), we have explored many facets of queerness in a part of the world too often overlooked in Western scholarship – both in queer studies itself and academic research more generally.

Tomorrow’s session takes place from 13.00-14.00 in S0.09 (Social Sciences). Light refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there as we round off the term.

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