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Lecture: sexuality in world mythologies and religions

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, "Reading Androgynies: a critique of sexuality in world mythologies and religions" and will be presented by Arnab Dutta Roy.

In this talk, Arnab Dutta Roy will explore the question of sexuality and tradition through a reading of androgyny in certain underexplored Hindu scriptural and folk traditions (for instance, the mythical figure of ‘Ardhanarishvara’ and the mysticism of Chaitanya). His basic aim will be to evaluate the extent to which such a reading can become subversive to existing dogmatic prescriptions of Hindu patriarchy and unreflective heteronormativity. Hence, he will also examine whether such a reading can allow new ways of articulating tradition as inclusive of diverse forms of sexuality and gendered expressions. The alternate understanding of tradition derived from this study will ultimately be related to certain contemporary discussions on Queer studies, particularly addressing questions of social advocacy and representation of the LGBTQ community in India.

Biography: Arnab Dutta Roy is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) at the Literatures, Cultures and Languages department of the University of Connecticut. His research interests include Postcolonial Studies, India Studies, Human Rights, Gender Studies, Posthumanism, Theories of Universals, Narrative and Cognition. Currently, he is writing his dissertation, titled Ethical and Empathic Universals in the Study of Indian Literary Traditions. His works have been published by journals such as the South Asian Review, and Humanities.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


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