Visiting Sexuality Studies Scholar Annual Lecture explores queer and trans masculinities

Naveen Minai is a visiting scholar in sexuality studies at York University. She will deliver the Visiting Sexuality Studies Scholar Annual Lecture titled,“The Desi Butch Archive: Refusals, Reworking, Reimagining.” The event takes place March 12, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Harry Crowe Room, 109 Atkinson at the Keele Campus.

Naveen Minai

Minai’s project examines queer and trans South Asian and South Asian American and Canadian masculinities as sites and forms of intimacy, collectivity, genealogy, desire and kinship that point to the ways in which space, sexuality and gender are co-constitutive, especially transnational logics of land, home and diaspora.

Her work on desi butch intervenes in this gap in debates about sexuality, nation and land in South Asia by examining desi, butch and desi butch as potential analytics, including the points, spaces and forms in which settler colonial, postcolonial and neocolonial forms of power intersect.

Minai has a PhD in gender and sexuality studies from UCLA and her work focuses on queer and trans masculinities of colour, transnational sexuality studies, diaspora studies, global literary and visual cultures and digital humanities.

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The event is held in an accessible space and everyone welcome. It is co-sponsored by Sexuality Studies and the Centre for Feminist Research.