6Jan|Tues|6PM|Dancing Against the Law: Critical Moves in Bangalore’s Queer Nightlife

A talk at ALF on  Dancing Against the Law: Critical Moves in Bangalore’s Queer Nightlife by Kareem Khubchandani will  take place this Tuesday, 6th of January, 2015 at 6 pm.
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 essay 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, Kareem will explore the possibility for social dance to model a response to legal and moral policing that justice  systems have refused to grant sexual dissidents.
About the Speaker:
Kareem Khubchandani is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas in Austin. A performer and scholar, his interests include LGBT studies, social and vernacular dance practices, migrant populations, and ethnic/racial minorities, as well as drag performance, storytelling and spoken word.