Professor Anjali Arondekar Talk: "Sexuality. Archives. Historiography."
Monday, April 07, 2014
1 - 2:30pm
"Sexuality. Archives. Historiography."
Talk by Professor Anjali Arondekar, UC Santa Cruz
Histories of sexuality routinely mediate past(s) through archival forms of vulnerability, disenfranchisement and marginality. Sexuality is rescued from the detritus of hegemonic histories of colonialism and nationalism and placed within more reparative narratives of reform and rights. This talk engages the emergence of a queer sex worker collectivity in Portuguese India to raise two key questions: What if we are to shift our attention from the reading of sexuality as vulnerability to understanding it as a site of vitalized abundance – even futurity? What happens if we abandon the historical language of search and rescue and focus instead on a history of sexuality that paradoxically foregrounds both its unreliability and its ethical substance?
Anjali Arondekar is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research engages the poetics and politics of sexuality, geopolitics and historiography. Her first book For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive in India was published by Duke University Press in 2009). She is currently at work on her second book-project, Lyrical Summonings: Sexuality, Historiography, South Asia. Professor Arondekar will be teaching a course at CGU this summer session: CLST 445 “Genders/Archives/Histories: An Introduction” (Cross-listed with AWS).