Denison's Gendered Borders Program Hosts Anthropology Researcher
Posted: September 15, 2006
The Denison University Laura C. Harris "Gendered Borders" Program is hosting Gayatri Reddy who will present a lecture on "Sexuality and Its Discontents: Hijras and the Negotiation of Social Differences in South India." Reddy will speak at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday (Sept. 21) in the Burton Morgan Lecture Hall. The Women's Studies Program and the Department of Religion also are sponsoring her visit.
Reddy is an assistant professor in the Gender and Women's Studies Program and in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research lies at the intersections of sexuality, gender, health, and the politics of subject-formation in India, and, more recently, within the immigrant South Asian queer community in the United States. She is the author of "With Respect to Sex: Negotiating Hijjra Identity in South India," an ethnography that explains the problematic representations of "hijras" as the so-called "third sex" of India and challenges the sufficiency of sexuality and gender formation as adequate glosses on hijra identification.
Reddy earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Delhi, India, a master's degree in anthropology at Columbia University and both a master of public health and her doctorate from Emory University. Reddy has earned a variety of fellowships and grants from both the Mellon Foundation and the National Science Foundation. Reddy's publications and public presentations focus on the topics of her research and the hijras. She has presented lectures around the world, including Heidelberg, Germany, Sao Paolo, Brazil, and Chicago. She also has presented papers in Bangkok, Thailand, Melbourne, Australia, and Cleveland.
CALENDAR LISTING: Denison University, Granville -- Gayatri Reddy will lecture on "Sexuality and its Discontents: Hijras and the Negotiation of Social Differences in South India"; 4:30 p.m., Thursday (Sept. 21), Burton Morgan Lecture Hall (150 Ridge Road). Free and open to the public. Call 740-587-6536 to confirm information.
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