Wednesday, April 14

British High Commission organizes workshop on ‘Cross Border Queers’

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Dr Rohit K Dasgupta, University of Loughborough and Dr Churnjeet Mahn, Strathclyde University, UK organised a one-day workshop on ‘Cross Border Queers: The Story of South Asian LGBTQ Migrants in the UK’ in collaboration with the British Deputy High Commission Kolkata in the British Club today.This is the first of a series of workshops being held across South Asia and the UK.

olkata was an obvious choice for starting this process given the city’s strong living bridge links with Britain. The workshop had participants who talked about their experience of being LGBTQ migrants, thoughts and aspirations, border culture and discussing more broadly issues around exile and migration and how it relates to gender and sexuality.

This project, funded by British Academy, addressed the missing history of queer South Asian migration to the UK. The 1960s mark the beginning of an organised LGBTQ civil rights movement in the UK, as well as larger waves of migration to the UK, with those of South Asian descent arriving from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Kenya and Uganda.

Project investigators Dr Rohit K Dasgupta (Loughborough University) and Dr Churnjeet Mahn (Strathclyde University) said, “It is time to tell new, more inclusive stories about the history and experience of South Asian migration to the UK. We hope this project will create a space to hear the voices of people who, over decades, have moved between South Asia and the UK partly to explore the possibilities of queer life across borders. We are excited to be collaborating with the British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata on this project.”

Source: Times of India

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