Joyraj and Debanuj: queer(y)ing the city

Boyce, P. and Dasgupta, R. K. (2020) Joyraj and Debanuj: queer(y)ing the city. Contemporary South Asia, 28(4), pp. 511-523. (doi: 10.1080/09584935.2020.1842860)

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In this article we want to evoke two characters that each suggest different points of departure for thinking about Kolkata as a queer kind of space. By this we want to evoke something of the sexual geography and life-ways of the city, but to go beyond this standpoint too, to question ways in which ethnographic characters might be evoked in respect of any context, Kolkata or elsewhere. In one sense this is to open out a perception of Kolkata as a scene of many sexual life-worlds, inviting a plural kind of analysis suggestive of a multiplicity of perspectives; persons/subjects each with a unique viewpoint to be captured. The two characters we explore here each draw attention to issues of belonging and migration, of both wanting to move to and away from Kolkata; creating new life-worlds via the city amidst its shifting sexual geographies, class and caste divisions, and wider diasporic connections and fault-lines. Kolkata itself emerges as an attribute of the characterisations to hand: sometimes as distinct mise-en-scene, at others a kind of sensibility or resonance field for understanding self and others.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by Wellcome Trust [grant number 201329/Z/16/Z]; Economic and Social Research Council [grant number RES-061-25-0065].
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dasgupta, Dr Rohit
Authors: Boyce, P., and Dasgupta, R. K.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Contemporary South Asia
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1469-364X
Published Online:20 January 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Contemporary South Asia 28(4): 511-523
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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