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Oral Presentation
Affinity Workshop: Queer in AI

The possibilities and limits of intersectionality


Inspired by the Combahee River Collective Statement and the pioneering essays of Prof. Kimberlé Crenshaw, this talk suggests some tentative ways to imagine a practice of intersectionality in India. Using Dr. Ambedkar’s remarkable insight into the relation between caste and sexuality, this talk will do a critical reading of Navtej Johar and NALSA judgments by the Supreme Court of India that recognised the equal rights of LGB and T persons. Instead of understanding intersectionality as a catch all solution to political problems, the talk suggests that intersectionality sometimes leaves us with an aporia.

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