CAS Luncheon Series
Thursday, February 20 at 12:30pm
CASE Room W311
with Nishant Upadhyay

The 2018 Indian Supreme Court judgement decriminalizing homosexuality has been marked as a “decolonial act.” The judgement may be “decolonial” in intent, however there are other simultaneous processes at play which are not so decolonial in praxis; this talk argues that these processes are colonialism, brahminical supremacy, and Islamophobia. Studying recent Hindu nationalist responses in support of decriminalization of homosexuality in India, this article traces how the Hindu right deploys queerness to propagate its Islamophobic, casteist, and homohindunationalist agendas.

A light lunch will be provided.

Nishant Upadhyay is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at CU Boulder