Queer Intimacies: Friendship, Love, and Desire in Social Justice Movements

In celebration of their new book, Friendship as Social Justice Activism, and the forthcoming paperback edition of their Queering Digital India, Debanuj Dasgupta and Rohit Dasgupta will discuss the ways in which friendship, love, and desire serve as kinetics for social justice movements in South Asia, diaspora communities, and beyond, and how organizing within friendship circles, online as much in the physical world, offers new ways of dreaming and struggling for a just, equitable and more caring world.

Debanuj DasGupta is Assistant Professor of Geography and Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Connecticut. Debanuj’s research and teaching focuses on racialized regulation of space, queer migrations, sexuality, and HIV. In 1994, Debanuj founded the first HIV prevention program for men who have sex with men, gay men, and transgender women in Kolkata. Since relocating to the United States, Debanuj has organized LGBT immigrants & asylum seekers in the New York tristate area.

Rohit Dasgupta is Program Director and Senior Lecturer on the Global Communications and Development program at the Institute for Media and Creative Industries where he teaches across a range of modules in communication and cultural studies. As an ethnographer his work cuts across several disciplines with particular interests in South Asia, queer identities, activism and politics.