Understanding South Asian Male Genders and Same-sex Sexualities: An Intersectional Approach - Prof Roshan dasNair

Monday 7th December 2015
2.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Garendon Room, Charles Wilson Building, University of Leicester campus

Much of the psychology and healthcare literature on gender and sexuality tends to view these constructs as singular and independent, and seeks to explore inter-group differences. This approach minimizes the intra-group differences, tensions, and politics, by homogenising peoples and their experiences – particularly amongst minority or discriminated-against groups. Intersectionality is a helpful framework that exposes some of these micro-practices, highlights the ruptures within identity-based groups, and examines how people negotiate multiple (sometimes conflicting) identities.  

This talk will explore the intersections of ethnicity, sexuality, and gender, mostly from a South Asian male perspective. Using data from web blogs, television adverts, films, and based on stories from the clinic and the field, I will suggest some ways in which gender and sexuality are assessed by ‘the other’ through reading the South Asian body and its embodiment.

Roshan dasNair is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham. He has a keen interest in discourses around sexuality and ethnicity, and has worked in the field of sexual health in Zambia, India, and the UK. He was the Editor in Chief of Psychology of Sexualities Review, served on the editorial board of Journal of Lesbian Studies, is currently Associate Editor for Psychology & Sexuality, and Sexual and Relationship Therapy, and is a trustee of biUK. His co-edited book Intersectionality, Sexuality, and Psychological Therapies: Working with lesbian, gay, and bisexual diversity was published by Wiley in 2012.

Email Carl Gudgeon (cmg16@le.ac.uk) to book a place on this free seminar