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Labouring Dance, Labouring Performance: Interdisciplinary Conversations on Erotic Dancing in India

July 2020  Panel 1:  Historicizing Bar/Erotic Dancing in India Chair and moderator: Sutapa Majumdar, King’s College London, Dickson Poon School of Law Discussant:  Bishnupriya Dutt, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi  Public Lecture :Liminal spaces in Indian cities and the consumption of sexual entertainment in India today  Panel 2:  Feminist Discourse and the Political Economy of Bar/Erotic Dancing… Continue Reading “Labouring Dance, Labouring Performance: Interdisciplinary Conversations on Erotic Dancing in India”

Street, Footpath, Gated Community: Masculinity, Pornography and the Erotics of Tradition and Modernity

July 2020 – Public Lecture by Sanjay Srivastava  This talk explores the relationship between urban spaces and the narratives of contemporary Indian pornography. The broader context of the discussion concerns relationships between new cultures of consumerism and space, changing class configurations, and narratives of sexual… Continue Reading “Street, Footpath, Gated Community: Masculinity, Pornography and the Erotics of Tradition and Modernity”

Precarious Pasts, Emancipatory Futures: Interdisciplinary Conversations on Sex Work in India

July 22 – 24 2020  In July 2020, we at the Laws of Social Reproduction Project held a three-day interdisciplinary workshop on the state of sex work-related research and mobilisation in India. The workshop had an exciting range of panellists from activist, legal and academic… Continue Reading “Precarious Pasts, Emancipatory Futures: Interdisciplinary Conversations on Sex Work in India”

Paid Domestic Work as “Decent Work”: Inter-Disciplinary – Conversations in the Indian Context

18 – 20th August 2020  Visibility and Value at Work First Annual Lecture on the Laws of Social Reproduction 18th August 2020 – Professor Kerry Rittich Feminists have long troubled the status of reproductive work, arguing for the recognition of its value and the sharing of its burdens.… Continue Reading “Paid Domestic Work as “Decent Work”: Inter-Disciplinary – Conversations in the Indian Context”

Troubling Gifts: Revisiting the Indian ART and Surrogacy Bills

October 2020  Speaker: Since the 1970s, assisted reproductive technologies (ART) have offered a unique opportunity for millions of infertile individuals and couples around the world to complete their families. However, ART and related processes like surrogacy give rise to a range of legal and… Continue Reading “Troubling Gifts: Revisiting the Indian ART and Surrogacy Bills”

India’s First National Time-Use Survey 2019: Critical Perspectives

November 2020  Women in India spend up to 352 minutes per day on domestic work which is 577 per cent more than men (52 minutes) (OECD). Making women’s “invisible” unpaid work “visible” through the use of Time-Use Survey (TUS) is one of the most… Continue Reading “India’s First National Time-Use Survey 2019: Critical Perspectives”

Surrogacy as Reproductive Labour – Shifting Registers of Recognition

11th December 2020  We approach surrogacy through the lens of social reproduction alongside our study of other forms of women’s reproductive labour including sex work, erotic dancing, paid domestic work and unpaid domestic work. As materialist feminists theorising surrogacy in these terms, participants debated… Continue Reading “Surrogacy as Reproductive Labour – Shifting Registers of Recognition”

Engaging with Dalit- Bahujan perspectives on work and labour in paid domestic work

December 2020Lotika Singha, University of Wolverhampton  The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed how India’s caste system remains entrenched in everyday life, with many domestic workers being treated as a ‘necessary threat’. It is widely agreed that regulation of domestic work from a labour rights’ perspective is… Continue Reading “Engaging with Dalit- Bahujan perspectives on work and labour in paid domestic work”

Legalizing sex: sexual minorities, AIDS, and citizenship in India

August 2020  As part of our Conversations on Social Reproduction Seminar, we had Prof. Chaitanya Lakkimsetti present on her recent book, Legalizing Sex: Sexual Minorities, AIDS, and Citizenship in India, with comments from Dr. Shakthi Nataraj. Here we share the recording of the seminar,… Continue Reading “Legalizing sex: sexual minorities, AIDS, and citizenship in India”