Upcoming Seminar on Understanding South Asian Male Genders & Same-sex Sexualities: An Intersectional Approach

The Department are very pleased to announce that the next Psychology Cultures Seminar will be delivered by Professor Roshan das Nair on Monday 7th December, 2.30-4.30pm at the Charles Wilson Building, University of Leicester.

The seminar will focus on the intersectionalities of ethnicity, gender and  same-sex sexualities. Psychology and healthcare professionals tend to view these constructs as singular and independent,  and seek to explore inter-group differences. This approach minimizes 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, the audience will be invited to consider some ways in which gender and sexuality are assessed by ‘the other’ through reading the South Asian body and its embodiment.

Roshan das Nair 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.

Gareth Morgan, November 2015

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