Webinar on Reading: The Queer in Ambedkar

  • Part of the Dalit History Month series hosted by SASAS Germany and the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung

On the 130th anniversary of Dalit scholar and social reformer B. R. Ambedkar’s birth, Aroh’s presentation will highlight the legacy that Ambedkar left behind for Queer movements. It will draw on arguments Ambedkar made that were inherently not only anti-caste but also critical of patriarchy, highlighting space for queer interpretations of their laws and decisions that can retrospectively be read as pro-queer, histories where anti-caste and queer movements have intersected, and most importantly, how Dalit Queer peoples have breathed new life into Ambedkarite and Queer activism, academia and the arts.

Aroh Akunth is a Dalit-Queer interdisciplinary artist currently completing a Master’s degree in Modern Indian Studies at the University of Göttingen. Some of their collaborative works can be found at the Dalit Queer Project and Dalit Art Archive. The discussion will be moderated by Swati Kamble.

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