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Madhavi Menon is Professor of English and Director for the Centre of Studies in Gender and Sexuality at Ashoka University. Her most recent book is titled Infinite Variety: A History of Desire in India (2018), and she is currently at work on finishing a book titled The Law of Desire.

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History of desire in India

On 28th Nov - 5.00 pm to 5.40 pm

Contrary to our current impression of India as a prudish and puritanical country in matters of sexuality, the Indic subcontinent has been home to several exciting ideas about desire. Not only do many of these ideas -- about transgender people, same-sex desire, women’s sexuality, among others -- seem startlingly risqué to us today. But they also remind us that desire was a matter of everyday concern and consideration rather than an esoteric subject of study.


Panel on - Desire and Sexuality, an unseen side of Society (Educating the Educated)

On 28th Nov - 6.00 pm to 6.40 pm