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Accepted Paper:

Queering the Experiential-Ethnography: Structure of Intersectionality in Cyber Queer Spaces in India.  
Saptarshi Bairagi (University of Delhi)

Paper short abstract:

Through experiential cyber-ethnography, I will try to describe the formation of queer identities in India. Also, I will be queering the methodology of ethnographical research to describe the experiences of intersectional trans queer people in the cyber world through the lens of intersectionality.

Paper long abstract:

Cyber and digital media play an important role to construct the subaltern intersectional queer identities and culture. Not only gender identity but sexuality is also influenced by the virtual world. Social media such as Facebook and Grindr become an important medium to represent cyber-sexual culture among the subaltern queer community. Furthermore, this performative gender and sexuality empowered the queers to raise their voices through digital media, which leads the cross-border movement in Bengal. The queer movements started to be visible in India in 1999 with the Kolkata Friendship walk, primarily to oppose the hetero-patriarchy. Apart from the patriarchy, the Indian society has caste as its oppressive system. In contemporary India, sects of queer people, like "Hindu Queer Alliance", "S.W.A.G", etc are trying to emerge in Savarna queer community with the right-wing ideology, by demolishing the marginalised queer existence, such as Dalit, Adivasi, and Muslim queers.

To understand all these intersectional LGBTQ issues, and to conduct the queer feminist ethnography, we need to go beyond the conventional methodologies. In experiential-netnography, the researcher becomes a character in their research, which provides a reflexive emotionality in the research. This present paper will try to show the structure of intersectionality, caste and patriarchy and the emergence of Brahminism in urban and cyberspaces from the queer eye. I will try to narrate the situations of the Dalit-trans-queer persons' in contemporary urban and cyberspace, through visual narratives. Furthermore, I will describe some grounded concepts, such as, "Gaytiarcy", "Trans Exclusionary Radical Binary Transgender or TERBT", "Trans-Patriarchy", etc.

Panel P124a
(Un)Gendered experiences in the virtual space
  Session 1 Wednesday 27 July, 2022, -