Beyond Binaries – Cohort 2.0: Theme- LGBTQIA+ Narratives #WeAre!

Beyond Binaries – Cohort 2.0: Theme- LGBTQIA+ Narratives #WeAre!
Beyond Binaries – Cohort 2.0: Theme- LGBTQIA+ Narratives #WeAre!

Beyond Binaries – Cohort 2.0: Theme- LGBTQIA+ Narratives #WeAre!

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Beyond Binaries – Cohort 2.0: Theme- LGBTQIA+ Narratives #WeAre! | An Online International Summer School Program | A One-Month Immersive Online Certificate Training Course | June 2024 | IMPRI #WebPolicyLearning

On the occasion of Pride Month June 2024, #IMPRI Gender Impact Studies Center (GISC)IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi, invites you to #WebPolicyLearning

An Online International Summer School Program

A One-Month Immersive Online Certificate Training Course on

Beyond Binaries – Cohort 2.0:
Theme- LGBTQIA+ Narratives #WeAre!

Details of the #WebPolicyLearning:
Dates: June (2, 9, 16, 23, 30), 2024
Five Consecutive Sundays
Time: 4 – 6:30 p.m. IST
Platform: Zoom

Course FeeINR 6000 (inclusive of GST)
Discounted Fee: Professionals: INR 4500 | Students: INR 3500
Special 20 percent discount for IMPRI Alumni.
Bulk Discounts can be availed for groups of more than 5 participants belonging to relevant stakeholder organisations and academic, and research-based institutions.
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‘I am what I am, so take me as I am’.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In light of the recent Marriage Equality judgement in the Supreme Court that denied same-sex couples the right to marry, it is important to equip ourselves with the right analytical tools and frameworks to grasp the complexities of LGBTQIA+ issues in India. A historical overview of the LGBTQIA+ community in India and their journey of trials and tribulations through the long legal battles coupled with the prevailing sociocultural stigma needs to be examined to understand the role of the state and its responses in terms of public policy towards sexual minorities. This One-Month Immersive Online Certificate Training Course will be a potent tool for engagement, persuasion, coalition-building, and perception shaping within LGBTQIA+ rights and equality. It will render complex issues pertinent to the community comprehensible and relatable, facilitating engagement among policymakers and the broader public. An instrument in building coalitions among diverse stakeholders, uniting queer individuals, allies, and advocacy groups behind a common cause, shared narratives of resilience, identity, and belonging foster solidarity and amplify collective voices in policy advocacy efforts. Additionally, shapes perceptions of LGBTQ+ issues, influencing public opinion, media discourse, and policy debates. The horizons of the course will extend to include health disparities and exacerbating global inequalities in this domain. Questions of inclusivity and legalisation will be addressed in recognition of their rights. 

Therefore, building on the success of the first cohort of Beyond Binaries: Understanding Sexual Identities and Queer Rights in India, this course, by centring diverse queer narratives, mobilises policymakers to challenge stereotypes, dismantle stigmas, and promote greater social acceptance and inclusion. Thus, it legitimises queer-inclusive policies by providing compelling justifications rooted in equality, dignity, and justice principles.

Apart from being a lecture series, the course will provide a safe space where consent is at its core. It will include film discussions and interactive sessions where participants can interact openly with the panelists and each other. This course will be conducted by expert resource persons comprising legal practitioners, civil society activists, professionals, and academics. In all its attempts to emerge as a global power, it is high time India sets an example on the international stage of the value of building a positive, discrimination-free, and safe space for the LGBTQ+ community.

For Whom

This course is for anyone with a keen interest in Sexuality, Gender and Queer studies and issues. Working professionals, practitioners, civil society members, health workers, activists, researchers, post-graduate and undergraduate students, and those interested would benefit from this course.

Benefits of this Course

Participants would:
• Learn from globally and nationally renowned thematic experts and practitioners
• Gain first-hand insights and networking opportunities
• Get course outline and reading list from the experts for learning
• Get access to session videos for 15 days
• Receive a certificate of completion
• Have the opportunity to publish their essays on the IMPRI Insights Blog, which features the articles of eminent people from around the globe.

Upon successful completion of the program, each participant will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Beyond Binaries Cohort 2.0 2

Program Experts

Chair: Prof Vibhuti PatelVisiting Distinguished Professor, IMPRI

C Moulee, Editor, Queer Chennai Chronicles; Festival director and Curator, Queer LitFest, Chennai; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategist & Consultant

Prince Manvinder Singh Gohil, Chairperson, Lakshaya Trust

Ragamalika Karthikeyan, Editor, The News Minute in India; Project Lead,  Inqlusive Newsrooms.

Harish IyerHead DE&I, Axis Bank; Equal Rights Activist; Core advisory committee, LGBT issues, NHRC

Adv Rohin Bhatt, Non-Binary Queer Rights Activist, Lawyer and Bioethicist

Grace Banu, First Transgender Engineer, Transgender Rights Activist, Anti-Caste Activist, Writer, Theatre performer

Raj Mariwala, Director, Mariwala Health Intiative (MHI)

Dr Dhiren Borisa, Dalit queer activist, Poet, and Urban sexual geographer; Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School, India

Rituparna BorahCo-Director, Nazariya, A Queer Feminist Resource Group, New Delhi

Dr Debolina Dey, School of Arts and Sciences, Azim Premji University

Rituparna NeogQueer Rights ActivistFounder & Director, Akam Foundation, Queer Intersectional Feminist, Storyteller

Dr Aqsa ShaikhAssociate Professor, Community Medicine, Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences & ResearchNew Delhi

Dr Shohini Ghosh, Sajjad Zaheer Professor of Media, AJK Mass Communication Research Center, Jamia Millia Islamia

Maya Awasthy, Co-founder Transgender Welfare Equity and Empowerment Trust (tweet) Foundation

Prof Vibhuti PatelVisiting Distinguished Professor, IMPRI
Dr Simi MehtaCEO and Editorial Director, IMPRI
Ms Vithita Jha, Assistant Director, IMPRI
Dr Arjun KumarDirector, IMPRI

Program Time Structure

Program Time Structure
On the occasion of Pride Month, June 2024
Beyond Binaries – Cohort 2.0
Theme: LGBTQIA+ Narratives #WeAre!
An Online International Summer School Program
A One-Month Immersive Online Certificate Training Course
June (2, 9, 16, 23, 30) 2024 | Zoom | 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. IST
Five Consecutive Sunday Evenings
IMPRI #WebPolicyLearning
Time SlotTopicsExpert
Day 1 | June 2, 2024 (Sunday)
4:00 – 4:20 PMChair’s Opening RemarksProf Vibhuti Patel
4:20 -5:00 PMThe Nuances of Gender & Sexuality: Political Dynamics in Contemporary SocietyC Moulee
5:00 – 6:00 PMReigning Authenticity: Embracing Identity in RoyaltyPrince Manvinder Singh Gohil
6:00 – 6:45 PMDirecting the narrative: How journalism can change queer livesRagamalika Karthikeyan
6:45 – 7:00 PMParticipants IntroTeam
Day 2 | June 9, 2024 (Sunday)
4:00 – 4:10 PMChair’s Session Opening RemarksProf Vibhuti Patel
4:10 – 5:00 PMEmbracing Equality: Advancing LGBTQIA+ Rights in Professional LandscapeHarish Iyer
5:00 – 5:45 PMCan Queer Liberation be achieved solely through the Law?Adv Rohin Bhatt
5:45 – 6:30 PMA Tale of Trials and Triumphs: Enabling Inclusivity for LGBTQIA+ CommunityGrace Banu
Day 3 | June 16, 2024 (Sunday)
4:00 – 4:10 PMChair’s Session Opening RemarksProf Vibhuti Patel
4:10 – 5:00 PMA Shift from Being Queer Friendly to Queer Affirmative: Mental Health and its Intersection with Marginalized CommunitiesRaj Mariwala
5:00 – 5:45 PMMapping Desire: Exploring Urban Sexual GeographyDhiren Borisa
5:45 – 6:30 PMBody Image and Self-Worth: Sexuality in MediaRituparna Borah
Day 4 | June 23, 2024 (Sunday)
4:00 – 4:10 PMChair’s Session Opening RemarksProf Vibhuti Patel
4:10 – 5:00 PMArchiving Activism: Reclaiming Queer Rhetorics of ResistanceDr Debolina Dey
5:00 – 5:45 PMRural Queer Realities: Building Community and Advocacy in IndiaRituparna Neog
5:45 – 6:30 PMTrans-Affirmative Healthcare: Disparities, Interventions and OutcomesDr Aqsa Shaikh
Day 5 | June 30, 2024 (Sunday)
4:00 – 4:10 PMChair’s Session Opening RemarksProf Vibhuti Patel
4:10 – 5:00 PMPopular Culture and Queer RepresentationProf Shohini Ghosh
5:00 – 5:45 PMQueer Spaces and Social Construction: Image of Indian Queer CultureMaya Awasthy
5:45 – 6:15 PMInteractive & Feedback Session with ParticipantsTeam
6:15 – 6:30 PMChair’s Closing Remarks

Participants List & Details

Participants List & Details
Beyond Binaries – Cohort 2.0: LGBTQIA+ Narratives #WeAre!
An Online International Summer School Program
A One-Month Immersive Online Certificate Training Course
June 2024 | Zoom | 4-6:30 pm
Five Consecutive Sundays
IMPRI #WebPolicyLearning
Abhimanyu Kumar SharmaStudent, also Founder and DirectorChange Social Mindset (unregistered)Chennai
Anupriya KumariResearch ScholarCentral University of South BiharGaya
Arya K SAssistant ProfessorCHRIST (Deemed to be University)Bangalore
Darshana HazarikaProgram AssociateAkam FoundationDibrugarh
Deepak NikaljeProgram LeadCoro IndiaMumbai
Dr Nandini muraliVP, Learning & ResearchAvtarChennai
Dr Shirin Abbas
Dr Shreya PandeyAssistant ProfessorSt. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), RanchiRanchi
Dr. Devika PAssistant ProfessorKumaraguru College of Liberal Arts and ScienceCoimbatore
Girisha KambojMaster’s Student (Pursuing Post-Grad)NMIMS MumbaiMumbai
Gouhar PirzadaChairpersonSTEP Skills Development FoundationLahore
Himanshu ChouhanGroup ManagerAirbusBangalore
Jade CarvalhoAssistant ProfessorKishinchand Chellaram College (KC College, Mumbai)Mumbai
Kangkana DeviResearch Scholar (JRF)Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open UniversityGuwahati
Kanishk KalaClinical PsychologistSelf-employedDehradun
Kiran BhairannavarAssociate professorDelhi School of Economics, University of DelhiDelhi
Malavika Sunil KaripparaAssistant ProfessorKumaraguru College of Liberal Arts and ScienceCoimbatore
ManishaResearch ScholarCentral University of RajasthanNew Delhi
Manjari NandyAssistant ProfessorThe Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, VadodaraVadodara
Mumtaz ShaikhCo-lead grassroots movmentCoro IndiaMumbai (maharshtra)
Nitin KambleProgram LeadCORO INDIAChembur, Mumbai, Mahatashtra
Nitin SaxenaManager HRIndia Health Action Trust (UP TSU)City (Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh)
Padma Prasad SharmaCommunity Mobilizer and Library InchargeAkam FoundationBongal Gaon, Dibrugarh
Pallav SMx.Azim Premji University, BangaloreDelhi
Pallavi PalavLead GenderCORO IndiaMumbai
Parijit MahapatraProgram AssociateAkam FoundationDibrugarh
Priyanka BoraResearch ScholarAssam Women’s UniversityJorhat ,Assam
Rahul GawareLead -Leadership Development ProgramCORO IndiaMumbai
Rimashree BorahResearch ScholarJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew Delhi
Rohini kadamRight To Pee ActivistCORO IndiaMumbai
Rushali DishaCoro India .Organization RepresentetedCoro India OrganizationMumbai
Sanskriti S MaityStudentBanaglore
Santana KhanikarAssistant ProfessorJNUDelhi
Shinoy PanigrahiDEI OfficerBangalore
SHRUTIStudentJawaharlal Nehru UniversityDarbhanga
Silpa G NairResearch ScholarBharathiar University, CoimbatoreCoimbatore
Soham BiswasContent EditorDelhi
Soumi DeyPassed out (PG)University of CalcuttaBagnan
Supriya JanCO lead grassroot knowledge buildingCORO INDIAMumbai
Swathi Priya DAssistant ProfessorKumaraguru College of Liberal Arts and ScienceCoimbatore
Swati DuggalResearch ScholarUniversity of DelhiNew Delhi

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