Being Queer Feminists in Delhi: Narratives of (non)Belonging

  • Niharika Banerjea School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi, India, 110006
Keywords: queer-feminist activisms/activist spaces, Delhi, emotionality, (non)belonging


The ground of urban queer activisms in India is contested, shifting and informed by boundaries of class, caste, and location. Within that, queer feminist activism has a long journey, in connection with women’s rights groups, feminist collectives and organizations, and queer/LBT/LGBT/trans*collectives and organizations. Against this backdrop, the article focuses on aspects of being queer feminist academic/activists in Delhi, as a way to include the lens of emotionalities in a discussion of urban queer activisms and activist spaces. With Rituparna (queer feminist activist) I, (academic-activist) reflect on our emotionalities through the question of (non)belonging. The lens of (non)belonging is used as an entry point into emerging discussions around activisms, emotions and urban spaces in the everyday. The paper argues that an accounting of (non)belonging in a theorization of urban queer activisms may help to understand how the doing of activisms is tied up with the senses and materialities of deeply gendered spaces that go into the production of the queer feminist subject.


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