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K-State Today

November 19, 2014



Roshanravan presents at 2014 National Women's Studies Association

By Melisa Posey

Shireen Roshanravan and Pedro DiPietro with Chandra Mohanty and Maria Lugones

Shireen Roshanravan, associate professor of American ethnic studies, presented "The Politics of Respect in Queer India and its Diaspora" at the 2014 annual conference of the National Women's Studies Association, Nov. 13-16, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Her presentation was part of a panel focused on gender transition and gender nonconformance with a particular attentiveness to geopolitical hierarchies generated by the "North/South" divide. Roshanravan, with co-panelists Hilary Malatino, women's studies at East Tennessee State, and Pedro DiPietro, women's and gender studies at Syracuse University, offered meditations on queer mestizaje, hijra identity in South Asian diaspora, and the eugenic/colonial roots of contemporary gender-mutating pharmaceuticals to understand ways of being that are disloyal to the gendered logics of coloniality.