QAFF18: Censorship and Queer Production (Panel)

Closing Panel

Date: 29th June 2018. Time: 1530-1630. Venue: The British Museum, BP Lecture Theatre.

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Cultural production including films, web series, magazines, and art are often the subject of censorship. At the closing panel we interrogate the ways in which censorship works to curtail queer cultural production in different contexts across Asia. How do queers negotiate and resist censorship, what strategies do they adopt as resistance and compromise? Furthermore, we probe the various anxieties that censorship as an institutionalised and legalised form of cultural regulation reveals.


Jayan Cherian: Born in Kerala, India, Jayan’s films have screened at Berlin International Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, BFI London Lesbian Gay Film Festival, NARA International Film Festival, Kolkata International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival and many other major festivals around the globe and won several awards. Jayan’s filmography includes: Ka Bodyscapes(2016), Papilio Buddha(2013), and Shape of the Shapeless (2010). Jayan Published four collections of poetry in Malayalam Ayodhanaththinte Achuthantu (Axis of Combat) (1996), Ayanam Vachana Rekhayil (Journey on the line of verse)(1999) Polymorphism (2002), and Pachakku (Like it is) (2006).

Kit Hung: Kit graduated with an M.F.A. from the Department of Film, Video and New Media, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lecturer of the Academy of film, Hong Kong Baptist University, his films have won numerous international awards and were screened at over 120 international film festivals. His debut feature “Soundless Wind Chime” was nominated for the Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, released in more than 16 countries in 6 languages. He is currently a research student in the department of Media and Communication in the Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.

Ghiwa Sayegh: Ghiwa Sayegh is the co-founder of Intersectional Knowledge (IKP) Publishers and the editor in chief of Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research, the main publication of IKP. Ghiwa is also a member of RESURJ – Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice.

Dr. Rahul Rao: Rahul Rao has research interests in international relations theory, the international relations of South Asia, comparative political thought, and gender and sexuality. He is currently working on a book on queer postcolonial temporality. His first book Third World Protest: Between Home and the World (Oxford University Press, 2010) explored the relationship between cosmopolitanism and nationalism in postcolonial protest. He was previously a Term Fellow in Politics at University College, Oxford. He has a law degree from the National Law School of India University, and read for a doctorate in international relations at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.