Queer Asia 2016 Conference (Day 1) – 10th June 2016

Day 1

10th June, 2016

Venues: Khalili Lecture Theatre(KLT) (Main Building) and B102 (Brunei Gallery)

0830 – 0900 Registration (KLT Foyer)

0900 – 0950 Key Note; “A queer utopia: Love, dissent and empathy in contemporary times” by Arvind Narrain, Geneva Director, ARC International

1000 – 1130 Concurrent Sessions

In Pursuit of Celluloid Happiness (Film Studies)

Venue: KLT (Main Building)

  1. “Queer Film Making Project of KimJo-KwangSoo, To Pursue Happiness towards Queer” JaeWook Ryu (Lancaster University)
  2. “From Fire to Queen: The anti-normative voices of women and the hegemony of signs” J. Daniel Luther (SOAS, University of London)
  3. “Towards a ‘Negative aesthetic’: Bombay Talkies and Queer Futures of popular cinema in India” Sameer Chopra (University of Delhi) (Virtual Presentation)

Transing in Asia (Transgender/ Hijra/ Kothi/ Law)

Venue: B102 (Brunei Gallery)

  1. “‘I am not queer’: representing the ‘queer’ subject in contemporary India”Jennifer Ung Loh (SOAS, University of London)
  2. “Changing the Traditional Body: Queering the Nupo Sabis of Shumang Leela in Meitei Society Sunny Gurumayam (Ambedkar University Delhi)
  3. “The Forced Sterilization of Transgender and Gender Non-conforming People in Singapore” Sherry Sherqueshaa (Project X, Singapore)
  4. “Are Hijras Queer?” Ina Goel (University College London)

1130 – 1145 Quick break and Transition

1145 – 1315 Concurrent Sessions

Trash: From the Margins to the Canvas (Literature/ Art)

Venue: KLT (Main Building)

  1. “The ‘Queer Unwanted’ and ‘Junkification’ in Kim Hyena’s 2012 Novel <정크> (“Junk“)” Allan C. Simpson (SOAS, University of London)
  2. “From Closet to Pride: A 20 Year History of  Queer Art in Vietnam” Cristina Nualart (Universidad Complutense Madrid)
  3. “Art of Failure: the crisis in the expressive practice of a gay painter; Bhupen Khakar Among Friends and within the Elitist Art World” Shivaji Panikkar (Ambedkar University Delhi)
  4. “Queering Art Criticism in the Worldly Kingdom” Brian Curtin (Bangkok University)

Fucking, Buying, Shopping: Moving Markets (Economics/ Governance/ Markets)

Venue: B102 (Brunei Gallery)

  1. “Degrowth: An attempt at decolonising and queering it” Riya Raphael (Lund University)
  2. “Bold is Beautiful: Smart economics and homonormativity in India” Amar Nijhawan (London School of Economics and Political Science)
  3. “Performance Spectacle and the Commodification of Queer Bodies; Live Show on Chinese Gay Social Apps” Wang Shuaishuai (University of Amsterdam)
  4. “Camouflage of Cosmopolitanism: Questing Queer Transnationality in Neo-Liberal China” Ben Lu (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

1315 – 1415 Lunch

1415 – 1545 Concurrent Sessions

Coming Undone! (Law)

Venue: KLT (Main Building)

  1. “Critical Role of the Working Group to Amend the Criminal Code of Mongolia in Prohibiting Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” Otgonbaatar Tsedendemberel (Mahidol University)
  2. “Heteronormativity and Family: the Move from Status to Contract in Matrimonial Laws in India” Kavana Ramaswamy (O. P. Jindal Global University)
  3. “The Production of Queer Spaces” Karan Katoch (University of Oxford)
  4. “Sexual Diversity and the Legal Frame in Iraq and Kurdistan Region” Amir Ashour (Iraqueer)

Vanity Fair: Werk, Twerk and Flaunt it! (New Media/ Social Media)

Venue: B102 (Brunei Gallery)

  1. “Queering Gender: The Zhongxing (Neutral Gender/ Sex) Phenomenon in Hong Kong and Urban China” Eva Cheuk-Yin Li (King’s College London)
  2. “Performing the closet: gay anti-identities in Singaporean a capella choirs” Shzr Ee Tan (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  3. Ghar wapsi and the politics of caste and queer at Bombay Pride” Jacquelyn Strey (SOAS, University of London)
  4. “Queering and camping up politics in Singapore community theatre: News Busters, the commedia dell’arte of Drama Box” How Wee Ng (SOAS, University of London)

1545 – 1600 Tea Break

1600 – 1730 Concurrent Sessions

Queerglossia I (Religion/ Linguistics)

Venue: KLT (Main Building)

  1. “A Queer Postcolonial Critique of LGBT-Inclusive Churches in Taiwan” Wei-Jen Chen (Chicago Theological Seminary)
  2. “Sinoglossia Incarnate: The Entanglements of Castration across the Pacific” Howard Chiang (University of Warwick)
  3. “(No longer) His Master’s Voice” Sachin Jain (Gaylaxy Magazine)

Queerglossia II (Theatre/ Caste)

Venue: B102 (Brunei Gallery)

  1. “‘Queer thinking’ in the early twentieth century China” Miha Fugina (London School of Economics and Political Science)
  2. “The Politics of Powerlessness and Otherness in East Asia: From Queer Assemblage to Rainbow Coalition” Po-Han Lee (University of Sussex)
  3. “Fieldwork, gender, sexuality and the dilemmas of ‘fitting in’in the rural Indian context” Regina Hansda (University of Cambridge)
  4. “Performing Sexuality on Cyberspace: Understanding Viral Politics of Pink Chaddi Campaign (2009) and Gay for a Day (2013)” Priyam Ghosh (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

1730 – 1900 Drinks Reception and Social

Venue: Kamran Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT, Main building)

Tickets available on eventbrite here

Queer Asia 2016 Conference (Day 2) – 11th June 2016

Day 2

11th June, 2016 | Venue: DLT (Kamran Djam Lecture Theatre, Main building)

10:00 – 10:30 – Registration in the DLT Foyer

10:30 – 12:00 – … Ebang Bewarish ( … And the Unclaimed) (Film Screening)

Directed by Debalina
Post screening talk and discussion on LGB representations in Hindi cinema and in New Media in India.
Chair: Prof. Rachel Dwyer (SOAS, University of London) and J.Daniel Luther (SOAS, University of London)

More information here

12:00 – 13:00- Lunch Break

13:15 – 14: 45-  ‘How Gay is Pakistan’ (Film Screening)

Directed by Masood Khan
Post Screening dialogue with Masood Khan, Mawaan Rizwan and Asifa Lahore
Chair: Fabian Hartwell (SOAS, University of London)

More information here

14:45 – 15:15- Break

15:15 – 17:00 – International Premiere of China LGBT documentary, Papa Rainbow,

Directed by Fan Popo
Post-screening dialogue/Q&A with director
Chair: Dr Luke Robinson (University of Sussex)

More information here

17:00 – 19:00- Out and Coming in ‘Queer’ Asia: Identity, Developments and Challenges (Panel Discussion)

Venue: KLT (Khalili Lecture Theatre, Main building)


  1. Amir Ashour, Founder, IraQueer (Iraq’s first and only LGBTQ+ Organization)
  2. Bryan Choong, Consultant and Former Executive Director, Oogachaga Counselling and Support (Singapore’s largest Support Organization for LGBTQ People)
  3. Dr. He Xiaopei, Executive Director, Pink Space, Sexuality Research Centre, Beijing, China
  4. Ghiwa Sayegh, Lebanese Feminist Activist and Researcher, Founder and Editor in Chief of Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research at the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality
  5. Victoria Hsu, Co-founder and CEO of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR)
    Chair: Aapurv Jain (SOAS, University of London)

19:00 – Performance by Asifa Lahore (Britain’s First Muslim Drag queen) and Drinks Reception.

Venue: Junior Common Room (JCR, SOAS, Main Building)