14 April 2010

Impossible Communities

The panel features a conversation between between Professor Gayatri Gopinath (NYU), DJ-Ashu Rai (Sholay Productions) and DJ Rekha (Bhangra Club). The conversation, "Impossible Communities," will bring up many of the themes that emerged in the first panel, the course and the creation of the books, centered on the art and designer’s role in urban change and the ability for communities to create their own spaces in the city. The focus for the conversation is on the emergence of South Asian Queer Diaspora in NYC in the 1990s, and the ways in which party spaces are used to make social and political interventions that help define immigrant communities in new hybrid formulations. This conversation will be co-sponsored by the Critical Visual Studies Department, Social Science Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute and the South Asian Women's Creative Collective (SAWCC).

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