Food for Thought: Faculty Q&A with Prof. Claire Pamment
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Performed by socially marginalized gender variant hijra and khwaja sira communities in South Asia, the badhai repertoire includes songs, dances, prayers and comic repartee that customarily commemorate births, weddings, and other celebratory heteronormative occasions. Professor Pamment considers badhai’s negotiations across restrictive social scripts, taking place within the changing landscape of transnational LGBTQIA+ movements and religious nationalism.
About Professor Pamment:
Professor Pamment is a 2021-22 Coco Faculty Fellow. In addition to her home department, she is affiliated with the interdisciplinary programs in Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies; Asian & Middle Eastern Studies; and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies. She is currently completing a book-length, collaboratively authored project titled, Badhai: Hijra-Khwaja Sira-Trans Performances across Borders in South Asia.
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