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CREA's Sexuality, Gender, & Rights Institute in Khandala, India

Event Date: 
April 6, 2012 (All day) - April 12, 2012 (All day)

CREA's Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute is an annual, week-long residential course that focuses on a conceptual study of sexuality. It examines the links between sexuality, rights, gender, and health and their interface with socio-cultural and legal issues. The participants critically analyse policy, research, and programme interventions using a rights-based approach. Applications are due on or before 10 February 2012.


Course Content

Sexuality is a complex field of study that spans multiple disciplines and areas of work. Accordingly, the course content of the Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute will focus on a conceptual and theoretical study of sexuality, drawing from different social science disciplines and the intersections between them. Activists and academics will teach the course using classroom instruction, group work, case studies, simulation exercises, fiction, and films.

Sexuality theory
Sexuality and human rights
Sexuality and gender
Sexuality and legal systems
Sexual and reproductive health and rights
Representation of sexuality
Sexual diversities and rights
Sexuality and disability
Sexual rights advocacy
Case studies of programme interventions


CREA is an international, feminist, human rights organisation based in New Delhi. CREA promotes and advances women's human rights and sexual rights of all people by strengthening feminist leadership, organisations, and movements; influencing global and national advocacy; creating information, knowledge, and scholarship; changing public attitudes and practices; and addressing social exclusion.


25-30 participants will be selected based on their application forms and their ability to demonstrate how they would apply the lessons of the Institute. Individuals working on issues of sexuality, LGBT rights, sexual rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV/AIDS, violence against women, or gender, based in India or working on these issues related to India, are eligible to apply. Participants are required to stay at the venue for the duration of the course. For application form, click here or go to

Participants are responsible for incurring their travel costs to and from the Institute.


Registration fee: INR 5000. All selected applicants will have to pay this fee.
Course fee: INR 25,000 (for international NGOs and donor agencies). Covers tuition, resource package, accommodation on a twin-sharing basis during 5-12 April 2012, and all meals. Please note that this a subsidised cost for participation.

Accommodation will be on twin sharing basis.

Participating Faculty

Arvind Narrain is a founder member of the Alternative Law Forum in India, a collective of young lawyers who work on a critical practise of law. He usually works on human rights issues, with specific reference to the human rights of those who are discriminated against on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. He is part of the team of lawyers who represented Voices Against 377 in the challenge to the anti-sodomy law in India. He is the author of Queer: Despised Sexuality, Law, and Social Change and co-editor of Because I Have A Voice: Queer Politics In India and Law Like Love: Queer Perspectives On Law.

Carole S Vance, PhD, MPH, teaches anthropology at the Mailman School of Public Health, and for 10 years, has directed the Program for the Study of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human Rights at the Columbia University. She has extensively written about sexual theory; science, sexuality, gender, and health; and policy controversies about sexual expression and imagery. She is the editor of Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality (1982, 1993). In 2005, she received the David R Kessler Award for lifetime contribution to the study of sexuality.

Geeta Patel, PhD,teaches interdisciplinary courses ranging from Mumbai cinema to the history of science and sexuality at the University of Virginia. She has been working with and designing programmes for battered women's shelters and organisations working on sexuality, race, and rights since 1979. She has translated and published academic as well as personal writings informed by topics as diverse as science, poetry, sexuality and finance, risk, pensions, and insurance. Her book from Stanford University Press, Lyrical Movements, Historical Hauntings: On Gender, Colonialism, and Desire In Miraji's Urdu Poetry, reads a renegade writer through nationalism, gender, and sexuality.

Geetanjali Misra is co-Founder and Executive Director of CREA and co-Director of the Sexuality and Rights Institute in India. She has worked at the activist, grant-making, and policy levels on issues of sexuality, reproductive health, gender, human rights, and violence against women. She writes on issues of sexuality, gender, and rights, and has co-edited Sexuality, Gender, and Rights: Exploring Theory and Practice in South and Southeast Asia (2005).

Janet Price is an activist and academic, who works at the intersection of disability, sexuality, and gender. Based in Liverpool, UK, she has been involved with CREA for over a decade, raising the profile of sexuality issues for disabled people. In partnership with disabled and non-disabled colleagues from Nigeria, India, Kenya, and Australia, amongst others, she convened the Second Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute at the end of 2011. She maintains her academic links through her involvement with the Gender and Health Group at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. She is also on the Board of Disability and Deaf Arts (DaDa), Liverpool, which holds a biennial International Festival, DaDaFest. The next DaDaFest would be a part of the cultural initiative at the time of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012.

Meena Saraswathi Seshu is the general secretary of SANGRAM, an organisation that works on the rights of sex workers and people living with HIV/AIDS. SANGRAM's Centre for Advocacy on Stigma and Marginalisation (CASAM) advocates for the reduction of stigma, violence, and harassment of marginalised communities, especially those who have challenged dominant norms. In 2002, Seshu was awarded the Human Rights Defender Award from Human Rights Watch.

Oishik Sircar teaches at the Jindal Global Law School in Sonipat, Haryana, where he co-directs the Centre for Penology, Criminal Justice, and Police Studies, and coordinates the Collaborative Research Programme on Law, Postcoloniality, and Culture. He has previously been a faculty at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, and the Women's Studies Centre, University of Pune. His areas of research and writing are queer theory, subaltern studies, politics of representation, and cultures of human rights. Prior to moving into academics, he worked with Amnesty International and the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre. He has co-directed two documentary films.

Ruth Vanita is Professor at the University of Montana. She was a former Reader at the University of Delhi, India, and is founding co-editor of Manushi, India's first nationwide feminist journal. The author of several books, including Sappho And The Virgin Mary: Same-Sex Love and TheEnglish Literary Imagination (Columbia UP, 1996); Same-Sex Love in India: Readings from Literature and History (co-edited with Kidwai) (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2000); Love's Rite: Same-Sex Marriage in India and the West (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005); and Gandhi's Tiger and Sita's Smile: Essays on Gender, Sexuality and Culture (Yoda, 2005). She is a well-known translator from Hindi and Urdu to English, and has published widely on Shakespeare, most recently in Shakespeare Survey, 2007. Her latest book is Gender, Sex and the City: Urdu Rekhti Poetry (2012).

Satya Rai Nagpaul* is a trans man and gender activist, who divides his working life between activism, cinematography, and running a home. In the mid-1990s, he started SAMPOORNA, a network of trans Indians. Membership of the group is open to the whole spectrum of trans (transgender, transsexual, intersexed, and gender variant) persons.

*to be confirmed

Special Lecture

Shohini Ghosh is Sajjad Zaheer Professor at the AJK Mass Communication Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia University, India. Ghosh directed Tales of the Nightfairies (2002), a film about the sex workers' struggle for rights in Kolkata. She is the author of the volume on Deepa Mehta's Fire for the Queer Classics Series, published by Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver, Canada. Currently, she is editing an anthology on documentary films.

Applications are due on or before 10 February 2012. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Applicants will be informed about the selection decisions by 24 February 2012. Contact Person: Sushma Luthra; E-mail:


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