Annual Colloquium - 2008
Gender B(l)ending: Beyond the Binary
Gayatri Reddy Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Gender and Women's Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago
Gayatri Reddy is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Gender and Women's Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of With Respect to Sex: Negotiating Hijra Identity in South Asia (U of Chicago, 2005), an ethnographic account of sexual and social difference in India. Her new research, funded by the Social Science Research Council, is on a project titled "Queer Borders: Constructions of South Asian (male) Queer Identities in the U.S." Professor Reddy has also held fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Association for Women in Science, and the National Science Foundation. Her teaching and research continue to incorporate her interests in sexuality and health in South Asia.
In "With Respect to the Third Sex: Negotiating Sexuality and Social Difference in India," Reddy plays with images in order to examine the understandings of sexual difference in contemporary India by delineating two imaginaries: the so-called "third sex" hijra imaginary and the modern "gay" imaginary.