BioDebanuj DasGupta is Assistant Professor of Geography and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Connecticut. Debanuj’s research and teaching focuses on the geopolitics of sexuality and gender identity, global governance of migration, sexuality, and HIV, digital culture and the uses of digital technologies in social movements. Prior to his doctoral degree, Debanuj worked for over sixteen years within several international development agencies, HIV/AIDS, LGBT rights and immigrant rights organizations in India and the US. Debanuj serves on the political geography editorial board of the Geography Compass and is Board-Co Chair of the Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies: CLAGS at the City University of New York. He is the recipient of the Ford Foundation funded New Voices Fellowship, American Association of Geographers and National Science Foundation funded T. J. Reynolds National Award in Disability Studies, and the International AIDS Society’s Emerging Activist Award. His scholarly work has been published in journals such as Disability Studies Quarterly, Contemporary South Asia, SEXUALITIES, Gender, Place & Culture, Emotions, Space, and Society, and the Scholar and the Feminist (S&F online). He is the co-editor of Friendship As Social Justice Activism: Critical Solidarities in Global Perspective (University of Chicago Press/Seagull Press), and Queering Digital India: Activisms, Identities and Subjectivities (University of Edinburgh Press/Oxford University Press).
Queering Inter-Asian Linkages proposes a newer way of conceiving South and South-East Asian geopolitics by highlighting how the question of transgender recognition across the region is ushering a new kind of global-local linkages. Queering inter-Asian linkages require a fuller analysis of how Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) activists are questioning the stable relationships between sex and gender through legal activism that seeks to bring recognition for transgender people across South and South-East Asia. This project will develop a qualitative analysis of activist rhetoric and strategies in order to make visible the trans/Asian linkages being forged by transgender rights activist. The use of “Trans” in Trans/Asia, therefore representing the in-between nature of transgender bodies and how transgender bodies are trafficking in between nation-states in order to usher legal recognition that make or break the livability of transgender subjects across South-South East Asia.