Call for Applications: Beyond the Binary of Gender- Transfeminist Perspectives from India at Sambhaavnaa Institute, Palampur [Sept 15-19]: Register Now

Purposes are invited for Past the Binary of Gender- Transfeminist Views from India at Sambhaavnaa Institute on 15-19 September 2021. On-line registrations are open on the official web site.

In regards to the Program

In in the present day’s India a transgender particular person is, comparatively talking, not utterly unknown to us. They’ve existed and live on amongst and inside our households, relationships, communities, workspaces, and many others., and occupy public areas and debates, type intimate partnerships, and have in information and social media.

But it’s fairly ironical that transgender individuals and gender non-conforming people stay amongst probably the most underrepresented of teams in India when it comes to their entry to social, cultural, financial and political areas. Whether or not it’s in analysis or manufacturing of empirical knowledge in regards to the neighborhood, transgender individuals proceed to expertise a common apathy and structural invisiblisation.

Within the custom of passing the mic and stepping out of the field, “Past the Binary of Gender” is a workshop imagined as, curated and carried out by trans feminist individuals representing various ethnic, caste, class and spiritual backgrounds of the nation in an effort to deliver collectively the various histories, lived realities, wants and allied issues of transgender communities throughout the nation.

Furthermore it should draw upon the experiences of the useful resource individuals of their work to date in direction of amplifying and mainstreaming trans feminist views viz., the required interventions and modifications in social attitudes and customary practices vital in direction of constructing responses to eliminating transphobia and trans-exclusionary practices and selling a variety of a variety of trans leaderships.

Content material
  • What are the identification/identities that falls below the umbrella of Trans*?
  • What are the gender, intercourse and sexuality primarily based violence and discrimination and consequent experiences of social, cultural, political and financial exclusion particular to the lived expertise of a transgender particular person or an individual who doesn’t match into gender stereotypes basically?
  • What research, analysis, knowledge, instruments can be found in the present day in terms of tips, mandates, legal guidelines and many others. and different sources and knowledge on methods to make areas extra inclusive to the transgender neighborhood?
  • Histories of struggles and victories, and of Trans Feminist Perspective Constructing throughout area and communities within the nation to date.
  • Assist practitioners of various professions in conscientization of the social, political, cultural and financial realities and consequent wants and calls for of the transgender neighborhood representing various ethnic, caste, class and spiritual background of the nation.
  • An open invitation to human proper defenders and allied practitioners to critically replicate as a collective in direction of rising language, practices and initiatives primarily based on inclusion from the attitude of the lived realities of transgender folks. This can embody and never restrict to:
    • Insurance policies and packages on constructing an understanding of gender primarily based violence and discrimination and associated tasks that search to stop or prohibit the identical.
    • Range and inclusion primarily based hiring for job and associated alternatives.
    • Efforts to incorporate Trans* illustration and management in assorted social justice primarily based folks’s motion and associated areas.
    • Legal guidelines, Judgement and different statutory efforts by the State to make a distinction in direction of making certain security, dignity and entry to alternative and justice by a transgender particular person.
    • Put together a readily relevant working doc on “making a protected and inclusive house for gender non-conforming particular person” vis a vis the Indian context as a take-away for the contributors.

The 5 day workshop will embody interactive informative classes with audio-visual aids, group work and shows; movie screening and dialogue and on-line zoom classes with choose transfeminist leaders to supply a complete studying expertise.

Furthermore kinesthetic participatory methods comparable to roleplays, picture theatre, discussion board theatre and many others. can be used to drive the conceptual studying acquired from the above to a sensible expertise for the contributors so as guarantee an interactive studying expertise that may assist develop/promote an energetic possession/accountability of the subject material of the workshop i.e. constructing a Trans-Inclusive or Trans-Affirmative areas and practices in and round their private {and professional} atmosphere, among the many contributors.  As well as, case research, articles, abstract reviews and related handouts will even be shared that may assist elucidate vital key phrases and ideas.

There can be a session clever analysis and suggestions obtained anonymously from the group. The intention is to create a progressive course correction technique relying on the suggestions of the contributors each day.


For human proper activists, social employees, writers, lecturers and allied practitioners and organizations, collectives and teams engaged on problems with intercourse, gender and sexuality primarily based violence and discrimination and associated human rights, social justice and allied developmental issues comparable to gender equality, well being, schooling, livelihood and many others., who’re enthusiastic about constructing a Trans-Inclusive or Trans-Affirmative areas and practices in and round their private {and professional} atmosphere.

Audio system/ Useful resource Individual

Residential Useful resource Individuals:

  • Anindya Hajra (SHe/Her), Co-founder and Director, Pratyay Gender Belief, Kolkata.
  • Sai Bourothu (SHe/Her), Undertaking Officer – Jail Reforms, Commonwealth Well being Rights initiative, Delhi.
  • Ditilekha (He/They), Coordinator, Sangat – A Feminist Community.
  • Pavel Sagolsem (any pronoun) Co-founder, The Chinky Homo Undertaking.

Audio system Becoming a member of By way of Zoom:

  • Bittu Karthik Kondaiah (He/They), Affiliate Professor of Biology and Psychology, Ashoka College.
  • Santa Khurai (She/Her), Co-founder, All Manipur Nupi Maanbi Affiliation.
  • Kiran B Nayak (He/Him), Founding father of Karnataka Vikalachetanara Sanghatane, a 8642+ member sturdy community of individuals residing with incapacity (bodily, visible and a number of disabilities) throughout the south Indian state of Karnataka.
  • Grace Banu (She/Her), Founder TransRightNow Collective.
  • Rumi Harish (He/Him), Transmen and Musician, Co
  • Daniel Mendonca (She/Her), Founder, Intersex Human Rights India.

one can register on-line by way of this page.


We hope that contributors would contribute an quantity of Rs. 5500/- in direction of workshop bills, inclusive of all on-site workshop prices: boarding, lodging, and all of the supplies used within the workshop. Want-based partial waivers can be found; we’ve got a really restricted variety of partial waivers, so, please apply for a waiver provided that you actually need it. Please do keep in mind that there could also be others who want it greater than you.


Shashank: 8894227954 (between 10 am to five pm)
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