Loving Well: Understanding Homoromantic Relationships between Homosexual Men Married to Women and of Marriageable Age in Odisha, India
“For this paper, an ethnographic study was undertaken in order to explore the validity of the existing hypothesis that homosexuality is an upper-class elite phenomenon and is not found in the regular lives of people in small towns in a state like Odisha, or in any other state in India for that matter. But the prime objective of the study was to locate homo-romantic desires in the lives of homosexual males which have been overtly sexualised in the public discourse through different state apparatus like education, religious institutions, media, and law. The hyper sexualisation- limiting same-sex love only to sexual relationship is done by perpetuating the misconception that same-sex relationships are based only on short term sexual encounters and is devoid of love. I will also try to locate how homosexual males negotiate the space between such heteronormative social institutions and homoromantic desires in small towns of Odisha.”
I am a PhD student in Cultural Studies at IIT, Hyderabad. My work here focuses on representation of homosexuality in Indian films and literature.
The Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) is a public university located in Medak district, Telangana,India. It is one of the eight new IITs established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. IIT Hyderabad offers Undergraduate B.Tech degrees in eight disciplines of Engineering, M.Tech degrees in eight disciplines of Engineering, postgraduate and Research degrees across all disciplines in Engineering, Sciences and Liberal Arts.
Jayaprakash will be speaking on day 2 of the conference