South Asia

Organized Panel Session

2 - The Fractured Whole: Abstractions of Memory Archives of a Trans Collective in India

Friday, July 6
12:10 PM - 1:40 PM
Location: Juniper, New Building

As one of the founding members of a collective of transfeminine and gender non-conforming individuals in West Bengal that will soon turn twenty, in this paper, I will reflect on the work of memory making, both collective and individual. As a group of friends and sisters, we set out to carve out a safe space for our gender articulations in the late nineties. On the way, some of us parted ways and so many of us died. Some of us began articulating our genders differently while some underwent gender-affirming surgeries. How do we remember each of these events, transformations, deaths, and rebirthings? It is important to remember them because it is not only the journey of an organization or its members but it is also a history of movement building. Yet is memory work ever complete or can it give the entire picture when we are speaking of a collective journey? So then, how does one archive memory that does justice to a collective and fractured journey? This paper will deploy pamphlets, posters, images and oral histories assembled over the years to think through these questions.

Anindya Hajra

Pratyay Gender Trust, India

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