Decolonize Drag: A roundtable on Queer(ing) Indigenous and Black Studies

Please join us for an evening of learning at the intersections of drag, gender, sexuality, and decolonization with author of Decolonize Drag Kareem Khubchandani.

As part of the Indigenous Education Network’s Two Spirit Series, this event is a unique collaboration with the Critical Health and Social Action Lab and Between the Lines Publishers. We encourage you to bring friends, fellow students, and colleagues to share in this captivating evening.

Please register for the event on Eventbrite here.

Kareem Khubchandani is Associate Professor in theater, dance, and performance studies at Tufts University. He is the author of the multiple award-winning Ishtyle: Accenting Gay Indian Nightlife and Decolonize Drag, co-editor of Lambda-nominated Queer Nightlife, and curator of “Critical Aunty Studies.”

Although imagined as a queer subcultural practice, drag seems to be everywhere we look: from AI filters on TikTok to brunchtime entertainment, from state legislations to political rallies. Decolonize Drag details the ways that gender is used as a form of colonial governance to eliminate various types of expression, and tracks how contemporary drag both replicates and disrupts these institutional hierarchies. This book focuses on several gender performers that resist and laugh at colonial projects through their aesthetic practices. Decolonize Drag argues for more abundance in and access to fashioning gender, and considers how drag changes meaning and efficacy as it shifts across geographies.