Sex and Gender in The Kamasutra (MT21)

Location: OCHS YouTube Channel
Speaker: Professor Wendy Doniger
Date: November 5, 2021
Time: 3.00-4.00

Rethinking Gender in Hinduism 

This series seeks to explore the complexities of the category of ‘gender’ in Hinduism, focusing on expanding past heteronormative conceptions of Hindu deities as shown in scriptures and iconographical contexts. The main goal of the project is to open the academic field of Gender Studies in Hinduism to a greater audience and wider opportunities. The project output is to develop a series that can resonate with, and connect to, other fields of study as well, such as gender studies, critical race theory, decolonial social anthropology, and so on. The project consists of recorded lectures that are made easily available through the OCHS webpage and YouTube.

Sex and Gender in The Kamasutra

This lecture will examine the text in the context of the history of Sanskrit literature, focussing on its conceptual structure and the audience for whom it was written.