Book Excerpt: Queeristan

Parmesh Shahani

7 August 2020

Lab head Parmesh Shahani’s new book Queeristan traces his journey of advocating for LGBTQ inclusion in corporate India, spanning across boardrooms, business schools, college campuses, cultural spaces, global conferences and more. In this excerpt, Parmesh reminisces about the people who have inspired his efforts as well as influenced his approach to authoring this book. Read on!

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Padmini Ray Murray on rethinking design practice

TEAM CULTURE LAB

7 August 2020

Padmini Ray Murray held a class with us that took us through her paradigm of ‘design thinking’. She’s a consultant researcher and creative practitioner who founded Design Beku, which is a collective that emerged from a desire to explore how technology and design can be more locally rooted, relevant, and ethical. Read on for video games and design justice! 

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Book Excerpt: Those Magnificent Women and Their Flying Machines by Minnie Vaid

Minnie Vaid

30 July 2020

Author and Lab speaker Minnie Vaid’s book ‘Those Magnificent Women and Their Flying Machines’ provides a window into the largely unknown and unfamiliar world of women space scientists in India—their initial struggles, their work and its challenges, their families and their triumphs. Read on for an excerpt from the book.

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Bridging the Gap: The Digital Gender Divide in the Times of Social Distancing

Lab Team

29 July 2020

Twitter chat leading upto our virtual #WomenInSTEM event!

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RAJYASHRI GOODY ON HER ARTISTIC PRACTICE AND THE CASTE POLITICS OF FOOD

TEAM CULTURE LAB

25 July 2020

Artist Rajyashri Goody spoke to our #CultureLabFellows2020 about food, caste and resistance in a thought provoking and poetic session as part of our masterclass series. Read on for take-aways from the session.

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Prathyush on Camus, Kabir Singh and Kama Sutra: film criticism and the internet

TEAM CULTURE LAB

17 July 2020

Last week, we hosted film critic Prathyush Parasuraman from Film Companion to talk to all of us about why he became a writer, questions that the community of film critics is grappling with and the new forms sex, censorship and certification take in the era of streaming content. 

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Writhing Queerness; Writing Queerness: Brian Horton on Nightlife, Pride, and the Queer Commons

Team Culture Lab

9 July 2020

We hosted cultural anthropologist and Brandeis professor Dr. Brian A. Horton for our first masterclasses with the Fellows as well as some of our Lab alums. Read about it here!

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Feminist Histories of Science

TEAM CULTURE LAB

9 July 2020

Through the month of July, we will be exploring the breakthroughs led by women in science, and the collective pleasures, possibilities and perils of doing science in India with our event ‘Mission Possible: Breakthroughs of Indian Women in Science’. We looked back at the women who changed the world of science and initiated feminist discourse and dialogue but were hardly if ever acknowledged for their contributions to the evolution of our collective human journey.

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