Dr Niharika Banerjea, Ambedkar University, DelhiWith discussant, Professor Stephen Whittle, Manchester Metropolitan UniversityDate: Thursday 20th June 2019Time: 1.30pm - 3.30pmLocation: Room 3.12, Business School, Manchester Metropolitan UniversityTickets: Free - Available on Eventbrite.Dr Banerjea will reflect upon her work with Sappho for Equality, a queer-feminist organization in Kolkata. She will discuss how academic-activist transnational collaborations are one way to imagine queer futures and how stories of such collaborations need to be critically heard and discussed in order to disrupt processes by which queer lives are assimilated into cultural logics of development, state and market.Niharika Banerjea is Associate Professor at the School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi. Her research and teaching focuses upon transnational feminisms, queer lives and activisms, social theory, and collaborative ethnographies. Her co-edited collection Friendship as Social Justice Activism: Critical Solidarities in a Global Perspective was released by Zed Press in 2018. A second co-edited collection Lesbian Feminisms: Essays Opposing the Global Hetropatriachy will be published in August 2019.Stephen Whittle is Professor of Equalities Law at Manchester Law School, Manchester Metropolitan University. He was a co-founder of Press for Change (PFC), the UK's trans rights lobby group. He has advised on transgender rights and law in numerous jurisdictions and has authored many academic papers, non-academic articles, several books and writes a regular blog.Tea and Coffee will be served from 1.30pm, the event will begin at 2pm.