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With the Clothes on Our Backs and a Song on Our Lips: Courting Queer Love in India

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Surabhi Shukla

In partnership with the Lectures on Gender and Sexuality at the University of Sheffield

Same sex marriages are not legal in India, yet a rich archive of evidence shows that couples, primarily queer women, have utilised the theatre of law, the very institution that denies them this option, to execute marriage affidavits with each other. This talk looks at some of those affidavits to discuss the fears and hopes of these unions and in doing hopes to show how lives are forged together outside of legal limitations.

A complimentary light dinner and drinks reception will follow the talk.

Doors open 5pm. Doors close 5:30pm. Late arrivals permitted at 5:35pm.


Surabhi is a lecturer in law at the University of Sheffield who works on law and sexuality in India.

Part of our 2024 festival strand


How should our society overcome inequalities of race, gender, sexuality, income and disability?