Public Lecture: Prof. Kate Imy, "Sex the Barracks: Race & Imtimacy in the Colonial Indian Army" (Texas, 25 Oct 2019)

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October 25, 2019
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
British History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Military History, Sexuality Studies, South Asian History / Studies

The Body/Place/Identity Graduate Concentration @ the University of North Texas Department of History is pleased to invite you to its 2nd Annual Faculty Lecture on Friday, October 25th. This year's speaker is Prof. Kate Imy, who's talk is entitled, "Sex the Barracks: Race & Intimacy in the Colonial Indian Army."

Details: Friday, October 25th, 2019, 2:30-4:00 PM, Business Leadership Building (BLB) Room 080, UNT Campus in Denton, TX, USA. Click here for a map of the campus, including parking information.  Denton is located approximately 35 miles north of both Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. 

This talk is free and open to UNT Students, Faculty, Staff, & the General Public!

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Description: In 2018 the Indian Supreme Court decriminalized homosexuality--identified by many as an important break from India's colonial past. But what was the connection between sexuality and colonialism? In this talk, Dr. Kate Imy breaks down the British colonial state's preoccupation with sex through the colonial Indian Army, which was composed of diverse Hindus, Muslims, Christians, and Sikhs from Britain and South Asia. British leaders' anxieties about prostitution, venereal disease, and same-sex encounters shaped both colonial governance and soldiers' strategies for sexual gratification and intimacy. Her work highlights the centrality of soldiers' sex lives in debates about colonial governance and anti-colonial rebellion.

We encourage everyone to attend this exciting lecture by Prof. Imy, whose debut book, Faithful Fighters: Identity and Power in the British Indian Army is coming out this December on Stanford University Press.

Thank you, and I hope to see you on October 25th!


Prof. Nancy Stockdale, UNT Department of History, 

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Prof. Nancy L. Stockdale, Department of History
University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA
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