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This course seeks to engage students with questions that have extended from feminist enquiries into sexuality and gender but have remained hitherto on the margins of critical enquiry within feminism due to various historical and cultural reasons. The course introduces ideas and instances of lived experience of the othering within society of both the sexual and the gendered experience, which marginalised all experiences and identities that 'deviate' from the normative. This queering of feminist enquiry therefore uncovers, through historical evidence, social movement articulations of gender, anti-caste/ race, labour and sexual rights, and contemporary regimes of governmentality - the queer realities of people's individual and collective lives. It thereby critically engages with both the institutionalisation of desires and its counter-evidence of dispersed desires. The course also engages with state motives and actions of incorporating these 'deviant' experiences and identities, and how these have in turn shaped debates in academia, media, and social life.