Abstract for Online Program Book (maximum 1200 characters including spaces)
This panel will set out to weave a complex methodological, genealogical, and textual reading of Tibetan Buddhist materials and their imbrications with queerness, transness, and sexual violence. Rather than applying a top-down analysis that runs Buddhist materials through the theoretical and political commitments of an essentialized queer studies, this panel proposes to engage Buddhist source materials in reciprocal conversation with feminist, queer, and trans hermeneutics. Our panel will ask how not only the materials themselves, but also our own academic practices and locations, are imbricated with power. How might we ethically and generatively conceptualize sexual violence, consent, transness, or queerness? And how might these conceptualizations shift when considered in different languages or geo-historical locations? Our panel asserts that scholars must contend with the ways gender, sexuality, and religion coalesce to create conditions that reproduce hegemonic ways of knowing. Orienting our questions towards power, instability, and genealogy, we examine the problematics and potentials that emerge when reading Buddhist materials through queer, feminist, and trans lenses.