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Indonesian intersections of bisexuality and transgender

dc.contributor.authorGraham, Sharyn
dc.contributor.authorAsiaPacificQueer Network
dc.identifier.citationGraham, S. (2005, July). Indonesian intersections of bisexuality and transgender. Paper presented at Sexualities, Genders and Rights in Asia: 1st International Conference of Asian Queer Studies. Bangkok, Thailand: AsiaPacifiQueer Network, Mahidol University; Australian National University
dc.description.abstractThis article analyses the intersections of bisexuality and transgender in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. While there are no equivalent indigenous terms, there are cognate identities and experiences that make such an examination valid and fruitful. The article is divided into three main sections. After a brief introduction, I introduce two gendered identities which fall outside normative models: calabai’ (transgendered males) and calalai’ (transgendered females). In the second section I recount specific examples of bisexuality and transgender intersection. A critical analysis of these intersections reveals much about representations and understandings of desire, sexuality, and gender. The theoretical contributions which arise from this analysis are proposed in the third section where I argue that the conceptual categories imposed by rigid Western terminology are rendered problematic when considering the intersection between bisexuality and transgender in South Sulawesi. As such, in South Sulawesi experiences of bisexuality and transgender must be explored from a perspective which allows appreciation of their coalescence.
dc.description.sponsorshipAsiaPacifiQueer Network, Australian National University
dc.format.extent17 pages
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT: The Australian National University
dc.relation.ispartofConference of the Australian Linguistic Society 2011
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.sourceSexualities, genders and rights in Asia : 1st international Conference of Asian Queer Studies, Ambassador Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand 7-9 July 2005
dc.subject.lcshGay rights -- Asia -- Congresses.
dc.subject.lcshGay culture -- Asia -- Congresses.
dc.subject.lcshGay culture -- Asia -- Social conditions -- Congresses.
dc.subject.lcshGay community -- Asia -- Congresses.
dc.subject.lcshGay community.
dc.subject.lcshGay culture.
dc.subject.lcshGay rights.
dc.titleIndonesian intersections of bisexuality and transgender
dc.typeConference paper
local.description.notesThe conference was held Bangkok, Thailand, 7-9 July 2005 and convened by the AsiaPacifiQueer Network. ANU was the host organisation for this network, and the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies provided funding support. ANU was acknowledged as a co-sponsor of the conference.
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationGraham, Sharyn, Auckland University of Technology, School of Social Sciences
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenance" ... as chair of the organising committee for the conference I give my permission for the permanent archiving of the papers. All authors whose papers appear on the site gave their permission for open access to these papers" - from email dated 26/9/11, Professor Peter Jackson, School of Culture, History and Language, ANU
CollectionsSexualities, Genders and Rights in Asia: International Conference of Asian Queer Studies (2005)


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