Gender and Sexuality in Shakta Tantra




This course will explore gender and sexuality in the historical and contemporary contexts of Shakta Tantra traditions as conceived of and practiced on the ground by individuals, partners, families, and communities. Divided into three thematic sub-sections: (1) Women in ritual space; (2) women as gurus; (3) and women as spiritual partners, the course will explore interwoven topics of choices, ritualized sex, control of sexuality/gender-relations, and gender fluidity. Given the subject-matter of this course, students will read, listen, speak and write about goddess traditions, gendered and/or sexual identities, emotions and practices.


Additional Information

Faculty: Sravana Borkataky-Varma
Semester: Full Spring Term
Time: Tues, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET
HDS 3415