Pleasure and data? Is there such a rishta? We said yes, oui, haan!
How does acknowledging that young people want pleasure change the questions we ask and the research we do on their love/sex lives? Can taking pleasure seriously, transform the programmes, policies, curriculums and laws we create? #LoveSexAndData asked - is Pleasure the secret ingredient that data needs in order to be useful and relevant to our life and create a more just society?
The Love, Sex and Data Conference: A 3-day digital conference that took place from 7-9th October, 2021 was organised by Agents of Ishq and The YP Foundation to deep dive into these questions through keynotes, panels, workshops, performances, afterhours interactions and more!
3 days, 36 events, 60 speakers - thank you to everyone who joined us in bringing in the pleasure lens to our work (and our life!) as students, activists, educators, NGO workers, researchers, writers or really, whoever you are!
A first-of-its-kind conference dedicated to sex and pleasure in India? We said - you need to come ya (in more ways than one if you like *wink wink*) and you did - all 1663 of you!
Pleasure Pocket by Shilpa MudbiTheme: Why Are We Scared of Pleasure?
Shubha Mudgal in conversation with Paromita Vohra (Agents of Ishq)
Keynote Address by Louisa AllenTheme: The Transformative Power of Pleasure
Workshop with Akanksha Kadam and Savitri Medhatul
Snigdha Poonam is a journalist and writer based in India. Her first book, 'Dreamers: How Young Indians Are Changing The World' won 2018’s Crossword Book Award for non-fiction and was longlisted in 2019 for PEN America Literary Awards. Her articles have appeared in Scroll, The Caravan, The Times of India, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Economist, Granta, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and The Financial Times. Her essay 'Lady Singham’s Mission Against Love' was runner-up in the Bodley Head/Financial Times Essay Prize, 2015. She won the 2017 Journalist of Change award of Bournemouth University for an investigation of student suicides that appeared on Huffington Post.
Dr. Sana Contractor is a public health researcher and practitioner with an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and over a decade's experience in health systems research in India. Her body of work in the domain of Sexual and Reproductive Rights focuses on its intersections with identity and social exclusion, and interrogates policy making from local to global health spaces using this lens. Dr. Contractor has worked with leading rights-oriented research organisations, and has published in national and international academic journals. She has also been associated with feminist and health rights movements in India.
Santosh Desai is an author, columnist and media critic. His first book on contemporary India, 'Mother Pious Lady: Making Sense of Everyday India' is a collection of essays that traces the evolution of middle class India over the last two decades. In his professional life, Santosh heads a brand and consumer consultancy company and has previously headed an advertising agency. Santosh’s principal area of interest lies in examining the evolving nature of consumer culture in India. He has been writing a weekly column in the Times of India for over 16 years.
Avinash Kumar is a dancer, puppeteer and choreographer, trained in a variety of dance forms – Chau, Contemporary, Jazz & Bollywood. He honed his puppeteering skills from Dadi Pudumjee and Anurupa Roy. He has performed extensively in India and overseas. Also trained in Modern Contemporary Dance under the guidance of Astad Deboo. He regularly holds workshops in schools, colleges, NGOs and different communities to share his skills with the youth. He was the recipient of the META Award for Best Choreography for Mahabharata in 2017, Best mover Award at the Poland Theatre Festival for Mahabharata in 2018 and the Rex Karamaveer Chakra (Gold) Award in 2019.