Queer Hemisphere: America Queer

In residence Fall 2016

Conveners:
Kirstie A. Dorr, Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego
Deborah R. Vargas, Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside
Marcia Ochoa, Feminist Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Participants:
Christina Leon, School of Writing, Literature, and Film, Oregon State University
Justin Perez, Anthropology, UC Irvine
Ivan Ramos, Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside
Shelley Streeby, Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego
Jennifer Tyburczy, Feminist Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Convened by Professors Kirstie A. Dorr, Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego and Deborah R. Vargas, Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside, and Marcia Ochoa, Feminist Studies, UC Santa Cruz, this residency aims to cultivate an interdisciplinary, multilingual dialogue between Latin America queer theory/sexuality studies and US women/queer of color feminisms. By applying geo-political pressure to ‘queer’ as an analytical category, the goal is to generate more textured accounts of and nuanced dialogues about how gender and sexual alterity are racially produced, lived and circulated in distinct, yet imbricated sites and contexts throughout the Americas. To counter the uncritical mainstreaming of US queer theory as centered site and presumed subject of study, their inquiry will address how current debates within the field concerning tensions between the rural and the urban, the public and the private, the center and the periphery, the productive and the reproductive, or the state and civil society might be differently and differentially articulated from queer and feminist of color perspectives that attend to both the geo-cultural specificities and the geo-historical entanglements that inflect relational scales of racial/sexual management.