Travesti Rage: Political Articulation of Argentina’s Sexual Dissidence Movements
On April 11, from 12:30-2 p.m. in 319 Sims Hall, the Latino-Latin American Studies Program will present “Travesti Rage: Political Articulation of Argentina’s Sexual Dissidence Movements,” a public lecture by Carlos Fígari, professor, Universidad de Buenos Aires; researcher, CONICET (Argentina’s National Council of Scientific and Technological Research); and associate researcher, RELAM (Réseau d’études latino-américain de Montréal).
Fígari’s teaching and research focus on sexual politics, queer and trans theory, and critical epistemologies. He has written or co-authored several books, including “La construcción de la sexualidad. Políticas y regulaciones sexuales en la Argentina” (2012); “Eróticas de la disidencia en América Latina” (2009); “Prazeres dissidentes” (2009); and “@s outr@s cariocas: interpelações, experiências e identidades homoeróticas no Rio de Janeiro” (2007). He’s best known for being the author of the “scientific paper” behind the same-sex marriage bill in Argentina.
This lecture offers a brief survey of the context of emergence for the experiences and identities of transsexual people in Argentina. The specific processes of that emergence rely on political actions and ideological frames related to different historical moments. Characterized by different modes of entry into the public sphere and complex modes of visibility, they highlight both integration and marginalization with respect to the state. Several theoretical traditions, including queer and trans theory, play decisive roles in such processes, but the particularity of these dynamics in the Southern Cone contributes not only to developing but also challenging these theories.
The event is co-sponsored by: Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, the Department of Political Science, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program, LGBT Resource Center and Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.