Sexualities, Visual Culture, and Performance

Conveners: Soledad Falabella and Antonio Prieto

Theme and goals

The aim of this research group is to offer a space for discussion and the exchange of ideas amongst those who have research projects on gender and sexuality in their visual and performative aspects. We welcome specialists in the social sciences and humanities, and in the cultural studies field, as well as in anthropology, sociolinguistics, education, communication and related fields. We also encourage participation of visual and performing artists. While at the Bogotá Encuentro we intend to work with the projects brought by each participant, the suggested following topics may be taken as a guide:

  • Gender, sexuality and citizenship
  • Gender borders
  • Performance of sexuality in the public sphere
  • Gender and sexuality before the law: negotiations, repressions, resistances
  • Representations of dissident sexual identities and practices in theater, art-action and mass media
  • Sexuality and technology
  • Aspects of race and ethnicity in relation to sexuality

This group is linked to the ongoing 'Seminar on Sexualities, Visual Culture and Performativity' held in México by the Universidad Veracruzana's Faculty of Theater and the Gender Studies Program of the National University (UNAM). One of the Group’s aims is to produce documents to be published as essays or book chapters on the topics addressed.


We shall work for five days during the Encuentro in two- hours sessions, and with a maximum of 15 people. We want to concentrate on the research proposals and questions brought by participants. These proposals, as well as several aspects of the meeting's coordination, will be available in advance in a 'virtual campus' provided by the organizers. Presentations at the sessions will be limited to a maximum of 20 minutes, followed by questions and discussion. We request that participants to avoid reading their papers and work instead with notes and visual support, as well as their research questions. We ask that participants in this group be committed to the themes under study and available to continue working collectively in future meetings.


Antonio Prieto Stambaugh is a Mexican researcher and professor, focused on issues of performance, contemporary theatre, gender and queer studies. He is currently a full time professor in the Theatre department at the Universidad Veracruzana. He holds an MA in Performance Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a PhD in Latin American Studies from the School of Humanities at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM).

Soledad Falabella Luco is a writer, professor and researcher, at the Universidad de Chile, and the Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile. She is also the Director of ESE:O, an NGO created to meet two different, complimentary needs in the area of writing: the needs of the individual student, and the needs of academia throughout the Latin American region.


Alba Pons Rabasa
Antonio Prieto Stambaugh
Cayetana Salao 
Claudia Mandel
Erica Koleff
Francisco Cosme Córdova Aráuz
Gastón Alzate
Jaime Nahúd
Jimena Durán Prieto
Julia Antivilo
Margarita Figueroa
Michele Miranda Campos
Soledad Falabella