Trans Performance

Conveners: Ramón H. Rivera-Servera and Marcela Fuentes

Centering performance as object of study, method of inquiry, and scholarly or creative outcome this group will share works-in-progress in a workshop format that seeks to investigate the overlaps and departures between queer and transnational as categories of analysis and sites of praxis. We understand the "transnational" as a project of “centering difference,” and "queer" as a politics of “embodied alterities” equally invested in moving beyond assumed normativities of nation, gender, sexuality, race, and more. Beyond an intellectual project of mapping out "practices that travel" or that are networked through utilization of global channels, and a notion of transnational cultures as a “queering of the nation,” we propose to engage these two encompassing and theoretically expansive milieus, queer and transnational, as frameworks that can be productively juxtaposed in inquiring about identities that are shaped around social and cultural spaces that transcend pre-established borders.

We invite papers and performance projects that engage:

  • • Sites and media of transnational performance
  • • Transnational identities
  • • The cultural rights of hybrid cultures
  • • Rights protected/ claimed/ practiced/ restored in trans-spaces
  • • Performances of “transnational citizenship”
  • • Trans sexuality and transnational discourse
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