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TransLatinx Américas: A Roundtable Discussion and Reception

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 6:00 - 8:00 pm

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The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University is pleased to invite you to a roundtable discussion and reception for "Trans Studies en las Américas," a special issue of the Transgender Studies Quarterly (TSQ). We will be joined by four of the contributors to the journal, as well as Dr. Joseph Pierce and Michelle Esther O'Brien, who will provide commentary. There will be copies for sale as well as light refreshments and music after the roundtable. Come meet some of the contributors and pick up a copy.

Roundtable participants:

  • Joseph M. Pierce
  • Michelle Esther O'Brien 
  • Cynthia Citlallin Delgado Huitrón
  • Dora Silva Santana 
  • Cole Rizki 
  • Claudia Sofía Garriga-López
Hemispheric Institute
20 Cooper Square, fifth floor
New York, NY 10003

Joseph M. Pierce is Assistant Professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University. He is the author of Argentine Intimacies: Queer Kinship in an Age of Splendor, 1890-1910 (SUNY Press, 2019) and co-editor of Derechos Sexuales en el Sur: Políticas del amor y escrituras disidentes (Cuarto Propio 2018). His work has been published recently in Taller de Letras, Revista Hispánica ModernaCritical Ethnic Studies, and has also been featured in Indian Country Today. He is a citizen of Cherokee Nation.

Michelle Esther O'Brien is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at New York University, conducting research on LGBTQ social movements in NYC. Michelle also works as a Community Oral History Coordinator at the New York Public Library, where she helps lead the NYC Trans Oral History Project. Michelle received her MSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work, CUNY (now Silberman School). She spent several years working in HIV/AIDS service agencies as a community organizer, support group facilitator, and case worker. She also served as the Executive Director of Housing Here and Now.

Cynthia Citlallin Delgado Huitrón is a Ph.D. candidate in Performance Studies at New York University and an interdisciplinary artist from Mexico City. Her political, scholarly, and artistic interests lie at the intersection of aesthetics, politics, queer, and transfeminist performance and decolonial studies. She is currently serving as a book reviews editor in the collective Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory.

Dora Santana is a black Brazilian trans woman warrior, scholar, activist, artist, storyteller of experiences embodied in language and flesh. She is an Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at John Jay College, CUNY. Her essay, “Transitionings and Returnings: Experiments with the Poetics of Transatlantic Water,” was published in TSQ 4:2, "The Issue of Blackness." She was an artist-in-residence at allgo, a queer people of color organization in Austin TX, in 2018 and 2017. In 2018, she released her watercolor paintings in an exhibit titled “Trans* Stellar Visions.” In 2017, she presented her solo performance, “Minha Filha! A black trans daughterhood.” She has also written for Feminist Wire, Daily Texan, and Blogueiras Negras.

Cole Rizki is a transgender studies scholar and Ph.D. candidate in the Program in Literature at Duke University whose research operates at the intersections of transgender, Latin American, Latinx, visual culture, and performance studies. His current research examines entanglements of transgender cultural production and activisms with histories of state violence and terror in Latin America’s Southern Cone region. Rizki’s dissertation, State Violence and Transgender Cultural Politics in Post-Dictatorship Argentina, provincializes US-centric histories of state violence, state formation, and identity politics that continue to underwrite the field of trans studies. His writing appears in TSQ and GLQ.

Claudia Sofía Garriga-López is an Assistant Professor of Queer and Trans Latinx Studies in the Department of Multicultural and Gender Studies at California State University, Chico. She is the author of “Transfeminist Crossroads: Reimagining the Ecuadorian State,” published in TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly (2016), and is currently preparing a book manuscript based on her dissertation, Gender for All. Her scholarship and visual art have been featured in a number of publications, including the Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History, and Latinas: Struggles and Protest in 21 Century USA, as well as the Social Science Research Council’s Items blog.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings and 20 Cooper Square is a wheelchair accessible venue.