Patricio Simonetto (UCL): 'Queens between theatres and the streets. The global making of travestis’ popular culture and daily life technologies'
|Dates:||24 February 2021|
|Times:||17:00 - 18:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
Part of the University of Manchester's Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies' research seminar series.
This talk will be online. Here is the link: https://zoom.us/j/94462492930
This presentation analyzes the global making of travestis’ culture and how it changes their interpretations and uses of daily technologies. In this sense, it reconstructs the role played by migration, visiting artist, circulation of narratives, pictures and knowledge in the changing notions about embodiment techniques. It will point out that during the sixties and seventies the emergence of travestis artistas played a role in the differentiation of travesties daily practice in the making of their womanhood, enabling, and querying the realness of their body.
It argues that the global circulation of spectacles, local appropriations, inventions and narrative acted as meditations to enable travestis’ body and identity experience. The making of this diverse visible rich culture was a platform of hybridization with which gestures, knowledge and technologies articulated new meanings of the making of gender experience and the progressive elaboration of a more stable identity. The circulation of photographs and narratives of local or foreign travestis, made visible multiple technologies of intimacy, understood here as the administration of gestures - related to gender, sexuality, class and body conventions - that mediated spaces of negotiation of a stigmatized existence and presented it as a “living possibility”. These narratives put in circulation new ideas about reaching new sex beyond the one that was assigned at birth, as well as, the foundation of an experience of a frontier that moved beyond binary notions as it was being travesti. This perspective connects identity and incarnation, community cultures with daily technologies, by showing how some bodily experiences reached new meanings in concrete contexts.
Role: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow
Organisation: Institute of the Americas, University College London
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