Monday, May 18, 2015

Performing Queer Latin@ Loisaida: A Cabaret!


Friday, May 22, 2015 in NYC: Performing Queer Latin@ Loisaida: A Cabaret! ‪#‎LoisaidaFest2015‬ with Lola von Miramar, Karen Jaime, Emanuel Xavier, Jorge Merced, and Susana Cook. Curated by Arnaldo Cruz-Malave. At The Loisaida Center, part of LoisaidaFest! RSVP Free! http://bit.ly/1zyA1Vt

Event on May 22, 2015
Performing Queer Latino Loisaida: A Cabaret!

Queer Latinidades at Northwestern University

May 22, 2015
Queer Latinidades: Toward a Politics of Possibility

Event on May 22, 2015
Program for Queer Latinidades

Queer Latinidades is a daylong conference to be held at Northwestern University on May 22, 2015. It features leading scholars in the field such as Susana Peña (Bowling Green State University), Francisco Galarte (University of Arizona), Salvador Vidal-Ortiz (American University), Sandra Soto (University of Arizona), and Juana María Rodríguez (University of California, Berkeley). The Puerto Rican writer Charles Rice-González will offer a reading. Opening remarks by Frances Aparicio and closing remarks by Ramón Rivera-Servera. Lourdes Torres, Héctor Carrillo, and Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez will serve as panel chairs. Conference also includes several doctoral students: Aarón Aguilar-Ramírez, Gabriel Mayora, and Jorge Mena. Event will take place at the Peggy Dow Elmerich Auditorium, Annie May Swift Hall, 1920 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Queer Hemisphere: A Workshop/Taller at UCSC, May 13-15, 2015




Queer Hemisphere: A Workshop/Taller
May 13-15, 2015
University of California, Santa Cruz

Organizers: Kirstie Dorr, Marcia Ochoa and Deb Vargas

Queer Hemisphere is a project to reorient queer studies and queer theory in the Américas along a hemispheric axis. We aim to create a conversation about queerness and other forms of sexual alterity and diversidad sexual that includes scholars, intellectuals and cultural workers from across the Américas. In order to have this conversation, we need to address the asymmetrical politics of citation, language, and knowledge production that often render minoritized queer scholars in the US and throughout Latin America invisible and unaccountable to each other.

In May, we are bringing together scholars who work in/on Latin America to build a genealogy of Latin American thinkers who have informed our approaches to "queer." Each participant will propose one piece of writing (article or chapter length) in Spanish or Portuguese and produced in the Américas that has shaped how we understand queerness, sexual alterity and diversidad sexual in this part of the world. The intention is for us to discuss the writing of other authors, not our own work. Participants will read the pieces, and present their chosen piece to the taller, making an argument for how it relates to the conversation. Over the course of our two-day conversation we will workshop these ideas and collectively generate a publication project.

This taller is the first of a series of activities that will continue over the next few years to articulate the contours of a Queer Hemisphere. In the Fall of 2016, we will convene a residential research group at the University of California at Irvine (funded by the UC Humanities Research Institute) that will include invited scholars from Latin America to more fully develop the conversation and build the basis for long-term intellectual engagement throughout the hemisphere.

We are putting this call out to advanced graduate students (ABD), faculty and independent scholars/cultural workers who would like to participate in the conversation in Santa Cruz. The taller is free of charge, however participants are responsible for travel and lodging costs on their own. We will provide some recommendations for convenient lodging options and have reserved a block of rooms at the Beach Street Inn in Santa Cruz.

Please submit a cover letter describing your research in the area and a CV, as well as the title of piece of writing you propose to discuss at thetaller to queer.hemisphere@ucsc.edu by April 1. The final list of participants will be available by April 10.

Confirmed Participants:
Carlos Decena
Kirstie Dorr
Licia Fiol-Matta
Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes
Marcia Ochoa
José Quiroga
Juana Maria Rodriguez
Marcelo Spitzner
Deb Vargas
Maria Célleri
Felicity Amaya Schaeffer
Lourdes Martínez Echázabal

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Queer Hemisphere
a UCHRI Research Group developed by:
Kirstie Dorr | Deborah R. Vargas | Marcia Ochoa

New York City Trans Oral History Project


Image by T. Boucher of Silvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson


The New York City Trans Oral History Project is a community archive devoted to the collection, perservation and sharing of trans histories. Make sure to visit their website and learn more about what they do! I really love the amazing artwork they are featuring, an image of Stonewall pioneers Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson by T. Boucher. Silvia is holding the sign that says "Gender Self-Determination" while Marsha appears with a beautiful bouquet and a sash that says Stonewall. Lovely!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Lola von Miramar and Larry La Fountain at Loisaida Festival in May 2015

Two fantastic upcoming events curated by Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé:

Friday, May 22 : Performing Queer Latin@ Loisaida: A Cabaret

This event is on May 22, 2015 8:00 pm

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Performing Queer Latin@ Loisaida: A Cabaret (8:00-10:30 pm)

Sponsored by: Loisaida Inc.
Loisaida has a long tradition of LGBTQ Latin@ artistic expression, experimentation and activism which developed from encounters among racially, ethnically, generically and sexually diverse folks in streets, parks, restaurants, cafes, theaters, galleries, bars, and cabarets. Some of New York City’s most legendary queer Latin@ performance artists pay tribute to this tradition and kick off the Loisaida Center’s 28th Annual Loisaida Festival.

Performances by:

Emanuel Xavier is a poet and performer of Ecuadorian/Puerto Rican heritage and an iconic figure of the Loisaida spoken word and performance scenes.  He is the author of the poetry books Nefarious (2013), Americano: Growing up Gay and Latino in the USA (2012), Pier Queen (2012), and If Jesus Were Gay & other poems (2010), the novel Christ Like (2009), and the audio spoken word album, Legendary (2009).  He is editor of Me No Habla With Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry (2011) and Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry (2008).  He appeared on Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry on HBO and has performed in cities throughout the United States, Buenos Aires, Ghent, London, and Paris.
Susana Cook is an icon of the Lower East Side lesbian underground.  Born in Argentina, Cook is a New-York-based playwright, performer and director of works in political theater.  She has staged 16 original plays, includingHamletango100 years of AttitudeDykensteinSpic for Export, and Ther Values Horror Show, in venues such as Dixon Place, P.S. 122, W.O. W Café Theater, Ubu Rep, and The Kitchen.
Jorge Merced is an award-winning actor, theatre director, and queer scholar and activist. He is associate artistic director of the Pregones Theater where he has directed plays and performances such as Baile Cangrejero, El Apagón, Blanco, Aloha Boricua, Migrants!, Las facultades, Neon Baby, and Marchers Trilogy and the readings and workshop productions for the Asunción Playwrights Project.  His New York directing credits also include Fellini’s La Strada with René Buch, El huésped vacío and The Smell of Popcorn (IATI).  As an actor, he is acclaimed for his role as Loca la de la locura [The Queen of Madness] in Pregones’s play based on the writer Manuel Ramos Otero’s short story of the same name, El bolero fue mi ruina [The Bolero Was My Downfall].  He has trained, performed, and directed throughout the U.S. and abroad in Brazil, Chile, Cuba, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Slovakia, and Spain.
Karen Jaime is an acclaimed spoken word/performance artist and poet, an accomplished scholar, and a postdoctoral research associate (2014-2015)/ Assistant Professor (2015-) in the Department of Performance and Media Arts and the Latina/o Studies Program at Cornell University.  As a performer, she has served as the host/curator for the Friday Night Slam at the world-renowned Nuyorican Poets Cafe, participated in the spoken word documentary Spit!, and was featured in the Emmy-award winning CUNY-TV program Nueva York.  As a poet, Jaime’s work is included in The Best of Panic! En Vivo From the East Village, Flicker and Spark: A Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry, and in a special issue of Sinister Wisdom: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary and Art Journal, “Out Latina Lesbians.”  Her critical writing has been published in Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, in the online journal of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, e-Misférica, and in Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism.  Karen is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Queering Poetry in Loisaida: Language, History, and Performance at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
Hosted by: Larry LaFountain-Stokes is a distinguished creative writer, scholar, and performer. He is an associate professor of Spanish and American Studies at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and author of the bilingual book of short stories and personal essays Uñas pintadas de azul/Blue Fingernails, the performance piece Abolición del pato, and the scholarly study Queer Ricans: Puerto Rican Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora.  He is well-known for his performance persona Lola von Miramar.
Curated by: Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé is professor of Spanish and comparative literature, and director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Institute at Fordham University in New York.  He is the author of Queer Latino Testimonio, Keith Haring, and Juanito Xtravaganza: Hard Tails, a book about art and queer Latino popular culture in the gentrifying New York of the 1980s, and coeditor, with Martin Manalansan, of Queer Globalization: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism. He has been a recipient of the Ford Foundation and the NEH fellowships.


Saturday, May 23 : Reconstructing Queer Latin@ Loisaida in Cinema Literature and Art

This event is on May 23, 2015

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Reconstructing Queer Latin@ Loisaida in Cinema
Literature and Art (1:00-5:30 pm)

Sponsored by: Loisaida Inc.
Loisaida has long been recognized as an international cutting-edge center of creativity and experimentation in the arts and activism. However the contribution of Latin@ lgbtq artists and activists in creating this culture, which has inspired the rest of the nation and the world, has only recently been the object of scholarly study. The Loisaida Center pays homage to two of the founding figures of Queer Latin@ Loisaida art and activism, drag performer Mario Montez (1935-2013) and performance artist Alina Troyano (a.k.a Carmelita Tropicana), divas of queer Latin@ Loisaida cinema and stage, by showing two of their most famous and representative films, José Rodríguez-Soltero’s The Life, Death, and Assumption of Lupe Velez (1966) and Ela Troyano’s Your Kunst Is Your Waffen (1996). The viewing of Lupe will be introduced by Yale University film historian and curator Ron Gregg. The viewings ofLupe and Your Kunst will be followed by Q & A with curator Ron Gregg, the artist Alina Troyano, and the director Ela Troyano. A panel of distinguished scholars discussing the state of the research on the contribution of Latin@ lgbtq artists and activists to Loisaida’s cultural and social life will follow the viewings. Curated by Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé.

Divas of Queer Latin@ Loisaida Cinema and Stage:
Mario Montez and Carmelita Troyano

1:00-2:00 pm José Rodríguez-Soltero’s The Life, Death, and Assumption of Lupe Velez (1966) (50 mins). Starring Mario Montez. Introduced by Ron Gregg (Yale University)
2:00-2:30 pm Ela Troyano’s Your Kunst Is Your Waffen (1996) (27 mins). Starring Carmelita Tropicana.
2:30-3:30 pm Q and A with Ron Gregg, Ela Troyano, and Alina Troyano (a.k.a Carmelita Tropicana).

The State of Research on Queer Latin@ Loisaida: A Round Table Discussion.

3:30-5:30 pm A panel of distinguished scholars discusses the state of the research on the contribution of Latin@ lgbtq artists and activists to Loisaida’s cultural and social life: What have Latin@ lgbtq artists and activists contributed to the culture of experimentation and innovation, social and individual expression that is associated with Loisaida? What have the interactions been between Latin@ lgbtq artists and activists and other queer Loisaida artists and activists? What have the interactions been between Latin@ queer artists and activists and Loisaida artists and activists from other racial and ethnic groups? What have the interactions been between Latin@ queer artists and other Loisaida Latin@ artists and activists? What are the “hidden” or unexplored histories of queer Latin@ Loisaida? Where should we look to recover these “hidden” or unexplored histories? What role or roles have queer Latin@ Loisaida artists and activists played in the cultural, social, and economic transformations of Loisaida from 1970s to the present?
With the participation of:
Frances Negrón-Muntaner (Columbia University)is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and scholar. She is an associate professor of English and Latino Studies at Columbia University, the director of the Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, and founding curator of the Latino Arts and Activist archive at Butler Library. Among her books and publications are Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture (winner, 2004 CHOICE Award), The Latino Media Gap, and Sovereign Acts. Her films include AIDS in the Barrio, Brincando el charco: Portrait of a Puerto Rican, and Small City, Big Change. In 2005, she was named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business magazine, and the United Nations’ Rapid Response Media Mechanism recognized her in 2008 as a “global expert.” She is also the recipient of El Diario/La Prensa’s annual “Distinguished Women Award” (2010) and Columbia University’s “Most Distinguished Faculty Award” (2012).
Roy Pérez (Willamette University)is an accomplished scholar and poet and an assistant professor of English, American Ethnic Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He received his PhD in English at New York University with concentrations in Latina/o literary and performance studies and is a past fellow of the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He has published poems and essays in Glitter Tongue, the Best of Panic! poetry anthology, TheThePoetry, bully bloggers, and FENCE Magazine, and recently adapted one of his poems to film with director Finn Paul. His current scholarly book project, Proximity: Queer Configurations of Race and Sex, examines the function of interracial closeness in the articulation of sexual identity by queer artists from the late-nineteenth century into the twenty-first.
Karen Jaime (Cornell University)is an acclaimed spoken word/performance artist and poet, an accomplished scholar, and a postdoctoral research associate (2014-2015)/ Assistant Professor (2015-) in the Department of Performance and Media Arts and the Latina/o Studies Program at Cornell University. As a performer, she has served as the host/curator for the Friday Night Slam at the world-renowned Nuyorican Poets Cafe, participated in the spoken word documentary Spit!, and was featured in the Emmy-award winning CUNY-TV program Nueva York. As a poet, Jaime’s work is included in The Best of Panic! En Vivo From the East Village, Flicker and Spark: A Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry, and in a special issue of Sinister Wisdom: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary and Art Journal, “Out Latina Lesbians.” Her critical writing has been published in Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, in the online journal of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, e-Misférica, and in Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism. Karen is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Queering Poetry in Loisaida: Language, History, and Performance at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
Larry LaFountain-Stokes (University of Michigan at Ann Arbor)is a distinguished creative writer, scholar, and performer. He is an associate professor of Spanish and American Studies at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and author of the bilingual book of short stories and personal essays Uñas pintadas de azul/Blue Fingernails, the performance piece Abolición del pato, and the scholarly study Queer Ricans: Puerto Rican Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora. He is well-known for his performance persona Lola von Miramar.
Moderated by: Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé (Fordham University)is professor of Spanish and comparative literature, and director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Institute at Fordham University in New York. He is the author of Queer Latino Testimonio, Keith Haring, and Juanito Xtravaganza: Hard Tails, a book about art and queer Latino popular culture in the gentrifying New York of the 1980s, and coeditor, with Martin Manalansan, of Queer Globalization: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism. He has been a recipient of the Ford Foundation and the NEH fellowships.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Being With: A Special Issue of Social Text on the Work of José Esteban Muñoz

Just came across the "Being With" 2014 special issue of Social Text, which Lisa Duggan mentions in her "He Does Class and Race, She Does Gender and Sexuality (and Class and Race): Heteronormativity in the Left Academy" blogpost on Bully Bloggers. (Thanks for posting on Facebook, William Calvo-Quirós!) It is a very moving and fascinating tribute to leading scholar José Esteban Muñoz (1967-2013), full of insightful essays, poems, and performance documentation. Some highlights include Jean-Luc Nancy's "Ode to José Esteban Muñoz" (masterfully translated by Damon R. Young), Joshua Chambers-Letson's reflection on organ transplants and Pedro Almodóvar's classic film All About My Mother ("Compensatory Hypertrophy, or All about My Mother"), Alexandra T. Vazquez's "Parts of a World," Joshua Javier Guzmán's "Notes on the Comedown," Tavia Nyong'o's "In Finitude: Being with José, Being with Pedro" (about Pedro Zamora), José Quiroga's "Unpacking My Files: My Life as a Queer Brigadista," and Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas's "It’s Kinda Cold Out Here: A Poem Assembled from Correspondence, with an Introduction." A beautiful publication!

Social Text (Volume 32, Number 4 121, Winter 2014, Special Issue Editors: The Being With Research Cluster).


Friday, April 17, 2015

15th Annual Latin@ Culture Show at the University of Michigan

15th Annual Latin@ Culture Show: Caminos, at the Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Image from 14th Annual Latin@ Culture Show with Lola von Miramar

Come out, come out, wherever you are! Tonight Michigan está de quinceañera! Yes! It's the 15th Annual Latin@ Culture Show and who is the host? The one and only Lola von Miramar, who is recovering from her cough but will be there with all of her wit and charm! Come to the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre at 7:00pm. In Ann Arbor, Michigan! Viva! See Facebook event here.