Queer Trans Expressions in the Americas

LAS 6938

Days: Wednesdays
Times: 11:45 am - 2:45 pm
Location: Grinter 376

Course description

This graduate seminar investigates the dynamic and rapidly growing field of Latinx Queer Theory, an interdisciplinary field whose goal is the study of Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x sexuality and gender as a complex cultural, political, and intersectional formation in the United States and Latin America. The seminar begins with examining the origins of our modern conception of gender and sexuality, and how they were constituted through process of colonialism, racialization and the introduction of new gender systems.  Additionally, we will read ethnographic accounts across the regions that highlight “bottom-up stories” of every day experiences in which, queer and trans communities negotiate, contest, and struggle against structural injustice, heteropatriarchy, and transphobia. Ultimately, this course envisions a world that affirms Latinx LGBTQ people and Jotería consciousness that celebrates multiple pathways for generating knowledge and sharing experiences. 


Rafael Ramirez Solórzano
Assistant Professor
Center for Latin American Studies