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Latina/o Studies pres.

Queer/Cuir Américas Symposium

Keynote: Ochy Curiel, Universidad Nacional de Colombia “Encuentros y Desencuentros: Between Decolonial Feminism and Cuir/Queer Theory and Practice" (in Spanish)

Poster Poster
What are the meanings of queer and cuir in Latinx America and the Caribbean? What are the politics of translation and knowledge production in our hemisphere? Join the Cuir Américas Working Group | Grupo de Trabajo Feminista/Queer/Cuir for a bilingual discussion on LGBTQ Latinx, Indigenous, and Afro-diasporic gender, sexuality, and politics, including a panel discussion, keynote address by Ochy Curiel, and reception.

1pm | Welcoming words by Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes (American Culture, Romance Languages and Literatures, Women's Studies), Constanza Contreras Ruiz (English), Kerry White (American Culture)

1:15pm | Roundtable on Queer/Cuir Studies in the Américas

Marcia Ochoa, University of California, Santa Cruz
Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel, University of Miami
Marlene Wayar, Independent Scholar, Argentina
Diego Falconí-Trávez, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, American University/College of the Holy Cross
Juliana Martínez, American University.

Lourdes Martínez-Echazábal, University of California, Santa Cruz/Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

3:00 | Break

3:30-5:00pm Keynote lecture
Ochy Curiel, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
“Encuentros y Desencuentros: Between Decolonial Feminism and Cuir/Queer Theory and Practice" (in Spanish).

Drawing on decolonial feminism which brings together and is complicated by the contributions, theories, analyses and practices of the most critical currents in feminism—such as Black feminism, feminist autonomous separatism, lesbian feminism, the feminism of indigenous women and Abya Yala’s indigenous origins—as well as the contributions of the decolonial turn around the historical construction of modernity and coloniality, this presentation seeks to problematize certain cuir/queer positions and analyses which only consider those bodies that are generated by and sexualized within privileged positions in regards to race, class, and geopolitics. At the same time, this paper tries to revive more critical and radical cuir/queer positions that contribute to constructing projects of social transformation and collective emancipation.

Ochy Curiel is professor of Gender Studies at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She is an Afro-Dominican feminist, lesbian, anti-racist, and decolonial singer/scholar/activist who has been at the forefront of contemporary Afro-feminist movements throughout Latin America.

5:00-6:00pm Reception

Event is free and open to the public and will be in English and Spanish. Interpretation/translation will not be provided.

Major funding for this event provided by the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) through a Think-Act Tank grant. Additional support provided byBrazil Initiative (LACS), the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS), Department of American Culture, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Department of Women's Studies, Institute for the Humanities, Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG), Latina/o Studies Program, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI), the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA), and the U-M Office of Research (UMOR).

For more information about the symposium please contact Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes at

For more information about the special issue of GLQ on Queer/Cuir Américas: Translation, Decoloniality, and the Incommensurable, please visit
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