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15 March, 2016

Here you can find the video clips of the Mesa 03 “Trans Theory and Social Change” with the most relevant discussion between Dean Spade and Eli Vásquez.

In this dialogue we continued the most urgent question in the context of Mexico which we started thinking with Judith Butler and Leticia Sabsay, the importance of thinking the act of killing as a social, political practice that is already accepted. Mexico is the second country in the Americas with most hate crimes for homophobia. The murder of entire populations, women, trans populations, has become a political practice. So we want to conclude this project with a dialogue that gives us strategies and that gives us hope.

For this Mesa 03, Trans Theory and Social Change, during the seminar we focused on trans theory more so than trans subjects. First to understand the differences between trans theory and queer theory and most importantly to understand how gender and sexuality are inserted in a bio political of power more broadly, to think, as we have been doing in this almost two years of Mesas de Diálogo, who lives and who dies.

When we started this project six months have passed since the disappearance of the 43 student teachers from Ayotzinapa, as well as more than 4,000 women disappeared in the North of our country, and more than 26,000 disappeared in Mexico since 2006. We wanted to ask ourselves, what gives us hope? What are the possible strategies of change? How can queer help us as a term to establish an international solidarity movement. Judith Butler asked how to mobilize our position against killing when one fears being killed?

I believe that this Mesa 03 through (learning) critical trans theory gave us tools and strategies that we can already apply for social change. And that in fact we are already applying.

In this first clip, Jessica Berlanga from Fundación Alumnos 47 introduces the project and the panelist

Clip 02: Introduction and resume of Mesa 01 and Mesa 02

In this clip Susana Vargas takes up the expositions of the Mesa 01: “Performativity, precarity, and sexual citizenship”, and of the Mesa 02 “The queer / feminist body or of peripheral sexualities in contemporary art” around the central question of this project” who lives and who dies. It also summarizes the seminar previous to the discussion of Mesa 03.

Clip 03: ¿How are the living conditions of trans people in United States?

In this clip Dean Spade starts by contextualizing the living conditions of trans people in the United States in relation to violence and precarity in order to later explican how laws work and the police policies.