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Mesa 03: TRANS THEORY AND SOCIAL CHANGE

3 September 2016

13:00- 16:00

 

 

Dean Spade

Eli Vásquez

For this Mesa  “teoría trans y cambio social”  Dean Spade and Eli Vásquez came for the first time to Mexico City.

The discussion focused on trans studies and its differentiation with queer studies in Anglo North America and their contextualization in Latinamerica.  Following the previous dialogues we focus on understanding the difference between queer theory and queerying theory, as well as differences between queer theory and feminist studies, gender studies, and tensions between the queer art versus queerying art. 

The questions that guided the dialogue are: what makes an identity trans ? What is a trans body in contemporary art? How is this different from an  homosexual, lesbian, or  abject body? What representations, and self representations of trans exist in art in the Anglo-Saxon and Mexican context? How do we conceptualize a  sexuality and trans identity in Mexico without reproducing speeches, methodologies and Anglo neocolonial practices? What is a trans critical politics? How trans  theory  is different from queer studies ?

Dean Spade is an Associate Professor at Seattle University School of Law. He teaches Administrative Law, Poverty Law, and Law and Social Movements.  He is the founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit law collective that provides free legal services to transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people who are low-income and/or people of color. SRLP also engages in litigation, policy reform and public education on issues affecting these communities and operates on a collective governance model, prioritizing the governance and leadership of trans, intersex, and gender non-conforming people of color.

 

Eli Vásquez,  abogada y activista fundadora del PROYECTO TRANSGEN3RO de Quito  y quien ha marcado sus principales líneas discursivas y políticas. Pensó e implementó la Patrulla Legal (2002), TransTago (2004) y la Casa Trans (2006). En 2008 participó como asesora en la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente de Ecuador en donde propuso cinco normas constitucionales hoy vigentes en materia de diversidad sexo-genérica. Coordinó la ejecución del proyecto de diálogo arte-derecho “Primer Matrimonio Gay del Ecuador: Provocación de una Paradoja Legal” (2010). Participó en el equipo redactor de la propuesta de Ley de Igualdad entre Mujeres, Hombres y Personas de Diversa Condición Sexo-genérica (2011) y fue la autora y proponente de la “Reforma a la Ley de Registro Civil en Materia de Identidad de Género”, lanzada junto a la campaña audiovisual “Mi Género en Mi Cédula” (2012 -2015). Es asesora del Pacto Trans del Ecuador, que aglutina a 18 organizaciones trans del país.

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Suggested Readings: 

– Namaste, Viviane. Against Transgender Rights: Understanding the Imperialism of Contemporary Transgender Politics.

– Spade, Dean. Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law. South End Press, 2011.

– Vargas Cervantes, Susana “Alarma: Mujercitos performing gender in 1970s Mexico” En Trans* Cultural Production. Transgender Studies Quarterly. vol.1, no.4. Duke University Press.

– Vasquez, Elizabeth. ‘Mi género en mi cedula’: un concepto nuevo por una puerta vieja. en Queering Paradigms V. Queering Paradigms of Modernity.