Sideways Selves: on the decolonizing geographies of trans* justice across the Américas

Lecture | April 16 | 12-2 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall

 Pedro Javier DiPietro, Assistant Professor in Women's and Gender Studies, Syracuse University

 Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

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This talk examines trans* of color geographies as they speak to the hemispheric projects of Latinx, indigenous, and decolonial trans*feminisms. It focuses on trans spaces as responses to the coloniality of gender and its shaping of trans dispossession and rehabilitation. It foregrounds connections among the ways that we do, think, and practice trans* at three sites: networks of travesti sex workers from the Andean region, queer and trans* Latinx performers in the bay area, and Xicana/Latina feminisms. Weaving together (auto)ethnographic, philosophical, and cosmological/spiritual inquiries, this presentation introduces the trans* notions of “sideways selves” and “hallucinating knowing” to explore collective projects of embodiment, perception, and spatial citizenship.

Pedro Javier DiPietro is an assistant professor in the department of women’s and gender studies at Syracuse University. Identifying as transfeminine, nonbinary, and Latinx, they work at the intersection of decolonial feminisms, transgender studies, and women of color thinking. Their main research examines ways of doing, knowing, and perceiving trans* against geographies of trans viability. By focusing on travesti sex- workers from the Andean region, queer and trans* Latinx performers in the bay area, and Xicana/Latina and Latin American feminist thinkers, DiPietro shows their interrelated contributions to debates on decolonial thinking and transfeminisms, colonization and transing embodiments, and trans* space and justice.

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