The Affective Turn under Southern Eyes: Affect, Gender and Sexuality in Latin America

The Affective Turn under Southern Eyes: Affect, Gender and Sexuality in Latin America

October 22, 2021 | 2:20-3:40 p.m. EST

This presentation scrutinizes an emerging field of thought and knowledge production in Latin America: the analysis of affect, feelings, and emotions, and their impact on how we think about politics, gender, and sexuality. Considering the complex and even contradictory social processes that Latin America is experiencing today—the expansion of feminist and LGBTIQ+ movements, on the one hand, and that of reactionary and neoliberal forces on the other—many scholars are turning to affect to understand our present situation, revisit our history, and imagine new possibilities for the future. Though often inspired by theories established in the Global North, this regional production also marks a departure from mainstream academia. This presentation will explore particular Latin American ways of thinking about affect and reveal how they can expand our understanding of gender, sexuality, and politics.

Cecilia Macón

Cecilia Macón is Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Buenos Aires. She is the author of Sexual Violence in the Argentinean Crimes Against Humanity Trials. Rethinking Victimhood (2016), devoted to the analysis of affect in testimonies of sexual violence. She is finishing a book devoted to scrutinizing feminism in terms of “affective dis-arrangements”.

Mariela Solana

Mariela Solana is an Assistant Researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research in Argentina. Her main research fields are gender and sexuality studies, feminist theories of affect and embodiment, and feminist epistemology and philosophy of science. She is the author of La noción de subversión en Judith Butler (2017).

Drs. Macón and Solana are co-editors of Pretérito indefinido. Afectos y emociones en las aproximaciones al pasado (2015) and, along with Nayla Vacarezza, Affect, Gender and Sexuality in Latin America (2021).


This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

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