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Queering Testimony-Artivism, Queer Space, & Identity in Peru

Monday, April 16, 2018
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Storrs Campus
El Instituto Conference Room, Ryan Building

"Queering Testimony: Artivism, Queer Space, and Identity in Peru" - a presentation of Cynthia Meléndez Montoya's research.

This research focuses on the theatrical work of the LGBTIQ activist collective No Tengo Miedo. Originating in Lima in 2013, No Tengo Miedo uses the arts to represent the LGBTIQ community within Peru. Looking at two theater plays they created, “Desde Afuera”[From the Outside] and “Al Otro Lado del Espejo” [The Other Side of the Mirror], I explore how these activists use testimony inside their performances to construct queer identity and address the political necessities of LGBTIQ people within the larger social context of Peru. Using a queer feminist lens, I argue that the LGBTIQ stories portrayed in these plays produce four major themes relating to 1) humanization and suffering 2) realness, 3) queer identity and family, and 4) otherness. I end by suggesting that, while these forms of activism make important advancements, they also may reproduce the same mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion of the nation-state through certain identities that are regulated by race, sexuality, and further ‘othering’.

Cynthia Melendez Montoya, MFA MA Student; Latino & Latin American Studies Feminist Studies Certificate; Women's, Gender, and Sexualities Studies she/her University of Connecticut Ryan Building, 2nd floor 2006 Hillside Road, Unit 1161 Storrs, CT


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