Orfalea Center Thematic Research Cluster

Global Genders and Sexualities

(Trans)nationalizing US Sexuality and Gender Studies: Trans/Queer activism in India and Mexico

Miguel Fuentes Carreno, graduate student
Debanuj DasGupta (Faculty)

A closed conversation between Indian and Mexican trans activists, along with faculty and grad students from UCSB, on their experiences before and during COVID-19. We aim to hear their life stories and activism as a way to understanding the dynamic interplay between praxis and trans/queer theory. Specifically, we aim to expand transgender studies and how global experiences and organizing in a transnational frame could contribute to broader sexuality and gender studies in the US. The work is being deepened in two countries in specific ways like incarceration, sex work, and HIV adovcacy. We will include Kumam Davidson; Casa de las Muñecas Tiresias, led by Kenya Cuevas; Samabhabona, represented by Rina Roy. We would invite one more activist from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico (pending confirmation). The webinar is intended to include faculty and grad students from UCSB for research and pedagogical purposes, always putting first the safety of the activists that will be joining us.

The conversation will be transcribed and the key points will be written down as an agenda setting article for Global-E.

This event will be streamed on Orfalea’s website and social media as a public webinar. Link forthcoming.

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Graduate Assistant (Global Studies). Eugene (he/him/his) is a PhD student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After receiving his B.A. from Colgate University with a double major in Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations, he was awarded a Fulbright to work as an English Teaching Assistant in Thailand with TUSEF. Before joining UCSB, Eugene studied, taught, and competed professionally in Ballroom and Latin dance in New York City. Eugene's research focuses on international incarceration, the securitization of sexuality and gender, and security technologies used by authoritarian governments. His work focuses on the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
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