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A Wave of Difference: Language Expression in the Argentine Feminist Imaginary

March 11, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join this LAIS co-sponsored event to hear from Nicolas Cuello (National University of La Plata, Argentina).
Link: https://tinyurl.com/ve3fxb6c (Passcode: argentina)
In the context of a disproportionate increase in sexual violence against cis, trans, and transvestite women since 2015, Argentine feminisms have prefigured the untimely irruption of public space in both process and form. The movements; interventions not only impact the social conditions and the epistemic tools for popular intelligibility of language expression of gender violence, through an innovative use of communication technologies and social networks, but also articulate, from the multidimensionality in which inequality operates by gender and more broadly, a transversal resistance to the oppressive characteristics that would accompany the neoliberal turn produced by public policy under President Mauricio Macri’s corporate governance mandate (2015-2019). This new state of public attention and mass representation allowed a reorganization of desires to spread and multiply across territories, professional careers, bodies, and communities throughout the country, which would forever transform the contours of a traditionally instituted political subject, expanding its affective capacity to rework new forms of connection between the personal and the political, extending the singular opportunity of its criticism to all spheres of social organization. In this way, local feminisms constructed networks of theoretical exchange and practical solidarity between cis and trans women, which to this day connect, in a complex way and not without tension, a concert of experiences that link and incorporate radical differences and specific demands of the sectors of working women, ecologists, diverse functional, queer, unionists, anti-racists, piqueteras, educators, prostitutes and racialized, among many others, in a structural critique of the functioning capitalist economic order.
Nicolás Cuello is a PhD candidate at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research in Argentina. He is affiliated to the Gino Germani Research Institute at the University of Buenos Aires and also works as an Assistant Professor at the National University of the Arts. As an archivist he is part of the iniciative “Sex and Revolution” a Programme of feminist and sexed/gendered political memories at CeDInCI, the Centre for Documentation and Research on Leftist Culture. His work focuses on the intersection of artistic practices, queer politics, critical representations of negative emotions and alternative graphic cultures in Argentina.


March 11, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm