New York University Presents “Queer Cuba”


The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University presents “Queer Cuba,” the second in the series Globally Queer? Queer Cuba is a panel discussion to be held on Thursday, February 7, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at 20 Cooper Square (4th Floor), New York.

Speakers will be Jafari Allen (Anthropology and African American Studies, Yale University) presenting “A Black/Queer Cuban: Here & There;” José Quiroga (Spanish, Emory University) presenting “Unpacking My Files: Life as a ‘Brigadista,’” and José Muñoz (Performance Studies, New York University) as moderator.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality; the Department of Performance Studies; and the Program in Latino Studies.

Jafari Allen, jointly appointed with the Departments of African American Studies and Anthropology at Yale University, works at the intersections of [queer] sexuality, gender and blackness — in Cuba, the US, and transnationally. He teaches courses on the cultural politics of race, sexuality and gender in Black diasporas; Black feminist and queer theory; critical cultural studies; ethnographic methodology and writing; subjectivity, consciousness and resistance; Cuba and the Caribbean. Dr. Allen’s work includes critical ethnography, ¡Venceremos?: Sexuality, Gender and Black Self-Making in Cuba [Perverse Modernities series of Duke University Press, Fall 2011.]

José Quiroga was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is a professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Emory University. His research interests are contemporary Latin American and Latino literatures and cultures, gender and queer studies, contemporary Cuba and the Caribbean, and Latin American poetry. His published books include Mapa Callejero (Buenos Aires: Eterna Cadencia, 2010), Law of Desire: A Queer Film Classic (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp, 2009), Cuban Palimpsests (University of Minnesota Press, 2005) and, in collaboration with Daniel Balderston, Sexualidades en Disputa (Buenos Aires: Ricardo Rojas, 2005). He has also published Tropics of Desire: Interventions from Queer Latino America (New York University Press, 2001) and Understanding Octavio Paz (University of South Carolina Press, 2000).

José Esteban Muñoz is professor of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He teaches courses in comparative ethnic studies, queer theory and aesthetics. He is the author of Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (1999), Cruising Utopia: The Here and Now of Queer Futurity (2009) and the forthcoming The Sense of Brown. His edited and co-edited collections include the volumes Pop Out: Queer Warhol (1996), Everynight Life: Culture and Dance in Latin/o America, (1997) and special issues of the journals of Social Text (“Queer Transextions of Race, Gender, Nation, 1997 and “What’s Queer About Queer About Queer Studies Now,” 2005) and Women and Performance (“Queer Acts,” 1996 and “Between Psychoanalysis and Affect: A Public Feelings Project, 2009”).

[Many thanks to JoAnne Myers for bringing this item to our attention.]

For more information, please contact CSGS at or call 212-992-9540

Facebook event page here.

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