Juana María Rodríguez

“Queer Gestures in Mambo Time”

This paper examines how forms of racialization seep into the pleasures, traumas, fantasies and corporeal experiences that shape us as sexual subjects. It proposes new understandings of how sex is animated discursively and affectively in political projects of social change, as it contemplates the circuits of mobility that make sexual gestures and utterances legible across differently understood communities of belonging. Threading scholarship in performance studies and queer theory through the lens of queer of color critique, I argue for the necessity of investigating embodied sexuality in ways that consider how the material, the ephemeral and the imaginary shape the contours of racialized sexual subjectivity. This work is part of a new book project entitled Sexual Subjects, Queer Gestures.

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