CCSRE Faculty Seminar Series | Marcia Ochoa | Ungrateful Citizenship: On Translatinas, Participation, and Belonging in the Absence of Recognition

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

12:00 pm

Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall (Building 460, 4th floor)

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Sponsored by the Research Institute of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity; Co-Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology

The problematic of citizenship has been theorized through a universalized imaginary subject. This imaginary becomes much more complex when considered through the experiences of trans women (transsexual, transgender, transformista, travestí, vestida, etc.) women in Latin America and in their various migrations to countries of the global north. Based in engaged ethnographic and activist work with transformistas in Venezuela, some of who have emigrated to Europe, and translatinas in San Francisco, California, many of whom are Mexican and Central American immigrants, UngratefulCitizenship proposes an analytical framework for citizenship based on the exclusions and refusals of both gender and migratory status. These exclusions – double- and triple- negations of political subjectivity – are the basis of a number of forms of perverse citizenship. Within and outside the Bolivarian Revolution and the City and County of San Francisco, I detail – through triumphs, the everyday, and heartbreak – how we create the bases for collective vision, political imaginaries and social transformation in these contexts.

Marcia Ochoa is Associate Professor and Chair of Feminist Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz. An ethnographer of media, Ochoa’s work focuses on the role of the imaginary in the survival of queer and transgender people in Latin America, and the place of these subjects in the nation. Her first book, Queen for a Day: Transformistas, Misses, and the Performance of Femininity in Venezuela was published by Duke University Press in 2014 and nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ Studies. Ochoa is a founder and advisor to El/La Para TransLatinas, a social justice project for transgender Latina immigrants in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA and co-editor of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall (Building 460, 4th floor)




Diversity Lecture / Reading Women / Gender 

Faculty/Staff, Students