Gendering in Research: Nicole, Queen of Macas

Talk by Victor Cova, Aarhus University

2017.11.30 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Date Thu 22 Feb
Time 11:00 13:00
Location IMC Meeting Room, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, Building 1483-312, 8000 Aarhus C

Abstract:

How does capitalism shape gender and race relations? In this talk I examine this question from the vantage point of an indigenous LGBT activist in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Wilo/Nicole, who also works as a consultant for beauty pageants. I move from their life trajectory to geopolitical considerations, addressing on the way  the economic dimensions of both indigenous and LGBT activism and the racial and class dimensions of sex and beauty work. Moving through these scales, capitalism appears not as a singular force but as a dynamic system of contradictory forces that enables activism just as it limits it. Such a perspective enables a queer marxist critique of queer studies’ ignorance of economics, of marxism’s blindness to the erotic, and of intersectionality’s political limitations. This talk is based on 19 months of ethnographic fieldwork in the Ecuadorian Amazon between 2011 and 2017.    

Speaker:

Postdoc Victor Cova, Department of Anthropology, AU

 


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