23 Jan Intimate Internationalisms: Toward an Anti-Imperialist Erotics of Feminist Solidarity
Tamara Lea Spira (Women’s Studies, University of Oregon)
Thursday, January 23 / 1:00 PM
Feminist Studies Conference Room, 4631A South Hall
This talk theorizes the relationship between 1970s U.S. Third World queer and feminist movements and Latin American anti-imperialist revolutions of the late twentieth century. Dr. Spira examines the historically occluded relationships between Third World feminist and queers in Chile and the United States throughout the transition to neoliberalism. Dr. Spira’s archive includes June Jordan’s unpublished exchanges with her Chilean translator, the writings of Audre Lorde, and a 1973 Third World feminist poetry reading staged in San Francisco shortly after the Pinochet coup. She also consider previously “disappeared” chronicles of Angela Davis in Allende’s Chile.
Tamara Lea Spira is a scholar of and Critical Race Theory, Feminist Studies, Sexuality Studies, and Latin American Studies. She received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz in History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments. She was awarded a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Davis and is currently a Research Scholar at the Beatrice Bain Research Center at UC Berkeley, where she is coordinating the collective project “Archiving 1960s and 1970s Third World and Anti-Colonial Feminist and Queer Transnational Solidarities.” Dr. Spira teaches in Women’s and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Latin American Studies at the University of Oregon. Her writings have been published in journals such as Radical History Review, Identities, Feminist Theory (forthcoming), The International Journal of Feminist Politics, E-misférica, and NACLA Journal on the Americas, as well as several anthologies. Spira is currently revising her first book manuscript on transnational queer and feminist memories of 1970s revolutions and the amnesias of neoliberalism. She has also begun her second book project on Palestinian and Jewish memory and shifting racial forms of empire in post-dictatorial Chile and Argentina.
Sponsored by the Hull Chair of Feminist Studies and the IHC’s New Sexualities Research Focus Group