Identities, Genders and Inequalities in Latin America

The Regional Office Southern Cone & Brazil, Center for Advanced Latin American Studies (CALAS), located in Buenos Aires, opens the call to participate with presentations and collective debate in the Platform for Dialogue "Identities, genders and inequalities in Latin America". It is an invitation to think collectively about pressing questions, in an interdisciplinary, interregional, intergenerational way and with theoretical pluralities.
For more than two centuries, feminist thought and theory has been shedding light on the forms they adopt and the mechanisms that inequalities in gender relations acquire, and the consequences it entails in the living conditions of women and LGBTIQ people. In line with this vast intellectual and academic production, the struggles and demands of the Feminist Movement contribute to sensitize and make visible the synergy of multiple vulnerabilities that crosses these groups; to unveil the power relations that are present in the private space and the intimate life of each person in their daily lives; to place on the public agenda the demand for postponed or violated rights; to develop and organize concrete political tactics with a view to transforming reality.
In particular, the theoretical-political debate on identities acquires special relevance from the processes of emancipatory claim of the gay and lesbian movements since the 1970s in the United States. Some years later, and under the influence of queer thinking, the universal, essentialist and binary identity categories are questioned and "overwhelmed" by new identifications and identity experiences, thus problematizing the correlation between sex, gender, body and erotic-affective desire (Butler, 1990) typical of the heteronormative paradigm. In this framework, the transvestite and trans community challenges the hegemonic classifications around the masculine and the feminine, giving rise to new forms of subjectivation and sex-generic positions that, in turn, when intersecting with other variables, force us to attend to the complex intersections constituting processes of social (dis)hierarchy.
With the aim of promoting dialogues and debates between productions in Europe and the United States and appropriations and productions from Latin America, we collect the contributions of the intersectional perspective, queer thinking, the imprint of Afro feminism
and feminisms of color, the approaches of eco-feminism, ethnofeminism and the decolonial gaze as they provide regional narratives that reconfigure and reinvent Latin American sex-generic identities located in pursuit of emancipation in different levels and areas of social life.
These debates cross the human and social sciences and in Latin America have constituted one of the most powerful transforming forces of the scope and meanings given to human rights and the demands for equality and emancipation.
The fruitful cross between records -narratives (audio)visual and literary, essay, research-, sources and archives marks a field of debates especially amphibious, rich in cleavages to think about the present, the past and the future of the region and re-think the political-social crises in terms of genres and diversities. The ongoing transformations – from constitutional or legislative reform processes to new neoconservative configurations – constitute a relevant scenario that is interesting to look at in the light of gender and diversity debates.
We propose to work during the Platform the connection between these issues from the following axes: 1) Feminist and LGTBQ activisms in late capitalism; 2) Power relations and structural violence; and (3) Dissident bodies and human rights.
This event is part of three major research areas of the Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of San Martin (the School of Humanities, the School of Politics and Government and the Interdisciplinary School of Higher Social Studies) together with the interdisciplinary research profile "Light, Life, Liberty" of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena.

Application and Procedure:

  • The Platform will have a Workshop format with collective debate sessions where participants and guests are expected to present and discuss their own works.
  • Venue: Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Date: April,20-22, 2021
  • Scientific coordinators: Prof. Luciana Anapios (UNSAM) and Prof. Claudia Hammerschmidt (FSU Jena)
  • Applicants: The call is aimed at students, graduates, researchers, activists, artists, and civil society leaders involved in these issues, who work from various disciplines and traditions of thought in social sciences, humanities, and that can provide solid theoretical and empirical reflections on the subject of the platform.
  • Languages: Spanish (preferably), Portuguese, English
  • Submission of proposals: Interested candidates must fill in the application form with personal and institutional data and the proposed title and abstract (between 800 and 1,000 words). It must be sent by e-mail to, with the reference "Platform Identities, Gender and Inequalities in Latin America".
  • In case of being selected, CALAS has funds to reimburse travel expenses and pay for accommodation during the days of the event in Buenos Aires.
  • Deadline: October 29, 2021
  • Applicants will be notified of the evaluation of their work the week of November 26, 2021.




Contact/Mayor information:

Regional Office Southern Cone & Brazil, Center for Advanced Latin American Studies

Administrative coordination: Sofia Espul; E-mail:



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