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Queer Caribbean Studies after Orlando?

October 11, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Greater Caribbean Studies Center and the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University invite you to a talk with Maja Horn!

This talk explores how queer Dominican culture speaks to and complicates critical currents in Caribbean and Latin American queer studies and suggests what these Caribbean perspectives might teach us about the Orlando tragedy and its aftermath.


Maja Horn is the Chair and Associate Professor at Barnard College at the Department of Spanish and Latin American Cultures. She is the author of Masculinity after Trujillo: The Politics of Gender in Dominican Literature (University Press of Florida, 2014). Maja received her B.A. in Latin American Literature from Smith College in 1998, an M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU in 2002, and her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Cornell University in 2005. Before joining the Barnard faculty in 2006, she was a research associate at FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she developed and taught a performance studies concentration. Professor Horn specializes in contemporary Caribbean cultures with a focus on literature, visual and performance art, and political culture.

She is currently completing a second book on queer Dominican literature, visual and performance arts. She also has published widely on Latin American and Caribbean arts for various art magazines in the U.S. and in the Dominican Republic. At Barnard College she teaches courses on Caribbean literature, visual and performance arts, as well as courses about gender and sexuality in the Americas. Maja Horn is affiliated with and teaches regularly for the Africana Studies Program at Barnard College. She also teaches graduate seminars for the Department of Latin American and Iberian Studies and is an affiliate of CSER  (The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race) at Columbia University.


The event’s discussant will be Alberto Medina, Professor and Chair at the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University. Mr. Medina specializes in XVIIIth-century studies, contemporary Spanish literature and film, and transatlantic studies. 
He is the author of Exorcismos de la memoria: políticas y poéticas de la melancolía en la España de la transición, and Espejo de sombras: sujeto y multitud en la España del siglo XVIII. His articles have been published in journals such as Hispania, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Iberoamericana and Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies.


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