Queer Aqui: Together in Hard Times will be a gathering of activists, academics, politicians and artists in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in March 2020. We will meet to discuss the times we live in from the vantage point of insights offered by queer and feminist theories of the state, of thriving and survival, of aesthetic strategies, of sound and vision. Convened by the Queer Theory: Here, Now, and Everywhere working group at Columbia University, Queer Aqui stages a series of conversations and workshops between US-based and Brazil-based thinkers, makers and doers. With panels on anti-gender theories, queer voices, and alternative knowledge production in trans Black contexts, and featuring presentations by artists Carlos Motta discussing work by Jota Mombaça and others, and workshops on queer film and queer performance, these two days will offer a lively, dynamic and politically situated set of discussions for local participants and audiences. The event will also feature a tribute memorial in memory of murdered feminist activist Marielle Franco, and in the spirit of her legacy, we will foster and foreground the knowledges of marginalized groups and southern theories of bodies, praxis and transformation.
Day 1 Wednesday -- March 18, 2020
10 – 10:30am: Welcome Address by Jack Halberstam and Macarena Gomez-Barris
10:30 – 12pm: Artist Talk and Interview -Participants: Carlos Motta and Jota Mombaça
2 – 4pm Panel: Queer Resonances in a Hemispheric Context: Moderator, Jack Halberstam
Participants: Licia Fiol-Matta, Daniel Da Silva, Macarena Gomez-Barris
5pm – 7pm Panel: Black Trans Theorizing, Moderator - Dora Silva Santana,
Participants: Alessandra Ramos, Dandara Vital, Leonardo Pecanha, Jaqueline Gomes de Jesus.
Day 2 Thursday -- March 19, 2020
11-1:00pm Queer Activism and Feminism after Marielle Franco with Macarena Gomez-Barris and Paul Amar and special guests
2:00– 3:30pm Panel: The Anti-Gender Movement, Moderator - Eng-Beng Lim
Participants: Gil Hochberg, Jack Halberstam, Rogério Diniz Junqueira
4:00– 5:30pm Workshop on Performance,
Moderator: Daniel Da Silva
Participants: Tavia Nyong’o, Arnaldo Cruz Malave, Eng Beng Lim, Raphael Buthmann and Tainá of House of Cazul
6:00– 7:30pm Film Workshop, Denilson Lopes.
8pm Closing Reception and Performance at Canto da Carambola, Santa Teresa, Rio with performances from members of the House of Cazul