#IBLAW21: Images of Queer Kinship: Family Photographs in the Argentine fin-de-siècle
Speaker: Joseph M. Pierce
Joseph M. Pierce is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University. He is the author of [Argentine Intimacies: Queer Kinship in an Age of Splendor, 1890-1910 (SUNY Press, 2019)] and co-editor of Políticas del amor: Derechos sexuales y escrituras disidentes en el Cono Sur (Cuarto Propio, 2018) as well as the forthcoming special issue of GLQ, “Queer/Cuir Américas: Translation, Decoloniality, and the Incommensurable.” Along with SJ Norman (Koori, Wiradjuri descent) he is co-curator of the indigenous-led performance series Knowledge of Wounds. He is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.
This presentation explores the emergence of photography as a space of kinmaking with the power to create and challenge the meanings of family, queerness, and memory. Drawing on intimate portraits, diary entries, and cartes-de-visite, it shows how queerness came to impinge on the normative family in Argentina in the late 19th century, a moment of intense debate over sexual mores and gender roles in both private and public life.