Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Job Talk: José Amador

"Reassigning Sex during Brazil’s Military Dictatorship: Repression, Clandestine Surgeries, and Self-Making Imaginaries”

Fri, January 22, 2016 | GWB 2.206 (Gordon-White Building Multipurpose Room)

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Job Talk by José Amador
Job Talk by José Amador

The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS) presents a job talk by José Amador, entitled, "Reassigning Sex during Brazil’s Military Dictatorship: Repression, Clandestine Surgeries, and Self-Making Imaginaries.

In 2007, the Brazilian public health system began providing free sex-reassignment surgeries. This talk locates the historical origins of this development in Brazil’s brutal military dictatorship, when medical conceptions of transsexuality consolidated and several self-identified transsexuals struggled to access transition therapies. Drawing on a 1970s court case against the plastic surgeon who performed the country’s first sex-reassignment surgeries and the self-making imaginaries of two of his patients, this talk examines how the biomedical possibility of sex reassignment paved the way for subsequent efforts to turn an individual need into a universal right. By historizicing trans identities and experiences, it reveals that the debates about transsexuality inaugurated during the dictatorship ultimately ended up valuing some trans lives over others.

Sponsored by: The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS)

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