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

Job Talk: Marcia Ochoa

"Los Huecos Negros: Cannibalism, Sodomy and the Failure of Modernity in Tierra Firme"

Mon, February 8, 2016 | GWB 2.206 (Gordon-White Building Multipurpose Room)

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Job Talk by Marcia Ochoa
Job Talk by Marcia Ochoa

The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS) presents a job talk by Marcia Ochoa, entitled, "Los Huecos Negros: Cannibalism, Sodomy and the Failure of Modernity in Tierra Firme."

Los huecos negros are the kinds of bars where you can find maricos and transformistas in Caracas. These “black holes” are spaces of impossibility, but also sites of pleasure. Using Taussig’s space of death and Holland’s deployment of it in the U.S. context, this paper considers queerness, blackness and indigeneity in the production of huecos negros in Venezuela and other parts of Latin America. Grounded in the moment in 1513 in which Balboa set his dogs on 40 “sodomites,” my own entry into one of the infamous huecos negros of the center of Caracas, and a collaboration between Venezuelan artists and activists Yhahaira Falcon and Argelia Bravo, this paper describes the failure of modernity in Tierra Firme and the possibilities it may produce.

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

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