CSGS Visiting Scholar: Gina Velasco

CSGS Visiting Scholar: fall 2012/spring 2013

Gina Velasco

Gina Velasco is an Assistant Professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. After receiving her Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness program at the University of California at Santa Cruz, she was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Bryn Mawr College from 2008-2010.

Current Research:

My first book manuscript, Queering the Transnational Filipina Body: Gendered and Sexual Nationalisms in the Filipino Diaspora, queers the ubiquitous figure of the Filipina body through an analysis of tropes of Filipino transnationalism within Filipino American performance, video/film, and websites. Offering a serious consideration of the political potential of revolutionary, diasporic nationalisms as a form of resistance to U.S. imperialism and capitalist globalization, Queering the Transnational Filipina Body examines the gendered and sexual politics of representing the nation within Filipino diasporic cultural production. More specifically, Queering the Transnational Filipina Body explores the political possibilities and tensions between Filipino diasporic support for revolutionary nationalisms and feminist and queer critiques of the nation.

I am also working on a second project which explores the relationship between nationalisms, diasporas, and queer genders and sexualities, with a focus on the performance art of queer artists of color in the U.S. I am currently collaborating with YaliniDream, a queer Sri Lankan American dissident artist, on an essay that describes how nationalism, experiences of war, gender, and queer sexuality inform both the content and form of her performance art. This article uses a queer diasporic framework to examine the relationship between performance art, transnational political organizing, nationalist movements in the Filipino and Sri Lankan diasporas, and cultural work around issues of gender and queer sexuality. Given the contemporary context of an ongoing global War on Terror, both the violence and the potential of the nation as an organizing principle continue to dominate queer diasporic subjects’ relationship to notions of home and belonging. In addition to multi- and trans-national attachments, queer diasporic subjects must contend with the dominant U.S. racial formation, as well as the neoliberal cultural politics of a mainstream GLBT movement in the U.S. Working within both queer communities of color in the U.S. and transnational political movements across the diaspora(s), queer diasporic artists and activists have a multivalent relationship to gender, sexuality, race, and nation. It is this crucible of affective and material connections that I examine in my study of performance art by queer diasporic artists of color U.S.

You can email Gina Velasco at gv525(at)nyu.edu.