‘Latinx: Queer Brown Voices’ discussion on Oct. 20

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Salvador Vidal-Ortiz
(Photo courtesy of ISU)

NORMAL — Illinois State University will host Salvador Vidal-Ortiz of American University when he addresses how the term Latinx has become both a source of solidarity and contention at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, in Schroeder Hall, room 130.

The event is part of Latinx Heritage Month at ISU and is sponsored by the LGBT/Queer Studies and Services Institute, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, and the Organization of Latino/a Employees.

According to the ISU press office, Vidal-Ortiz will discuss how the articulation of Latina/o/x populations through the term Latinx becomes a source of possibilities. Focusing on queer Latinx identities, the lecture addresses the logics of inclusion from activist on the x for LGBTQ+ and non-gendered purposes.

Vidal-Ortiz’s scholarship has included racialization, sexuality, gender, migration, and religion, and is interdisciplinary. He co-edited two award-winning books, The Sexuality of Migration and Queer Brown Voices, and also co-authored Race and Sexuality.

Within the American Sociological Association, Vidal-Ortiz has served as convener of the Sociology of the Body and Embodiment section, is past chair of the Sexualities Section, and currently serves as editorial board member for Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, from the Race and Ethnic Minorities section. In 2018, he served as tri-chair for ASA’s Sexualities Section Pre-conference: Sexualities, Race, and Empire: Resistance in an Uncertain Time. He has also been an editorial board member for TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly.

Vidal-Ortiz continues Fulbright-based research on displacement and LGBT people in Bogotá, Colombia, the press office said.

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