Queer of Color Genealogies – Spring Book Series
Presentation of Nepantla Squared: Transgender Mestiz@ Histories in Times of Global Shift by Professor Linda Heidenreich
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Please join us when Professor Linda Heidenreich, Associate Professor with the Department of History at Washington State University, discusses her latest book Nepantla Squared: Transgender Mestiz@ Histories in Times of Global Shift. The event will include a presentation by Professor Heidenreich and a discussion led by Professor Maylei Blackwell. This event is open to all.
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Nepantla Squared maps the lives of two transgender mestiz@s, one during the turn of the twentieth century and one during the turn of the twenty-first century, to chart the ways race, gender, sex, ethnicity, and capital function differently in different times. To address the erasure of transgender mestiz@ realities from history, Linda Heidenreich employs an intersectional analysis that critiques monopoly and global capitalism. Heidenreich builds on the work of Gloria Anzaldúa’s concept of nepantleras, those who could live between and embody more than one culture, to coin the term nepantla², marking times of capitalist transition where gender was also in motion. Transgender mestiz@s, too, embodied that movement. Heidenreich insists on a careful examination of the multiple in-between spaces that construct lives between cultures and genders during in-between times of shifting empire and capital. In so doing, they offer an important discussion of race, class, nation, and citizenship centered on transgender bodies of color that challenges readers to rethink the way they understand the gendered social and economic challenges of today.
Linda Heidenreich is an associate professor of history and of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Washington State University. They are the author of “This Land Was Mexican Once”: Histories of Resistance from Northern California and coeditor of Three Decades of Engendering History: Selected Works of Antonia I. Castañeda.