Brazilian travesties in Portugal: itineraries, identities and ambiguities

Leading researcher: Francisco Luís
Research group: Circulation and Place-Making
Type of project: Doctoral research
Status: Concluded
Keywords: Travesti | Prostitution | Queer identities | Flows and transnationalisms

Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BD/41971/2007
Starting date: 01-04-08

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The XX and XXI centuries corresponded to the stretching of globalizing phenomena enhanced by new technologies, either within communication, whether industrial, stressing processes of deruralization and consequent construction of dense urban networks where anonymity was possible to achieve concerning to living different social and erotic experiences, once closed in a silent self, socially isolated by his own difference. The difference, as lived and living experience, was made possible communally, emerging groups that geographically delimited certain urban areas, to which corresponded erotic affinities or sexual practices, initially gays and lesbians. Break up the practical uni-directionality between sex and gender, between sex and sexuality, questioning schemes of asymmetric and structural relations and models of thought rooted (heterosexuality, patriarchy, sexism, etc.). Rubin (1975 in Lewin 2006, in Vance, 1984) admit the existence of two different systems of sex and gender, under an analytical point of view, that made possible mismatch between sex, gender and sexuality. The paradigm of this maximum systemic autonomy is achieved in building an identity transvestite. This mutant identity, changing and unstable seems to accompany a world of intense flows and multiple interdependencies. It is in the global society that transvestites find space and viability for the communal living experience, constituting themselves as transnational group, marked by gender and geographical mobility, first within Brazilian borders and, than at another stage of the project, to Europe. City, prostitution and migration emerge as key factors of geographical spread and identity construction of this community. This project taken at a global point of view maintain or reinvent relations with structure, which seems to erasure them and from which, apparently travesties are self-excluded.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub180*Susana TrovãoSupervisorproj90*Brazilian travesties in Portugal: itineraries, identities and ambiguitiesDoctoral researchConcluded
pub426*Francisco LuísResearch scholarproj90*Brazilian travesties in Portugal: itineraries, identities and ambiguitiesDoctoral researchConcluded
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