This seminar explores how binary categories of sex and gender—male and female—are constituted and established, to then deconstruct them. The workshop will seek to raise critical awareness, through theoretical tools and a transformation exercise, on the concept of identity. Likewise, a creative and disobedient performance will be carried out regarding traditional masculinity and its influence in everyday lives in terms of social relations, the use of public space, and the economic system.
Sayak Valencia is currently Professor and Researcher at the Department of Cultural Studies of El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, a CONACYT research center. She has a doctorate in feminist criticism, theory and philosophy from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She is a poet, essayist and performance exhibitionist. She has studied with Judith Butler, Judith Halberstam, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Beatriz Preciado and Montserrat Galcerán Huguet. Her publications include essays like Capitalismo Gore (Paidós, 2016); Melusina (Barcelona, 2010); the novel Adrift´s Book (Aristas Martínez, 2012); and poetry: El reverso exacto del texto (Centaurea Nigra Ediciones, 2007) and Jueves Fausto (Ediciones de la Esquina/Anortecer, 2004).