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Marie Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded to Carlos G Halaburda.

In 2023, Carlos G Halaburda will be Erich Auerbach Associate Fellow at Universität zu Köln , Germany. 

In 2022, Carlos G Halaburda will be Erich Auerbach Research Visiting Fellow at Universität zu Köln , Germany.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded to Carlos G. Halaburda

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow Carlos G. Halaburda (University of Toronto, Department of Spanish & Portuguese) recently won the 2022 Asociación Canadiense de Hispanistas Best Essay Award for researchers and professors.

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow Carlos G. Halaburda (University of Toronto, Department of Spanish & Portuguese) recently won the LASA Carlos Monsiváis Award for the best peer-reviewed article in the Social Sciences published in 2021. The annual award is given by the Sexualities Section of the Latin American Studies Association, the largest scholarly association of Latin Americanists.

I am currently a Marie Skłodowska Curie postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Romance Studies, University of Cologne.

Formerly, I was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University of Toronto. (2021-2023)

Motivated by my commitment to gender-sex diversity and racial and disability justice, I research and teach at the intersections of critical race theory, queer, trans*, and disability studies, and the history of medicine in Latin America. What interests me the most is engaging queer theory with Luso-Hispanic literature to study gendered and sexualized constructions of the body that are rooted in colonial taxonomies of difference. I see my research as part of a broader effort in the Humanities to critique how Western medical sciences produced and reproduced binary systems of corporeal classification— male/female; man/woman; heterosexual/homosexual; able/disabled— to deprive non-normative forms of life of full human status. In this sense, my work questions hegemonic masculinity and femineity, heteronormation, and ableism by considering the voices of dissident bodies who refuse to comply with the prevailing definition of ‹‹the normal›› in the cultural repertoire of the Americas.

My research examines how the mechanisms that produced 'abnormal' bodies not only achieved authority in psychology, sexology, criminology, and endocrinological science but also in numerous cultural artifacts. Literature, the press, and the performance arts became active symbolic platforms to differentiate body normativity from deviance. This conglomeration of ideas gained legitimacy by making the concepts of psyche, libido, consciousness, femininity and masculinity, heterosexuality and homosexuality, intersexuality, and transness biological and social constructs. My critical methodologies read against the grain of medical culture’s eugenic impulse. The main goal of my research is to show that scientific and cultural conventions of what is possible in the realm of sex and gender are constantly reimagined by subjects that create new corporeal realities.

My work has appeared in Taller de Letras, Revista de Estudios y Políticas de Género (UNTREF), Latin American Theatre Review, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, and Symposium. I have forthcoming work with 17, Instituto de Estudios Críticos and Metales Pesados. I co-edited an annotated introduction to the re-edition of Venezuela’s first naturalist novel Débora (1884) by Tomás Michelena (Himpar eds., 2020), a pioneer work in the portrayal of nineteenth-century homosocial ties. I published a critical re-edition of the orientalist novel, Luxuria: la vida nocturna de Buenos Aires (1936) by Otto Miguel Cione (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina, 2022). Currently, I am conducting the project Monster Genders in Latin American Literature. Using crosscutting thematic grids from disability studies, medical humanities, queer and trans* studies, the project seeks to contribute to the emerging scholarship on nineteenth-century gender subcultures and the history of transgenderism in the Global South.

I received my Ph.D. in Luso-Hispanic Studies from Northwestern University (2021) and my Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in History from The University of British Columbia.

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