Decolonizing Queer Space in the SouthernAndes: Race, Sexuality, and Sideways Relationality. A Presentation by Pedro di Pietro (UC Berkeley).
Pedro Javier Di Pietro obtained his Ph.D. in the Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture Program at Binghamton University (SUNY). His work focuses on decolonial ways of thinking and producing difference. To study styles of being permeated by indigenous cosmologies, Di Pietro looks into the production of queer spaces in the Andes and their diasporic dispersal throughout the Americas. His postdoctoral research is two-fold. On the one hand, he examines the geopolitical linkages between subaltern queerness from indigenous/mestizo backgrounds and vernacular spirituality among Latino/as in the U.S. On the other, he would like to further the philosophical framework of his dissertation, weaving regional epistemologies of sex/gender/desire together with the decolonial critique of the human/non-human distinction and its ethico-political aftermath across ethnic, gender, and queer studies.