2024 Scholar's Lecture

2024 Scholar's Lecture

by Katelyn Moore

The Scholar’s Lecture is an annual event held by Women and Gender Studies to honor the work of one of our affiliate faculty members. Our lecturer this year was Dr. Claudia Cabello Hutt, an Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies and Philosophy. She has her PhD in Latin American Literature and Women and Gender Studies and her B.A. in Literature and Linguistics with a minor in Philosophy. Her current project is to write a book on the transatlantic networks of queer women in the first half of the 20th century. Using decolonial, feminist, and queer theories as a framework, this monograph examines an archive that has been historically censored but has nevertheless proven to be extraordinary, providing a glimpse into the radical illegibility of queer desires, bodies, and lifestyles despite being historically censored. 

Dr. Claudia Cabello Hutt’s lecture titled “Radical Illegibility: Queer Women’s Archives as Resistance” discusses how Queer Latin American archives from the first half of the 20th century offer an encounter with the radical illegibility of queer desire, bodies, ways of living, eroticism, and relationships. She examines letters, memoirs, personal journals, and poems from Queer Latin American women to discover how ideas about gender and sexuality were written and circulated in Latin America. Some notable women that Dr. Cabello Hutt discusses are Gabriela Mistral and Laura Rodig and how these women were shaped by a sexist, classist, racist, and heteronormative Chilean society.  

During this talk, Dr. Cabello Hutt explains her research on queer displacements and functions of queer alliances and networks. Queer displacements refers to exploring women’s lives in their home country before they temporarily or permanently move to a different country, specifically looking into their reasons for traveling and the cross-class alliances that result in opportunities for all of the women involved. Functions of queer alliances refers to the dynamics within networks of queer women and how these networks influence these women’s careers, culture, art, and history. Dr. Cabello Hutt puts together these two concepts to create a more complete picture about the lives of queer, Latin American historical women and their networks.  

Access Dr. Cabello Hutt’s publications here.