E Que Das Suas Vidas?: Revisiting the Lives of Queer Brazilians in Newark

Join us for a talk by Dr. Yamil Avivi "E Que Das Suas Vidas?: Revisiting the Lives of Queer Brazilians in Newark," on September 17, 2019 in the Dana Room on the 4th floor of the John Cotton Dana Library at 185 University Avenue in Newark.

From 2005-2008, Yamil Avivi conducted an ethnographic interview study of queer Brazilian immigrant men living in the Ironbound neighborhood. Missing from dominant and immigrant Lusophone newspapers and historical narratives, Avivi centered these queer men’s everyday lives including their participation at church, the market and nightlife within the neighborhood. Just over ten years later, he interviewed several interviewees again to understand what has become of their lives. He asks these men about their continued relationship and sense of belonging within the Ironbound and greater Newark; how the queer community and its nightlife in the neighborhood may have grown, changed or stayed the same; and where they see themselves in the future. Ultimately, Avivi argues that the interviewees who continue living in the Ironbound are contained within its dominant and transnational heteronormative culture despite (their engagement and relationality with) a younger generation's visibly queer(er) presence and eccentricity in the neigborhood's market and nightlife. In spite of this, these men continue fostering meaningful queer non-Brazilian and non-Lusophone relationships within and outside the Ironbound that suggest critical diversity in their everyday lives.

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About Avivi

Dr. Yamil Avivi is an independent scholar who received a Ph.D. in American Culture in 2016 from the University of Michigan. Avivi's research focus is on U.S. queer Latinx Brazilians and Colombians and also Latinx Muslims, with a focus on New Jersey. He has published articles on Queer Brazilian TV Representations in Newark, on subjectivity and spacemaking among Brazilian Queers in Newark, and about Colombian queer asylum seekers in South Florida. His dissertation, "Latinx Youth Subcultures in Elizabeth, New Jersey: Memory, Spacemaking, and Citizenship, 1980s-1990s" examines non-heteronormative Latinx youth subcultures - such as house, gay ball, rave, and goth - to amplify Latinx youth subjectivity and subject making. He is working to turn his dissertation into a book. Avivi served as a 2005-2008 graduate fellow with the New Jersey Hispanic Research Information Center (NJHRIC) at the Newark Public Library. He helped curate the first ever oral history exhibit on Colombians in New Jersey and wrote two statewide oral history profiles on Colombians and Dominicans. He is currently working as a Fair Housing Advocate for the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County and lives in Boca Raton, Florida.

Avivi's research focus is on U.S. queer Latinx Brazilians and Colombians and also Latinx Muslims, with a focus on New Jersey. He has published articles on Queer Brazilian TV Representations in Newark, on subjectivity and spacemaking among Brazilian Queers in Newark, and about Colombian queer asylum seekers in South Florida. 

Victoria Borges, Volunteer and Community Partnership Coordinator at the Ironbound Community Corporation will facilitate a discussion following his presentation.  

Whitney Strub, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark and co-director of the Queer Newark Oral History Project (QNOHP), will moderate.

This event is free and open to all.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information and to register visit: queerbraziliansinnewark.eventbrite.com.  

The event is presented by the Queer Newark Oral History Project, and Co-Sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program, the LGBTQ and Intercultural Resource Center, the Federated Department of History, the Department of African American and African Studies, and the Ironbound Community Corporation.