According to Gloria Anzaldúa, “borders are set up to define the places that are safe and unsafe, to distinguish us from them” (Borderlands, 3). Al hablar de amor, necesitamos nosotres de esos bordes para cuidarnos? Us, who are “mita’ y mita’-neither one nor the other, but a strange doubling” (Borderlands, 19) Do we need those borders to love? Us––the new mestizxs that “can’t hold concepts, or ideas in rigid boundaries” (79)–––Why do we keep forcing ourselves to love in limiting ways?
AnaLouise Keating emphasizes that “we are interlinked in every way we can possibly imagine, as well as in ways that perhaps we cannot yet fathom” (44). In this sense, the notions of “Affective Borderlands” and “Borderland Affects” are theoretical tools that serve as a starting point to envisioning and embody forms of relationality yet to be created, explored, and named. ———-
Snapshot of the paper I presented today al #elmundozurdo
👩🏽🎨by Laura Aguilar