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Margie Giacalone

Linguistic & Sociocultural Anthropology


Margie (she/they) is a 4th year phd student, living as a guest on the lands of the Peoria, Kaskaskia, Piankashaw, Wea, Miami, Mascoutin, Odawa, Sauk, Mesquaki, Kickapoo, Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Chickasaw Nations.

Her work explores the relationships between language, identity, and land in Bolivia. She works with Bolivian feminists and gender and sexual dissidents who use multilingual strategies between Quechua, Spanish, English, and other Indigenous languages to refuse, reproduce, or reinvent meanings about themselves for healing, joy, and pleasure. She asks how these intersubjective strategies create politics of care, and if they have the ability to transform assumptions of belonging in Bolivia and the Andes by centering Indigenous and mestize dissident languages and desires for futurity.

Margie has a minor in GWS Studies, Queer Theory Studies, and American Indian Studies. Their advisors are Dr. Orta and Dr. Davis. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to them!

Research Interests

language, semiotics, inter/subjectivity, land, decolonial and anticolonial methods, Latinx and Latin American feminisms, queer & cuir theory, Bolivia and the Andes