Our Keynote Contributors in 2017



Mariana Docampo from Buenos Aires occupies a unique position in queer tango for combining the conceptual – her 2005 manifesto “What is Tango Queer?” has been profoundly influential – and the practical: her Tango Queer Milonga , her co-leadership since 2007 of el Festival Internacional de Tango Queer de Buenos Aires and her world-wide teaching practice make her a figure of international significance.

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Federico Imperial (aka “San Fede” on Facebook, aka “Dita LVR” international spy) from Paris is a well-known, well-loved and incredibly active member of the international queer tango community. Best known since 2014 for his pioneering work with others on the annual queer tango event La Vie en Rose (LVR) in Paris which, with its attention to conceptual themes, to style and to standards of professionalism, effectively redefined what such “festivals” might be. Fede was unable to make it to the Salon, but he sent Dita instead, which was unforgettable…


Professor Lisa Blackman from Goldsmiths, University of London, works at the intersection of body studies and media and cultural theory and is particularly interested in subjectivity, affect, the body and embodiment. She has published four books in this area including The Body: The Key Concepts (2008 Berg) and the most recent, Immaterial Bodies: Affect, Embodiment, Mediation, (2012, Sage).