Conference Looks at Gender, Sexuality and Citizenship in Immigration

Board Patrol agent assesses health of woman immigrant after crossing into U.S. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo)

“The Politics of Migration: Gender, Sexuality and Citizenship” is the focus of the women, gender, sexuality studies department’s spring conference on Feb. 26-27 in the Campus Center.

The crisis of Central American child migrants to the United States, brought to public attention last summer, has highlighted the oft-neglected gendered (and generational) dynamics of cross-border movements.

In bringing together faculty, administrators, staff, students and interested community members to discuss the intersections of gender, sexuality, migration and citizenship, the conference aims to empower citizens and activists who can think, speak and act in informed ways, according to organizers.

The event will feature keynote talks by scholars Chandan Reddy of the University of Washington, who will employ queer of color critique to consider the politics of migration, and Eithne Luibhéid of the University of Arizona, who will speak on the links between nationalism, sexuality and the norms of citizenship. The conference will also include a panel on social reproduction and transnational entanglements as well as a two part event celebrating the recent release of associate professor Svati Shah’s new book, “Street Corner Secrets: Sex, Work, and Migration in the City of Mumbai.”

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required by Feb. 12. For full information on the conference and to register, go to https://politicsofmigrationconference.wordpress.com. For questions or further details, e-mail wgss.umass.conference@gmail.com.