Centering Intersectional Politics: Queer Migration Activisms ‘After Marriage’

1.71 October 1, 2016 2:30 pm - 4:15 pm

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Presenter biographies will be linked below as they become available. Final program subject to change.

Jamila Hammami
Jara M. Carrington
Claudia Cojocaru
Siobhán McGuirk
Riya Ortiz

The homonormative and homonationalist framings that drove marriage equality campaigns significantly impacted mainstream LGBTQ immigrant rights activism in the United States, especially as it narrowed the types of issues–and people–that were imagined as deserving and acceptable LGBTQ immigrants. In this session, academics and activists will take part in a roundtable conversation to address the question: How might we articulate a more critical, intersectional vision of queer migration politics “after marriage?” The participants will discuss a range of topics important to queer migration activism today and consider potential challenges to addressing these issues, drawing on their respective work on detention and incarceration, border crossings, asylum, sex work, family reunification, trafficking, immigration court hearings, and NGO and grassroots organizing.  We will encourage significant audience participation to bring the contributions of conference attendees into this important conversation. (full abstract)