Collins Living Learning Center | Queer Migrations
L225 | 31314 | Melinda Brennan


This course examines the relationship between queer identities,
communities, and bodies as they migrate across borders.  Class
readings, writing assignments, and discussions will chart embedded
ideologies in immigration policy and hierarchies of exclusion,
considering their shifts over time and different forms across locales.
We will map the negotiations of queer migrants, and how border
crossing creates transitional tensions  for migrants and the
receiving nation.  Focal areas include: personal narratives of queer
migrants, structures of the state that define the lives of queer
citizens and im/migrants, the methods by which communities and borders
are policed, global trends in policy, acceptance/rejection of asylum
claims, and survival strategies of queer migrants.  By thinking
critically about sexuality, gender, ethnicity, class, and religion,
students will consider many questions including: How does the language
of human rights resonate against immigration policies?  How would the
chances of a successful migration vary across cultures, classes, and
family structures?