Sexuality and Migration
In the contemporary world, it is often assumed that people migrate from one country to another in search of economic opportunities. While this is largely true, scholars have begun to study the role that sexuality plays in the migratory process. In this seminar, we will begin by examining established models for the study of migration and sexuality. Through discussion of case studies, we will press on these traditional models as we discover ways in which sexual identities, practices, and meanings shape migration and vice versa. Case studies will include the lives of Filipino gay men in New York City, the role of sexuality in shaping U.S. immigration policy, and the shifting meanings of sexual practices among Mexican immigrant men and women in the U.S.