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Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities

A Gender Institute discussion led by Karma R. Chávez                          

  • Monday 2nd December 2013
  • 6.30-8pm
  • Room NAB.2.06, New Academic Building, LSE
  • Chaired by Emma Spruce, LSE Gender Institute

Open to all - please note room holds 50 so arrive early

Chávez will discuss her book, Queer Migration Politics (University of Illinois Press, 2013) which argues that neither the inclusionary politics of the US LGBT rights movement nor the utopian turn in some queer theory sufficiently address or reflect the contemporary possibilities for queer politics. Drawing on the rhetoric of activists laboring at the many points of convergence of queer and immigration rights and justice in the US, Chávez advocates for  coalition as a productive alternative to both inclusionary and utopian approaches, even as coalitional approaches sometimes draw upon them both. In this seminar, Chávez will trace the main arguments in the book and highlight some of the key case studies. 

Karma R. Chávez is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Arts and affiliate faculty in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. In addition to her monograph, she is co-editor of Standing in the Intersection: Feminist Voices, Feminist Practices (SUNY Press, 2012), editor of a special issue of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication on “Queer Intercultural Communication” (2013, vol 6. iss. 2), and author of several articles on feminism, queer theory and politics, migration, and social movements. Chávez is also a member of the radical queer collective, Against Equality.