Queering Borders: Sexualities and Movements in Times of Transphobia and Racism

Schools of Public Engagement: Global, Urban, & Environmental

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Queering Borders
Spring 2024
Taught By: Esther M. Franke
Section: A

CRN: 14354

Credits: 3

How are borders and sexualities mutually constituted? How do queer people navigate asylum systems? How are liberal LGBT politics used to construct global hierarchies? What does it mean to consider sexuality as a method of bordering and borders as a method to sanction or foster different sexual orders? With an understanding of borders as multiple – physical, geopolitical, social, temporal, emotional, … – we will examine the connection of the modern liberal world order and sexual politics, including the meaning of gender and sexualities for (settler) colonialism, migration, asylum and development policies, and the division of labor globally. Moreover, we will analyze the construction of race and manifestation of racism in connection to sexuality and sexual politics and ask how belonging and othering are connected to the containment of sexual deviance. Specific topics include transnational queer activism and survival strategies, queer diaspora politics, gay marriage and aid conditionalities, homonationalism, HIV/AIDS policies and activism, sex workers’ struggles, and the links to concepts like coalition, solidarity, fugitivity, temporality, (im)mobility, care, and humanitarianism. We will also consider the challenges of studying queerness, bordering and migration from a transnational perspective. We will survey different regions of the world and discuss authors such as Eithne Luibhéid, Lionel Cantú Jr, Jasbir Puar, Ann Stoler, Martin Manalansan, Judith Butler, Jose Esteban Muñoz, Gloria Anzaldua, Eric Fassin, Fatima El-Tayeb, and Karma R. Chávez.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Global, Urban, & Environmental (GLUE)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:34am EDT 7/22/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: 66 5th Ave
Room: 716
Date Range: 1/24/2024 - 5/8/2024