QMN Events

Upcoming talk on borders from the Sawyer Seminar:


Gore Capitalism

Borderization and Live Regime

With Sayak Valencia, Professor of Cultural Studies, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte

The talk will be divided in three parts. First, I will make a brief summary of what I understand to be the concept of Gore Capitalism (see Sayak Valencia, Gore Capitalism, MIT Press, 2018). Despite being formally theorized in a different context, I emphasize how the concept continues to be quite generative in illuminating linkages between explicit violence and drug trafficking, ten years later after its coinage. 

Second, I reflect on ‘borderization’ as a form of governance that is simultaneously manifested in our everyday realities and atrociously grounded in the geopolitical.

Finally, I will unfold the linkages between Fascism 2.0 and what I denominate as Live Regime, and I posit that these linkages become intensified under the new realities of COVID-19 and g-lotaritism.

Curator: Eithne Luibheid (Gender and Women’s Studies)

Lecture (open to the public): Thursday, December 10, 2020, 6pm

Seminar: Friday, December 11, 2020, 11am

Check out the following Queer Migration events:


Join editors Eithne Luibhéid and Karma R. Chávez for a conversation with contributors Ruben Zecena, Fadi Saleh, Myisha Arellanus, and Sasha Wijeyeratne to celebrate the release of Queer and Trans Migrations: Dynamics of Illegalization, Detention, and Deportation. 

About the book:

Eithne Luibhéid and Karma R. Chávez’s edited collection provides a first-of-its-kind look at LGBTQ migrants and communities. The academics, activists, and artists in the volume center illegalization, detention, and deportation in national and transnational contexts, and examine how migrants and allies negotiate, resist, refuse, and critique these processes. The works contribute to the fields of gender and sexuality studies, critical race and ethnic studies, borders and migration studies, and decolonial studies.

Bridging voices and works from inside and outside of the academy, and international in scope, "Queer and Trans Migrations" illuminates new perspectives in the field of queer and trans migration studies.

Purchase a copy of Queer and Trans Migrations here. Register to attend this event here.


Monday, Nov. 23rd, 2020

4:00PM MST via Zoom

FREE | Registration required

UNSETTLED is an award-winning documentary that follows the journeys of four LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers. Subhi, Cheyenne & Mari, and Junior reveal their individual stories of fleeing intense persecution in Africa and the Middle East to resettle in the United States. Yet as new leadership in America drastically restricts the flow of refugees and asylum seekers, Subhi, Cheyenne & Mari, and Junior find that building a new life in their adopted nation becomes a precarious undertaking. UNSETTLED sheds light onto the costs persecuted immigrants pay for seeking refuge and reveals how everyday Americans are stepping forward to help those most in need.

Register for this event here.

For more information about the documentary, please visit unsettled.film

For any questions about the screening, please contact Luna Chung (lunachung@email.arizona.edu)

The Queer Migration Research Initiative Presents: (Un)Documents by Jesus I. Valles - workshop and stage play! (Event cancelled due to Covid-19).

Play information:


Melissa Vogt Image description: Flyer featuring U.S.-required immigration documentation and images of Latinx folx. Flyer reads: (Un)Documents. Written and performed by Jesus I. Valles. Directed by Rudy Ramirez. An excerpt reads, "somewhere in an archive, i am burning soft and young i am pages of testimonies, receipts, report cards, case numbers making up the limbs i lack on the page and somewhere else my brothers, their papers deportation proceedings, testimonies, receipts, criminal records scratched and bound and gone and case number making up the limbs they lost leaving and why." Dates of performance: April 10, 2020, Time 7:00PM. Where to go: Harold Dixon Studio, Tickets forthcoming.



¿Y, de dónde ? Telling Migrant Narratives.jpg

Image Description: A photograph of writer and performer of (Un)Documents, Jesus I. Valles, standing in front of a document taped to the wall. image text: ¿Y, de dónde? Telling Migrant Stories. Date: April 9, 2020. Time: 11:00AM - 1PM. Location: Gender & Women's Studies 100. For more information contact Ruben Zecena at rubenz@email.arizona.edu

Check out the upcoming screening and workshop series surrounding Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America

Image description: four people standing with their backs to viewer at the foreground, looking ahead to a sprawling cityscape in front of them. Image text reads: Unsettled, Film Screening, Thurs., Feb 27th, 2020, the Loft Cinema, Free, Workshop w/ Jen Gilomen, Fri., Feb 28th, 2020. For more information, visit https://docscapes.org or email Beverly Seckinger: bsecking@email.arizona.edu. Co-presented by Lesbian Looks.

CFP: ALMN's edited collection on LGBTIQ+ migration on, from and to the African continent (deadline extended!)

Deadline: Contact almresearchnet@gmail.com


The African LGBTQI+ Migration Research Network (ALMN) is pleased to announce its first call for submissions. This edited collection will contribute to existing scholarly debates by bringing together diverse inputs on LGBTIQ+ migration on, from and to the African continent. We have a particular interest in what happens when borders, sexualities, genders, identities, languages and mobilities come up against the histories, trajectories, futures and imaginaries of the African continent. The book aims to interrogate what it means to do research with, on and perhaps for LGBTIQ+ migrants. We welcome contributions that go beyond simplistic narratives of persecution and instead explore how LGBTIQ+ migrants, refugees and asylum seekers subvert hetero-patriarchal norms, forge solidarity networks, negotiate care and protection structures, develop livelihood strategies and carve out spaces within landscapes of abandonment.

Full CFP Details can be found here.