Queer Migration Network Initiative, QMN

Established by FAC member and past director, Professor Eithne Luibhéid, the UA Institute for LGBT Studies' Queer Migration Network (QMN) is an interdisciplinary research initiative that critically examines how migration processes fuel the production, contestation and remaking of sexual and gender norms, cultures, communities, and politics that articulate hierarchies of race, class, and geopolitics. QMN builds from the Institute's proximity to the U.S./Mexico border; our location within transnational and transborder circuits and cultures; and multiple migrant, refugee, queer, trans, racial justice, and resistant communities. In addition to its interdisciplinary research emphasis, the QMN initiative includes conferences, publications, scholarly presentations, outreach, and curricular development with faculty, visiting scholars, and graduate students.

Call for PapersSelected Research & Writing | Media | Conferences & Symposia | UA Courses

Call for Papers

Queer Migrations 2: Illegalization, Detention, and Deportation
We are seeking academic, activist and artistic contributions to this project. We will eventually publish three kinds of submissions: 1) short (1,000 words or less) reflections from activists, 2) original art works, and 3) academic research (6,000 words or less). Download the CFP for submission instructions.

Deadline: 1 May 2017

Selected Research & Writing

“Queer Intimacies: Networking Among Queer Migration Academics, Activists, and Artists.”
2017, Seed Grant by the Institute for LGBT Studies and UA Confluencenter supporting a reading and grantwriting group on queer migration.

"Stand Against Racism and Homophobia: Vote NO on Propositions 100, 102, 103, 107 and 300​" & "Continued Stand Against Racism and Homophobia"
2006, Joint Statements (Pre-Post Election) from Coleción de Derechos Humanos and Wingspan.

Queer Migrations
2005, Edited Collection (ed. Eithne Luibhéid and Lionel Cantú Jr.) Published by University of Minnesota Press.


UCD Humanities Institute, podcast featuring Prof. Eithne Luibhéid.

Eithne Luibhéid - Homonationalism, Migration Controls, and Queer Futures

In this episode a recording from Queering Ireland 2015, which took place in Boston College in August. The conference was co-hosted by UCD Humanities Institute and St Mary's University Halifax and this podcast features a keynote lecture by Eithne Luibhéid from the University of Arizona. Her paper was entitled "Homonationalism, Migration Controls, and Queer Futures".

Imagine Otherwise - Ideas On Fire, podcast featuring Prof. Karma Chavez.

Episode 19: Karma Chávez, author of Queer Migration Politics

Imagine Otherwise is a podcast about the people and projects bridging art, activism, and academia to build better worlds. Karma R. Chávez is an associate professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latino/a Studies at the University of Texas – Austin.


Conferences & Symposia

A Different Dream: A Symposium on Undocumented Immigration, Gender, and Sexuality (2016, CalState - Los Angeles).
This one-day symposium brings together prominent scholars and student activists from around the nation to discuss critical issues surrounding undocumented immigration, gender, and sexuality in the United States.  The symposium will feature individual talks and roundtable discussions examining the political and economic contours of undocumented immigration, intersections of labor and gender practices, issues around family separation and reunification, and problems facing queer and transgender undocumented communities.

Queer Migrations: Homeland Insecurities, Violence, and Belonging (2014, University of Arizona - Tucson).
The conference brings together activists, scholars, students, archivists, artists, and other interested groups in order to: Center queer migrant lives, experiences, cultures, struggles, and transformations; Connect queer migration experiences with contemporary struggles against (neo)colonialism, global capitalism, slavery, racism and (hetero)sexism, war, the prison industrial complex, and bio- and necro-politics; Make these connections at different scales (including local, regional, national, and transnational), and across different time periods; Problematize the idea that state border controls create safety, security and order, and instead explore how they legitimize the abandonment of racialized, queered, poor populations to precarious conditions and premature death;  Ensure that nation-state migration and citizenship policies are addressed both on their own terms and in relation to wider scales, histories, and processes;  Consider arguments and strategies that don’t involve winning privileges at someone else’s expense, and that seek to build bridges between struggles; Assess the current state of queer migration scholarship and activism, and imagine/envision future directions.

Sexualities and Homeland (In)Securities Conference (2006, University of Arizona - Tucson).
The Institute for LGBT Studies hosted a national conference that critically examined how sexual politics has become a critical terrain for local, national and global “homeland security” strategies. The presenters addressed how struggles for sexual, racial, gender, economic, and cultural justice have been affected and reconfigured as a result.

UA Courses


Gender, Sexuality and International Migration (GWS 696M)

Focusing on contemporary migration across international borders, we explore how migration contributes to the production, contestation, and remaking of dominant gender and sexual norms as these articulate hierarchies of race, class, and geopolitics. We particularly examine how the selection, incorporation or “illegalization,” and governance of migrants provide occasions for contesting, renegotiating, or affirming dominant gender and sexual norms; how migrants contest multiple exclusions and refashion identities, communities, and politics through gender and sexuality; and how transnational social fields, grounded in histories of empire and global capitalism, shape and are reshaped by these processes. We link these changes to other kinds of flows across borders, including of capital, goods, information, images, and technology. Moreover, we historicize and critically interrogate the formation and function of nation-state borders in relation to the regulation of sexualities and genders at multiple scales. We also analyze the circulation, impact, and contestation of hegemonic discourses about gender and sexuality that affect migration possibilities and materially impact on migrants’ lives (including discourses on HIV/AIDS, same-sex relationships, sex work, desirable family forms, and human rights standards). We consider how these processes also implicate people who do not migrate but are nonetheless affected by the dynamics of transnational migration and its governance.


Gender, Sexuality, and International Migration (GWS 325)

This course explores how gender and sexual hierarchies shape and become reshaped by international migration. Focusing especially on migration from Mexico and the Philippines to the United States, we examine how the selection, incorporation, and governance of immigrants provide occasions for challenging, renegotiating, or affirming dominant gender and sexual norms; how immigrants contest multiple exclusions and refashion identities, communities, workplaces, and politics through gender and sexuality; and how transnational social fields, grounded in histories of empire and global capitalism, shape and are reshaped as a result. Throughout the course, gender and sexuality are theorized as intersecting with and reproducing inequalities of race, class, culture, and geopolitics.