Queer Asylum


University of Pittsburgh

Fall 2011

Course syllabus

This Independent Study course will explore the affective, cultural, legal, archival, and bodily politics of queer asylum and migration. Questions the course will explore include: How has sexuality been central to U.S. immigration policy and citizenship? How have queer and other migrants negotiated the sexual, gender, racial, nationalist, and affective demands that immigration policy makes on migrant bodies? How is affect mobilized in U.S. nationalism, and how has it shaped citizenship practices and migration patterns? What are the violences embedded in asylum practices, and how have queer and trans migrants negotiated, critiqued, and resisted such violences? How might one archive the various affects, embodiments, and cultural practices that comprise migration, or how might one build an archive of queer asylum? While the course will explore questions of asylum, migration, and citizenship across a variety of cultural locations, a large portion of the course will focus on these topics in the Americas. For [student], the course will contribute to a larger ongoing research project on queer asylum and identity in north-eastern Brazil.