UNDESIRABLES: QUEERING THE HISTORY OF U.S. IMMIGRATION POLICY
February 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
This talk explores how sexual and gender difference have been regulated at the U.S. borders since the late nineteenth century. It provides a historical overview of the critical ways sexuality and gender have collided with constructions of race and ethnicity to create “desirable” and “undesirable” categories of migrants and immigrants. As a means of exploring how these constructions have changed over time, particularly in relationship to the development of distinct sexual identities, this talk focuses on two case studies from the Caribbean: Bahamian migrant workers who entered Florida in the 1910s and 1920s and the Mariel boatlift of 1980 that saw roughly 125,000 Cubans enter the United States.
Author and Presenter Bio:
Julio Capó, Jr. is Associate Professor of History and the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the author of Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami before 1940.