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Regulating Bodies at the 2012 Queer and Trans* Conference
“Regulating Bodies: Queerness, Immigration, and the State”
A lecture by Prerna Lal
March 24, 1:30-3pm, Science Center 199
Swarthmore College, PA
Immigration controls and restrictions are primarily an attempt to regulate sexuality through the marking of certain bodies as undeserving of citizenship. Who is deserving of citizenship? Who is undeserving? We’ll discuss and explore the lives of several (im)migrants battling for state recognition. We’ll locate how the state regulates certain bodies through restrictions on the right to contract, work, travel, procreate and love. And ultimately, we’ll examine how some immigrants are recasting their struggles away from desiring citizenship towards empowering our whole beings.