CfP: Migration and Mobilities at the Nexus of Race, Gender, and Sexuality (Event: Nordic geographers conference, 06/Stockholm); DL: 15.12.2016

Nordic geographers conference (Web)

Venue: Stockholm
Time: June 18th–21st 2017
Proposals by: December 15th 2016


  • Debanuj DasGupta, Department of Geography and Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Studies. University of Connecticut
  • Thomas Wimark, Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University

Migration and mobilities are embodied processes (DasGupta, 2014; Gorman Murray, 2007; Mai & King, 2009; Lewis, 2014). Embodiment is not just psychic or a social process but also a spatial process (Thomas, 2012; Mckittrick, 2006; Cotten, 2011, Wimark 2016). Building on these two key geographic claims, this panel calls for an intersectional understanding of queer and transgender migratory experiences across different routes. The panel seeks to highlight how the movement of the body in space is framed through long histories of gendered, racialized and sexualized border regimes, and that such regimes inform national narratives and shifting welfare regimes. From this perspective, the recent terror attacks in Bangladesh, Belgium, France, Germany, Turkey and the US can be understood as racialized and sexualized events. We welcome paper presentations that consider questions and themes such as:

  • Sexual identity formation and migratory processes. What are the shifting queer migration patterns?
  • Border control and national/international security as sexualized and racialized processes.
  • What kinds of spatiality is effected through such processes?
  • Migration, mobility and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender asylum seekers
  • Queer nationalisms in the global north and how they respond to (or are constituted in and through) migration from global south.
  • Queer migration, globalization, and shifting centers of global capital
  • Migration, mobilities, neoliberalism, austerity and welfare reforms
  • Islamophobia, racism, and queer Muslim experiences with migration
  • Migration, disability, mobility and health


  1. Cotten, T. 2011. Transgender Migrations: The Bodies, Borders, and Politics of Migration. Routledge.
  2. DasGupta, D. 2014. “Cartographies of Friendship, Desire, and Home: Notes on Surviving Neoliberal Security Regimes.” Disability Studies Quarterly. Vol 34 (4).
  3. Gorman Murray, A. 2007. “Rethinking Queer Migration through the Body.” Social and Cultural Geography. Vol. 8 (1). 105-121
  4. Lewis, N. 2014. “Moving “Out,” Moving On: Gay Men’s Migration Through The Life Course.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers.Vol. 104 (2). 225-233.
  5. Mai, N. & King. R. 2009. “Love, Sexuality, and Migration: Mapping the Issue(s).” Mobilities. Vol 4 (3). Page 295-307.
  6. Mckittrick, K. 2006. Demonic Grounds: Black Women and Cartographies of Struggle. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  7. Thomas, M. E. 2011. Multicultural Girlhood: Racism, Sexuality, and Conflicted Spaces of American Education Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
  8. Wimark, T. 2016. “Migration motives of gay men in the new acceptance era: A cohort study from Malmö, Sweden.” Social and Cultural Geography 17 (5): 605-622.

Please submit your 250 words abstracts by December 15th to both conveners: and

Thomas Wimark, Ph.D.
Researcher in Human Geography
Department of Human Geography
Stockholm University
SE-10691 Stockholm
+46 8 164826 (office)