october, 2021

21oct5:00 pm- 6:30 pmQueer Mexican Migration to the United States, 1965-2000

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Online Event

Queer Mexican Migration to the United States, 1965-2000: A Conversation

Featuring Hector Carrillo (Northwestern University) & Ana Minian (Stanford University) 

Cosponsored by the Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Race 

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Columbia Research Initiative on the Global History of Sexualities

A webinar sponsored by the Columbia Research Initiative on the Global History of Sexualities

Did being gay prompt Mexican men to migrate to the United States in the second half of the twentieth century?  In Pathways of Desire, sociologist Héctor Carrillo argues that in the 1980s and 1990s the desire to escape job discrimination and familial disapproval prompted many gay Mexicans to leave for what they believed would be the greater sexual and cultural freedom of the United States.  In Undocumented Lives, historian Ana Minian argues that from the 1960s to 1980s, queer men were less likely to migrate than their straight peers because they believed their jobs and lives (including their sexual lives) were better in their hometowns than they would be in the US.  In this conversation, moderated by George Chauncey (Columbia), they will present their major research findings and discuss both the disciplinary differences and late twentieth-century transnational cultural changes in Mexico and the US that may account for their different conclusions. 

Héctor Carrillo is Professor of Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University. His past research and teaching have centered on the sociology of sexuality, immigration, and health. His most recent book, Pathways of Desire: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay Men (Chicago), received the 2020 ASA Distinguished Scholarly Book Award, the top book award in the field of sociology. He is currently conducting research on the social significance of amateur genealogy.

Ana Minian is an Associate Professor of History at Stanford University who works on questions of Latin American and Caribbean migration. She is the author of Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration (Harvard), which won awards from the Organization of American Historians, the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and other scholarly organizations.  She has published articles in the JAH, the AHR, and American Quarterly and is currently writing a book on the history of immigration detention in the United States.

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(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm