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Lecture: Nat'l Security State & Transgender Asylum Seeker

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, "The National Security State & The Precarious Transgender Asylum Seeker" and will be presented by Debanuj DasGupta.

Synopsis: The question of transgender rights is presently a hotly contested issue in the United States. President Donald Trump has proposed to ban transgender persons from serving in the US military along with rescinding previous Presidential orders about transgender access to toilets in public institutions. However, what remains hidden from these debates is the torture faced by transgender refugees and asylum seekers within detention centers. In this paper, I will argue that torture upon the trans/migrant body is hidden from the view of the American public, and detention centers operate as the secret spaces of the national security state. I will analyze transgender migrant activism related to the abolition of the detention industrial complex and highlight how transgender immigrants are at the forefront of ushering social justice movements that take up questions of human rights of LGBT people and migrants.

Biography: Debanuj DasGupta is an Assistant Professor in the Geography Department and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at the University of Connecticut. His research interests are in the fields of international migration, HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual rights and global governance. He is particularly interested in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention within men who have sex with men and transgender communities in the global south; the geopolitics of HIV/AIDS related mobilities regulation; the political economy of PrEP and access to PrEP in the global south. He is currently working on two projects: 1) Comparative spatial study of transgender rights politics in India and the USA; 2) The securitization of HIV/AIDS in the USA.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


Rainbow Center (primary), UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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