8:00-8:30am: Registration


8:30-8:45am: Welcoming remarks: Ruben Zecena and Alejandra Ramírez


9:00-10:20am: Intimate Proximities and Mobilized Queer Resistance

Moderator: Dr. Emma Pérez, Gender & Women's Studies


Alex Karaman, Gender & Women’s Studies, On (Not) Moving to the City: Approaching a Queer Palestinian Geography of Migration

Ruben E. Zecena, Gender & Women’s Studies, Searching for Home: Exploring Difference and Belonging Queerly, Femmely, and with a Touch of Intimacy

Juan Ochoa, Gender & Women’s Studies, Vibrant, Partying, and Being One’s Damn Authentic Self: Salgado’s Tribute to Pulse


10min bio-break


10:30-11:30am: Institutions of violence: power, publics and policies

Moderator: Dr. Leila Hudson, School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies,


Gloria Negrete-Lopez, Gender & Women’s Studies, Shackled and Handcuffed (Im)migrant Bodies: An Analysis of Performative State Power and Violence in the Operation Streamline Courtroom

Heidi Muñoz, History, Guatemala: The Plague of Violence Against Women


11:30-12:00pm: Lunch Break



12:00-1:30pm: Keynote: Sharita Gruberg, Mass Deportations and The Incarceration Imperative: How Immigration Enforcement Endangers LGBTQ Immigrants, Center for American Progress

Keynote Introduction by Gloria Negrete-Lopez and Mel Ferrara


2:00-3:20pm: Architectures of Governance: Interrogating Nation-State Borders and the “Humanitarian” Crisis of Migration

Moderator: Dr. Maritza Cardenas, English


Stephanie Murphy, Gender & Women’s Studies, Smart Act for a Virtual Wall: Reconfiguring Border Security and Border Resistance for the 21st Century

Mija Sanders, School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies, “We wear beautiful things to make them jealous”: The Production and Disruption of Syrian Refugee Gendered Sexuality and Class Hierarchies in Izmir, Turkey

Katherine E. Freeman, Gender & Women’s Studies, The Migrant and the Imperial Imaginary: Towards Abolishing Coloniality in the Americas


3:30-450pm: Sensing the Border: Artistic subcultural resistance and performances

Moderator: Dr. Eithne Luibhéid, Gender & Women’s Studies


Alejandra I. Ramírez, Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, Reimagining The Border through Performance Arts

Angelica Loreto,Mexican American Studies, La Otra Voz del Narco: (Mis)representations of Narco-corridos and Identity Formation

Gabriel Dozal, Creative Writing, The Border Simulator



5:00-5:45pm: Reflection: Imagining Otherwise

Moderator: Dr. Michelle Téllez, Mexican American Studies