Towards Cosmopolitan Geographies of Migrations and Sexualities

(proposed session to the II  European Geographies of Sexualities Conference, Lisbon, 5 a 7 September)

Convened by: Paulo Jorge Vieira (Center for Geographical Studies, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon); Andrew Gorman Murray(University of Western Sydney); and Jorge Macaísta Malheiros (Center for Geographical Studies, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon)


This session will discuss the inter-relations between the “geographies of sexualities” and the field of population geography, including research on both international and intranational migration. In this sense, this session will map out possible themes that cross different fields of the (inter)disciplinary correlate of gender, sexuality and migration.

Recognizing a multiplicity of research conducted in recent years, this session will discuss the importance of migration and of different forms of mobility in the construction of the subjectivities of non-heteronormative sexualities and a variety of gender expressions and roles (Binnie, 2004). This includes issues akin to what Kath Weston (1995) called the “great gay migration”, discussions  of “queer diaspora”, and the application for political asylum based on sexual orientation (Fortier, 2001 and 2002).

Empirical and/or theoretical papers (in English, Portuguese or Castilian) are welcomed on any theme that deepens the plural understanding of the geographic dimensions of mobility, internal and international migration, including:

  • Genders, Sexualities, Mobilities and Migrations;
  • Sex Work and International Migration;
  • LGBT and queer international migration;
  • Queer mobility inside of national territories;
  • Post-Colonialism, Sexualities and Migration;
  • Cosmopolitanism, urban space, sexual and national minorities;
  • Asylum seekers, sexual orientation, gender expression and public policies


Deadline for submission is 18th April 2013. Please send a 300 words abstract to Paulo Jorge Vieira ( and Andrew Gorman-Murray (


For more details about the conference, please visit the website:  


19.03.2013 | por martalanca | migration, queer, sex work