Session of the Week: Governmentality and LGBT Lives

In an effort to highlight the diverse range of scholarship at the upcoming annual meeting, we’re highlighting different sessions here on the blog each week.

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons. Posted by Ted Eytan on March 27, 2013.

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons. Posted by Ted Eytan on March 27, 2013.

Recent works such as Margot Canaday’s The Straight State (2011) have brought new attention to the ways in which governmental policies, administration, and enforcement simultaneously shape identities of the state and the intimate lives, identities, and political aspirations of LGBT people. This panel, attentive to the location of the conference in Washington, D.C., seeks to push queer analysis of governmentality in new directions, both in the U.S. and far beyond. Emily Skidmore’s paper discusses the ways in which three female-bodied men navigated the immigration apparatuses of the early 20th-century U.S. state. Anita Andrea Kurimay’s paper takes a long view of the deliberate silencing of non-normative sexualities by the Hugarian state across various political systems throughout the 20th century in order to understand their effects on contemporary politics of sexuality there. Steve Estes explores the vexed attempts by U.S. gay activists to link the African American civil rights movement to the struggle for full participation in the American military throughout the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era. Finally, Amy Harris engages in a geneology of South Africa’s contemporary debates surounding same-sex marriage by tracing that nation’s long, complex history in managing LGBT people and anti-gay discrimination. Each paper highlights the debates and tensions bound into any attempt to link LGBT histories, freedoms, and love to the state.

This panel is part of the Committee on LGBT History’s special 2014 thematic series related to political history, “Local/National/Transnational Queer Interactions.”

AHA Session 233

Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History 9

Sunday, January 5, 2014: 8:30 AM-10:30 AM

Delaware Suite A (Marriott Wardman Park)

Chair:

David Serlin, University of California, San Diego

Topics:

The Dream That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Civil Rights Rhetoric and the Fight for Gay Military Service

Steve Estes, Sonoma State University

Same-Sex Marriage and the Construction of Citizenship in Contemporary South Africa

Amy Harris, Purdue University

The Politics of Archives and the Fraught History of Queer Hungary

Anita A. Kurimay, Bryn Mawr College

Migrants, Miscreants and Model Citizens: Female-Bodied Men and Immigration Politics, 1901–18

Emily E. Skidmore, Texas Tech University

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