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The Politics of Erased Migrations: Toward a Relational, Intersectional Sociology of Latinx Gender and Migration

Sat, August 12, 4:30 to 6:10pm, Palais des congrès de Montréal, Floor: Level 5, 513E

Abstract

Sociologists of gender and Latina/o migration and Chicana feminist scholars in Chicana/o Studies have made extensive interventions to the academic project of recovering the experiences of women in migration studies in their respective disciplines and across them. I consider these contributions and advocate for an interdisciplinary research agenda that continues expanding current scholarship by developing the concept of the politics of erased migrations, an analytical tool to theorize why and how the words, theories, and truths of Latinas are marginalized and misrepresented in academic research. Latinas experience various physical and symbolic migrations—across and within national borders, social and political contexts, identities, academic disciplines, methodologies, and social movements. Yet Latina feminist experiences, knowledge, and political movement largely remain at the margins of these borders. Through secondary analysis of prominent research on gender and migration, I demonstrate the possibilities of the politics of erased migration as a theoretical intervention in developing a relational, intersectional sociology of Latinx gender and migration. This paper carries implications for shifting the field of Latinx gender and migration from a focus on current oppressive conditions to one that imagines new avenues for social justice and alternative social worlds.

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