Coffee Hour Lecture: Queering Geopolitics/Queering Pandemic

4 p.m., to 5 p.m. Friday, October 23
Webinar on Zoom

Coffee Hour is a Friday lecture hosted every other week by the Department of Geography celebrating interdisciplinary scholarship and collegiality. For fall semester 2020, talks will be held via Zoom webinar.


Geopolitics can be understood as an analytical category simultaneously for approaching the contemporary world order, as well as to interrogate sexuality and gender identity as it is produced through/with statecraft, and in the striving of sexually marginalized communities to create bodily security. Global governance, and international human rights principles have failed to protect transgender cross border migrants. Simultaneously, the present epidemiological initiatives around the COVID-19 pandemic is yet to fully address the impact of the pandemic upon the lives of LGBTQ communities. The containment and prevention of the virus requires spatial strategies such as sheltering, social distancing and physical isolation. Transgender communities experience physical isolation, and unsafety on an everyday basis in home, work and public spaces. Spatial strategies for containing the virus has created additional burden on diverse transgender communities globally.


Debanuj DasGuptaDr. Debanuj DasGupta is an Assistant Professor of Feminist Studies at UCSB. Debanuj’s research and teaching focuses on racialized regulation of space, immigration detention, queer migrations and the global governance of migration, sexuality and HIV. Debanuj serves on the political geography editorial board of the Geography Compass and is board co-chair of the Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies: CLAGS at the City University of New York. They are the recipient of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) funded Junior Scholar Award in Transregional Studies: Inter Asian Contexts & Connections; Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Award, The British Department for International Development, Ford Foundation funded New Voices Fellowship, American Association of Geographers and National Science Foundation funded T. J. Reynolds National Award in Disability Studies, and the International AIDS Society’s Emerging Activist Award.

This Coffee Hour is co-sponsored by: the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; the Department of Asian Studies; the Rock Ethics Institute, and the Center for Global Studies.