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Friday, April 21, 2017

Andrea Carson Coley Lecture: Siobhan Somerville

12:30 – 1:30 pm
Lectures and Gallery Talks

Dr. Siobhan Somerville, associate professor of English, gender and women's studies, African American studies, and Ethnography of the University Initiative, University of Illinois, will deliver the 23rd annual Andrea Carson Coley Lecture in LGBT Studies, "Unsettling Citizenship: Sexuality, Race, and the History of Naturalization in the U.S." Cosponsored by the Institute for Women’s Studies, UGA.

Recent controversies over immigration, naturalization and citizenship have brought heightened attention to the ways in which race and racism have historically shaped understandings of national belonging in the U.S. Less pronounced in these debates are questions about how sexuality has been entwined with racial discourses in immigration and naturalization policy. Drawing on research for Dr. Somerville's current book project, this talk explores the stakes of using a queer approach to understand the history of naturalized citizenship in the U.S., arguing that it allows us to see not only the intertwined history of sexuality and race in immigration policy, but also the larger role that naturalization has played in a settler colonial project that has mobilized sexuality, race and indigeneity to construct the figure of the U.S. citizen.

A reception honoring the Coley family will precede the lecture, at 11:30 a.m.

The Andrea Carson Coley Lecture, hosted by the Institute for Women’s Studies at the University of Georgia, was endowed through a donation from Andrew and Kathy Coley in memory of their daughter, Andrea Carson Coley (1972–1993), who was a certificate candidate in women’s studies. Each spring, the lecture brings scholars conducting cutting-edge research in lesbian and gay studies to campus.