Special Issue

“The Sexual Politics of Border Control” out now!

We are very excited to announce that our Special Issue ‘The Sexual Politics of Border Control’ published in the Journal for Ethnic and Racial Studies is now available. In this special issue, we conceptualize sexuality as a method of bordering and examine how sexuality operates as a key site for the containment and regulation of movement. By bringing together queer scholarship on borders and migration with the rich archive of feminist, Black, Indigenous and critical border perspectives, we highlight how the heteronormativity of the border intersects with the larger dynamics of racial capitalism, imperialism and settler colonialism, reproductive inequalites and the containment of contagion, disease and virality.

Thinking sexuality and borders transnationally, this special issue starts with but extends beyond the EUropean context and includes contributions from and about different locales including histories of HIV in Turkey (Yener Bayramoğlu), the politics of reproduction in Palestine/Israel (Gala Rexer), settler colonialism (Ian Khara Ellasante) and anti-Blackness in the United States (Brenda Sanya), the sexual geographies of the Balkan and Southern Europe (Piro Rexhepi), the intimate politics of marriage migration between Vietnam and Canada (Grace Tran) and sex work in Australia, France, New Zealand and the United States (Nicola Mai et al.). It further includes a conversation between Miriam Ticktin and Alyosxa Tudor on sexuality and borders in pandemic and right-wing times and an afterword by Radha Hegde on the urgency of thinking about sexual border politics today. 

Please see the the full special issue here: 


You can download the introduction for free (available for two months):