Sentiments of (Be)longing: Queer Undocumented Immigrants in Search of Home

Marco A. Flores : Gender and Women's Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies (minor)

Mentor: Professor Mel Chen

Though growing rapidly, the literature on the displacement of immigrants within the U.S. rarely addresses queer undocumented immigrants. By engaging with theories of affect, Marco's project will explore the experiences of displacement queer undocumented immigrants encounter in their search for home. Through qualitative interviews, Marco will bring together two seemingly unrelated identities -- "queer" and "immigrant" -- exploring the complications of experience and sentiment driven by the dwelling that takes place in search of home; an engagement of the body in relation to a fragmented self. Ultimately, by illuminating forms of contact these queer undocumented immigrants have with their homeland, Marco hopes to provide a theoretical framework that engages in their navigation between being queer and undocumented, leading to a re-imagining of the body as a site of home.