13th Annual Conference on Citizenship: Gender, Sexuality and Citizenship

Date and time

March 31 - April 2, 2016

About the conference

Issues of gender and sexuality have long been realized as central to citizenship. We need only recall the patrilineal citizenship of ancient Greece or women's suffrage to recognize some of the ways gender and sexuality have been bound to citizenship. Today, gender and sexuality remain at the center of a number of key issues in citizenship, including derivative citizenship, family reunification, and who can sponsor new immigrants as well as marriage and social citizenship rights including adoption, healthcare, end of life care, etc.

Whether we are male or female or transgender, whether we are straight, gay, lesbian, queer, bisexual or transsexual, our identities can facilitate or limit access to full citizenship. How are rights, obligations, and privileges shaped by gender and sexuality? Because we all bear the imprint of both gender and race, how do those traits interact to shape our experiences of freedom and public power? How do gender and sexuality shape not only citizens’ relationship to public power but also the way society constitutes and conceives of the state itself?

In addition to the keynote and plenary addresses, the conference features panel discussions with over sixty distinguished international scholars.


McGregor Memorial Conference Center
495 Gilmour Mall
Detroit, MI 48202| (map)


Conference keynote: Margot Canaday

Princeton University, author of The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth Century America.

Plenary address: John Corvino

Wayne State University, author of What’s Wrong with Homosexuality?

Plenary address: Sandra VanBurkleo

Wayne State University, author of Gender Remade: Citizenship, Suffrage, and Public Power in the New Northwest, 1879-1912

Presentations and notes


Poetry reading by Melba Joyce Boyd with Marion Hayden