ICS Seminar Series - Professor Greg Noble

Date: Thursday 8 May, 2014 
Time: 11.30am - 1pm
Venue: EB.2.04, UWS Parramatta South campus 

Professor Greg Noble

Do Migrants Have Sex? Migration, Masculinity and Sexual Emplacement  


In reading much scholarship on migration, you might think that the success of migrants in fulfilling the functions of social reproduction – central to immigration policy – was accomplished without recourse to sexual activity. Older research on gender and migration has tended to focus on women’s experience of subordination, domestic violence and the sex industry. Recent work around the ‘sexual turn’ in migration studies reminds us that migrants aren’t just an economic resource or a social problem, but humans with sexual energies (Mai and King, 2009), but the emphasis in this research has been on the experiences of gay migrants and sex trafficking. Ironically there has been an under-exploration of sexuality in relation to heterosexual men’s lives. Emerging from research into Lebanese-Australians’ experiences of settlement, this paper focuses on a case study of a man whose sexual history represents practices of emplacement. It examines what happens to his sexual subjectivity through his engagement with a different kind of modernity and masculinity. It argues that sexuality can be a mediating and pedagogical practice in the negotiation and accomplishment of refashioning a home.


Greg Noble is Professor at the Institute for Culture and Society, UWS. He has been involved in research in multiculturalism for over 25 years, with a special interest in the relations between youth and ethnicity; everyday racism and conviviality; material culture and embodiment; and multicultural education … but is a little surprised to find himself writing about migrants and sex. He is the co-author or editor of several books, the most recent being Disposed to Learn (Bloomsbury, 2013) and On Being Lebanese in Australia (Lebanese American University Press, 2010).