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The Amorous Migrant: Libidinal Cosmopolitanism of Gay Polish Migrants in Britain from Accession to Brexit

December 8, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST


The History PhD Program and the CUNY REEES and Gender and Transformation in CEEE Workshops are pleased to host Nicholas Boston, Associate Professor of Media Sociology, Lehman College, CUNY, to share new research for feedback.

Professor Boston will present a chapter from his upcoming book, The Amorous Migrant: Race, Relationships and Resettlement is forthcoming from Temple University Press. This work is an ethnography, begun in 2007 and concluded in 2021, of the migrant adaptation practices and identity formation in the UK of gay-identified, cisgender male Poles who moved to Britain between May 1, 2004, the date on which Poland’s accession to the European Union went into effect, and January 31, 2020, the day on which Britain’s exit from the European Union went into effect. In particular, he explores the men’s pursuit of interracial intimacy on gay matchmaking platforms and apps, what he calls “libidinal cosmopolitanism.”


Nicholas Boston teaches in the Media and Communication Studies, and Film and Television Studies majors at Lehman College, CUNY. His research is located at the nexus of digital media, migration, identity, and intimacy. His journalism and commentary have appeared in BBC News, British Future, Calvert Journal, Gay City News, HuffPost, The Independent, Le Monde Diplomatique, New York Observer, Notes from Poland, PBS.org, The Root, Toronto Star, The Voice (UK), and Vogue. He is on the Steering Committee of the Black British Voices Project, a multi-partner research project based at the University of Cambridge. Prof. Boston has been the recipient of fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the CUNY Research Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, and others. He has taught at universities in Germany, Italy, the UK. He holds an M.S. in journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Cambridge, where I am a Life Member of King’s College.

To attend online: register in advance to receive a Zoom link and to download the paper.

To attend in person: RSVP to cunyreeeskruzhok@gmail.com and to receive the paper in advance. Join us in person in Room 5203, the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, at the CUNY Graduate Center.

A reception will be held after the in-person event, generously provided by CUNY Graduate Center’s the History PhD Program.

The Gender and Transformation in Central-Easterrn Europe and Eurasia Workshop began in 1993 and its members have been women activists, academics, journalists, lawyers, and educators concerned about gender inequality in the newly non-Communist countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Members of the Network of East-West Women were some of the earliest participants and speakers. Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it continues to provide an avenue for scholars, including young scholars, to present their research to an informed and interested group, as issues of gender still form an important lens through which to view the ongoing changes and transformations. The workshop is moderated by Janet Elise Johnson (Graduate Center/Brooklyn College, CUNY) and Mara Lazda (Bronx Community College, CUNY).

The CUNY REEES Kruzhok is a space for scholars in the social sciences and humanities to share research in progress for feedback, with a wider aim of connecting specialists focused on this region within CUNY, New York, and further afield. It is co-sponsored by the European Union Studies Center and the History PhD Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. It is coordinated by Mark Lewis (College of Staten Island/Graduate Center, CUNY), Merrill Sovner (EU Studies Center, Graduate Center, CUNY) and Lukasz Chielminski (Baruch College/CUNY Baccalaureate). It meets on selected Fridays at 12:30 pm ET during the semester. Email cunyreeeskruzhok@gmail.com to join the mailing list or express interest in presenting.


December 8, 2023
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST
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Lukasz Chielminski
Janet Johnson
Mara Lazda
Mark Lewis
Merrill Sovner


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