Michael Bosia, associate professor of political science and also a Fellow in the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto, spent a week in Toronto during spring semester 2019 for the International Studies Association annual meeting. Mike is the chair of the Committee on the Status or Representation and Diversity, and was the lead organizer of the special program series “Structuring Inclusion – Challenging Oppression.” He served as chair and discussant on panels related to global LGBT rights. Other news for Mike: Late in February, U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell announced a new initiative pushing the global decriminalization of homosexuality, and Mike, an expert in state homophobia and LGBTQI+ rights, was contacted by the Paris-based news and information service for the Francophone LGBTQI+ community, Komitid, to write an analysis of the contradiction between the Ambassador’s initiative and the current administration’s hostility to LGBT rights and refugees. In late April Mike was a guest on The Dave Gram Show, an issues-oriented news and talk program daily on WDEV radio in Waterbury, featuring extended interviews by the veteran Vermont newsman and longtime wire service reporter, to speak about the same issue.
(posted June 2019)
Michael Bosia, professor of political science, was featured in the Colchester Sun newspaper in March, talking his new groundbreaking class offering next academic year of the first LGBTQ-named course in Saint Michael’s history. Global LGBTQI+ Politics and Culture will debut this fall. Mike also wrote an essay earlier in March that was posted on the Blog called "The Duck of Minerva" that "focuses on world politics from an academic perspective" according to the website -- about a new French film on group Act Up Paris, His essay is titled "BPM (Beats Per Minute), AIDS Politics in France, and the Lessons for Resistance Today." The film he references is titled “120 Battements par Minute” which translates to “BPM (Beats per Minute)” in English.
(posted June 2018)
Michael Bosia, associate professor of political science, this week presented on a panel at the United Nations in New York City as part of the U.N. Academic Impact program, in conjunction with the International Studies Association. The panel Mike joined was called "Unlearning Intolerance: Perspectives from 2017" and was organized by the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) as part of a series of discussions entitled “Prevention Forum”, intended to explore means of preventing manifestations of intolerance and violent extremism. The week before Mike was in New York City for an International Relations/International Studies educator workshop at the Council on Foreign Relations. Attendance at that event is by nomination.
(posted June 2017)
Michael Bosia, associate professor of political science, was invited by Canada's nationally prominent Globe and Mail newspaper to write an essay in response to the June 12, 2016 attack in Orlando, Florida. Michael's piece for the June 13 edition was titled, "Attacking a gay bar – our refuge, our church – is latest in continuum of hatred."
(posted June 2016)
Michael Bosia, associate professor of political science, presented his research on global LGBT Human Rights and state homophobia,” at a panel he worked with Common Ground in organizing. The panel, on Local and Global LGBT Struggles and Human Rights, featured Cai Wilkinson from Deakin University in Australia presenting her research on LGBT politics in post-Soviet republics, Cornel Grey from University of Toronto focusing on gay men and masculinity in Jamaica and the Jamaican diaspora, and Jenna Lee from the Vermont Pride Center talking about LGBT politics and policy in the US. The panel was chaired by Dean of the College and Professor of International Relations Professor Jeffrey Ayres. In recent travels, Michael also presented two papers from his research on LGBT politics and state homophobia in France, Uganda, and Egypt at the International Studies Association annual meeting in Atlanta, GA, in March. One was on a Presidential Theme Panel he was invited to organize by the conference executive, which focused on “States, Sexualities, and Desires: Queering the Politics of Peace and Conflict.” He also co-facilitated a table on Sexuality Studies at the Methods Café that assists scholars with the development of their research. At the meeting, he was elected secretary-treasurer of the LGBTQA Caucus. In April, Michael visited The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, where he serves as a fellow, to mentor graduate students focusing on research related to sexuality and gender identity. Additionally, he published reviews of two recent volumes on global sexuality and gender identity studies: He was invited to review Sexual Diversity in Africa, Marc Epprecht and SN Nyeck, eds.in Perspectives on Politics 14:1 (March 2016), and his review of Homosexualities, Muslim Cultures and Modernity, by Momin Rahman, was published in the journal Sexualities 19:4 (June 2016). He also presented “The Price of Exile: Ugandan Refugees, Sexual Minority Rights, and the Politics of Identity,” at Refugee Lives at Risk/Citizen Rights Denied, a conference sponsored by The Centre for Human Rights & Peace Studies and the Department of Anthropology at Lehman College, CUNY, November 2015.
(posted June 2016)
Michael J. Bosia, associate professor of political science, presented his research from his co-edited volume, Global Homophobia, at a symposium hosted by the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto where he has an appointment as a fellow. Also, his book State Homophobia and LGBT Activism, is under contract at Cambridge University. In mid-December 2015 returned to University of Toronto to serve as the external examiner for a PhD dissertation in the Political Science Department on LGBT politics in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
(posted January 2016)
Michael Bosia, associate professor of political science, presented research on state homophobia in Uganda at the European Conference on African Studies, and participated in a roundtable on debates over marriage at the meeting of the Council for European Studies, both in Paris in July. He is also the program chair for the New Political Science Section of the American Political Science Association for the 2015 annual meeting in San Francisco in September. Finally, he is author of a chapter called “To love or to loathe: modernity, homophobia and LGBT rights,” in an edited volume called Sexualities in World Politics: How LGBTQ Claims Shape International Relations, from Routledge, edited by Markus Thiel and Manuela Picq.
(posted September 2015)
Michael Bosia, associate professor of political science, and his co-author and co-editor Meredith Weiss, were awarded the 2015 Scholars Award from the International Studies Association LGBTQA Caucus at the annual meeting of the ISA this past February in New Orleans. The award is in recognition of their volume, Global Homophobia: States, Movements, and the Politics of Oppression, which has received several favorable scholarly reviews. Also, Michael has a chapter coming out in the edited volume Sexualities in World Politics: How LGBTQ Claims Shape International Relations, entitled “To Love or to Loathe: Modernity, Homophobia and LGBT rights.”
(posted April 2015)
Michael Bosia, associate professor of political science, recently was named a Fellow at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. The appointment does not require residency, but does mean Michael will be working with other fellows on programming at the Centre. Michael also has been informed that he and his co-editor Meredith Weiss at SUNY Albany have been named the 2015 recipients of the Scholars Award by the LGBTQA Caucus of the International Studies Association, for their book, Global Homophobia. The award will be presented at the annual meeting in New Orleans in February.
(posted December 2014)
Michael Bosia, Saint Michael’s associate professor of political science, in July attended a conference jointly sponsored by the International Studies Association and FLACSO Argentina in Buenos Aires, where he presented two papers: “To Love or to Loath: Modernity, Homophobia, and LGBT Rights,” and, co-authored with Jeff Ayres, dean of the college and professor of political science, “Gendered Knowledge in the Local Food Movement: the Emancipation of Expertise or the Localization of Profit?” Michael also was interviewed recently as a guest on the Pacifica Radio KPFA public affairs program Against the Grain, featuring a conversation with David Johnson, author of The Lavender Scare. Johnson discusses the interplay of anti-Communism and homophobia in the 1950s and previews his chapter in the book Global Homophobia, which Michael co-edited with a SUNY Albany colleague, focusing on the export of the Lavender Scare to US allies. At the conclusion of that on-air discussion is an interview with Michael about Global Homophobia, which documents the spread of “a modular, pragmatic and innovative homophobia.”
(posted August 2014)
Michael Bosia, associate professor of political science, attended the "QP5" (Fifth International Conference Queering Paradigms), titled "Queering Narratives of Modernity," which was held in Quito, Ecuador, February 20-22, and he co-organized a panel. This is a major academic conference on queer and sexuality issues globally. Michael's panel was called: "Queer Provocations, Western Privileges, and the Decolonization of LGBTIQ Struggle"; the panel consisted of contributors working on an edited volume. Michael presented a paper called "States as Exceptional: Rethinking Rights beyond Political and Sexual Modernization," focusing on France, Uganda, and Egypt. This paper is also part of his manuscript, State Homophobia and the Globalization of LGBT Rights, for which he received VPAA funding, a small research grant from the American Political Science Association, and honorable mention in the Martin Duberman Fellowship competition at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at CUNY – all last year. Michael also chaired a panel that including presentations on Russia’s anti-gay law, families in Poland, and European Union Policy, called: International Politics of Sexuality / Políticas internacionales alrededor de la(s) sexualidad(es) (March 2014)
Michael Bosia, associate professor of political science, has been awarded an external research grant through the Small Research Grant Program of the American Political Science Association, which supports research conducted by faculty at non-Ph.D.-granting institutions that have funding sources available for faculty research. The funding is to support research he has been conducting, starting during his sabbatical, in France, Uganda, and Egypt. The title of his study is “State Homophobia and the Diffusion of LGBT Human Rights.” LGBT is an acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. Michael’s study focuses “on the diffusion of state homophobia as a responsible player in shaping emerging identities.” Data collection for the project includes participant observation, interviews, and archival research, to examine the influence of homophobia on self-conceptualization and agenda-setting. Key cases include those where authorities invoke similarly foreign LGBT threats during times of political and economic stress across institutional contexts, including France, Uganda, and Egypt. To advance his work, Michael also has received an internal expense defrayment grant from the Faculty Development Committee and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The project also received honorable mention for a Martin Duberman Fellowship from the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at City University of New York.