Queer Displacements: Sexuality, Migration and Exile

The first of its kind Australian conference solely dedicated to the issues of LGBTIQ refugees.

14-15 November 2019

The Australian National University, Canberra Australia

Questions of sexuality and refugee or migration status remain on the margins of queer and refugee movements, policy and support services.

The first of its kind in Australia, this conference aims to bring together academics, practitioners and LGBTIQ+ people seeking asylum and refugees to discuss pertinent issues of queer forced displacement and foster dialogue between official and unofficial groups invested in research and practice for coordinated solutions and better support of affected populations.

Call for papers

We invite proposals for papers and panels that will respond in diverse and interdisciplinary ways to the questions of an intersection of sexuality with a refugee status, including situations when queer people fall through the cracks of common refugee or migration pathways.

Queer people with the lived experience of seeking asylum are especially encouraged to apply.

Proposed papers may respond to the following topics or identify other areas to address:

  • Queer forced displacement and the law; 
  • Policy, advocacy and activism;
  • Health, sexuality and forced displacement;
  • Social welfare and wellbeing;
  • Identities, communities and questions of belonging;
  • Art, history and heritage;
  • Intersectionality;
  • Trauma and testimony.

For more details, download a detailed call for papers here.

Deadline for proposals is 1 September 2019. 

Please send proposals – including a title, 250-word abstract, and 100 word author biography – to Renee Dixson at renee.dixson@anu.edu.au

Proposals will be reviewed and applicants will be informed of the outcome within two weeks of the submission deadline so that we can finalise the program.

For more information visit http://bit.ly/QueerDisplacements or download the conference flyer here.

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