Queer Displacements: Sexuality, Migration & Exile

Presented by the Humanities Research Centre and supported by the ANU Gender Institute, the ANU Research School of Humanities and the ACT Government Office for LGBTIQ+ Affairs.

Queer Displacements: Sexuality, Migration & Exile

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.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Professor Eithne Luibheid


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.

LGBTIQ 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 further details on each of the topic listed above, please see the conference call for papers.


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.

Please direct any inquiries to Penny Brew at hrc@anu.edu.au


Conference convenors:

Tina Dixson tina.dixson@anu.edu.au and Renee Dixson renee.dixson@anu.edu.au


This conference is committed to putting the lived experience of queer asylum at the centre of the conversation. Please consider supporting LGBTIQA+ people from refugee backgrounds to attend the conference: https://chuffed.org/project/queer-displacements

Date & time

Thu 14 Nov 2019, 9am – Fri 15 Nov 2019, 5pm


Sir Roland Wilson Building, Building #120, McCoy Circuit, ANU


Penny Brew
+61 2 6125 4357


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