Queer Displacements Conference - Canberra edition 15-16 February 2023


Date & time

Wed 15 Feb 2023, 2pm – Thu 16 Feb 2023, 7.30pm


Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) Auditorium - 146 Ellery Cres, Acton ACT 2601

Queer Displacements Conference - Canberra edition 15-16 February 2023

Forcibly Displaced People Network in partnership with Humanities Research Centre is presenting the Canberra edition of the Queer Displacements conference.

The Queer Displacements is the first and only conference in the Asia Pacific designed to comprehensibly foreground protection and settlement challenges of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) forcibly displaced people. It is created to campion the voices and the lived experience of LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people.

After the success of 2019, the Queer Displacements conference returns to Canberra. Join us for two Canberra events. See here for more information on Queer Displacements: Leadership, Partnership & Belonging – discussion panel and book launch. The main Queer Displacements conference is being held 22-23 February in the Western Sydney University. Learn more here

These events are funded by the ANU Gender Institute. We wish to thank ANU Gender Institute and Humanities Research Centre for their support of the Canberra events.

Border-Crossing Queers: Writing and Researching Journeys of Resistance

workshop with Prof. Churnjeet Mahn, University of Strathclyde Glasgow

Date: February 15, 2023 2pm – 4pm
Venue: Lectorial 1 (1.21) in RSSS

Who should attend: academics at all stages of their career, graduate students and anyone else using writing as a tool of resistance

What can we learn from looking at the history and experience of migration through a queer lens? How does this approach open up new routes to transperipheral solidarities across communities?

This workshop considers histories and stories of queer migration, travel and displacement.

Key questions we will address include:

  • Where are the histories and stories of queer travel, migration, and displacement? Who counts?
  • What ethical considerations do we need to consider when working with marginalised queer people on the subject of travel, migration, and forcible displacement?
  • How do we create counter archives of queer travel and resistance?

Spaces are capped so registrations are essential (free tickets). More information here

Queer Displacements: Leadership, Partnership & Belonging – discussion panel and book launch

Date: February 16, 2023 6pm – 7:30pm
Venue: RSSS Auditorium

The panel will feature a discussion by Renee Dixson (the chair of the Forcibly Displaced People Network), Prof. Churnjeet Mahn and Marianna Polevikova (Chair of Ukrainian LGBTIQ+ NGO For Equal Rights). Marianna Polevikova has evacuated LGBTIQ+ community from the temporarily occupied Kherson in Ukraine at the beginning of Russian invasion and has been supporting those not able to leave.

The aim of the panel is to hold a comprehensive conversation on the current issues in the LGBTIQ+ displacements space combining an academic, activist and lived experience perspectives. The event will bring together the focus on the LGBTIQ+ rights globally and drivers of displacement as well as discuss best practices of supporting LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people.

The event will conclude by the book launch: Queer Sharing in the Marketised University ed by Churnjeet Mahn, Matt Brim, and Yvette Taylor.

More information can be found here


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