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 Arts 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, University of Arizona
  • Lilith Raza, Queer Refugees Deutschland, Lesbian and Gay Federation Germany
  • Eliana Rubashkyn, Rainbow Path, New Zealand
  • Dr B Camminga, African Centre for Migration & Society, Wits University, South Africa
  • Tina Dixson, Queer Sisterhood Project, Australia

Join us on the 13th of November for a free pre-conference panel 'LGBTI Refugees: Erasure, Silencing and Heteronormativity'.

This conference is sponsored by UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra, AIDS Action Council and Canberra Inclusive Partnership, Settlement Services International, Asylum Seekers Centre and 23 individual donors.


Watch the live broadcast of keynote speakers here: https://www.facebook.com/queersisterhood/ on both days.

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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