CfP (conference): Inaugural Australian conference on LGBTIQA+ refugees: Queer Displacements: Sexuality Migration and Exile

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Queer Displacements: Sexuality, Migration & Exile

13 - 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.

This is a unique conference as it is organised by queer people with lived experience of forced displacement and it commits to placing the lived experience at the front and centre of the conversation. 

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Professor Eithne Luibheid
  • Lilith Raza 
  • Eliana Rubashkyn

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 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.

Please note, there will be a free-to-attend panel featuring conference keynote speakers and local activists on the 13th of November. Further details to be released.

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


Registrations are currently open. Register to attend via a link:

Presenters will have their conference fee waived.  

Support LGBTIQA+ refugees to attend the conference

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:


For any inquiries please contact Tina Dixson at or Renee Dixson at

Categories: CFP
Keywords: LGBTQ, Refugees