CfP: Queer Asylum – Making asylum seekers (in)credible, (il)legal, (un)desirable migrants

This workshop aims to bring junior and senior scholars of diverse disciplines together with activists and artists to discuss emerging questions related to queer asylum-seekers. Here, by ‘queer’ we refer to the asylum applicants’ non-heterosexual sexuality as the major ground of their asylum claim. In this sense, the term does not necessarily refers to the applicants’ self-identification.
For this one-day workshop, we welcome participants to engage in a dialogue concerning theoretical, methodological and empirical analysis of key issues to develop a better understanding of social and legal discourses where sexual and gender identities are being (re)produced within the asylum context.
Submissions are welcomed on topics/themes including but not limited to:
– Legal and political aspects of refugee convention and its application (queering international refugee law)
– Politicization of queer refugee subject
– (Homo)nationalism and sexual/gendered citizenship in asylum context
– Culturalization/racialization/sexualization of asylum applicants
– Representation of queer asylum seekers in the media
The workshop will take place at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway, on 16 October, 2015.
Contributors to the workshop are welcome to submit an abstract (max 300 word) , together with contact details and affiliation, to deniz.akin (at)ntnu.noby August 31, 2015.