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Crip & Queer Seminar Lund: The Queer Art of Seeking Asylum: Tracing Im/Mobility through Experiences of Iranian Queer Refugee Claimants in Turkey

Datum: 2016-04-20
Tid: 15:15-17:00
Plats: Lund
Typ: Seminar

Crip & Queer Seminar Lund: The Queer Art of Seeking Asylum: Tracing Im/Mobility through Experiences of Iranian Queer Refugee Claimants in Turkey

This paper is based on a multi-sited ethnographic research project that I conducted for my PhD project with Iranian queers seeking refugee status in the transit migratory space of Turkey. It poses the following questions: How refugee claims of Iranian queers are processed by the decision makers in Turkey and how Iranian queer refugee applicants adopt to, negotiate with and resist against the constraints set by governmentalities of asylum and border regimes. Focusing on intra-group social hierarchies among Iranian queer refugee claimants and mobility-related strategies of their support workers, I argue that the international refugee regime closes the westbound doors to those Iranian queers who deviate from the dominant sexual identity narratives, expected migratory trajectories, and essentialist legal logics.

Date: 20 April 2016
Time: 15.15-17.00
Place: Department of gender studies, Lund University, Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14, Room 226

The presentation will be held in English, questions and discussion can be translated.