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Queer Migrations

October 2020

CRASSH, Alison Richard Building (Sidgwick Site)

Critical debates in migration and diaspora studies have long ignored issues of sexuality and queerness. The figures of the migrant and the refugee have become normalised as cis-gender and heterosexual through cultural, political and media narratives, as well as in academic discourse. Mainstream references to LGBTQ+ migrants are exceptional and tend towards placing these subjects within a problematic Western-centric narrative of global mobility as ‘the movement from repression to freedom’ (Grewal and Kaplan 2001). The objective of this conference is twofold: firstly, to restore visibility to the queer migrant in cultural, sociological, political, theoretical and methodological debates on globality and migration; and secondly, to challenge the socio-political and racialised narrativization of the queer migrant experience as a journey from the ‘backward’ global South to the ‘progressive’ global North. In so doing, this interdisciplinary conference will itself perform a kind of ‘queering’, rupturing stable, linear and Western conceptions of migration, and rethinking the ways in which queer bodies are perceived, represented and choose to move and travel through space. 

Registration is £5.00. A number of free places are available for people who are unwaged or on low incomes.

Booking required:
Co-organised with Geoffrey Maguire, Leila Mukhida & Tiffany Page




Queer Times

April 2021

Buckingham House, Murray Edwards College

The Queer Times conference is a two-day celebration of research linked to the lgbtQ+@cam initiative which began in 2018. The conference, featuring the work of more than a dozen Cambridge academics and affiliated researchers will offer an occasion to think not only about the content of our work – our concepts, analytics, semantics and critiques – but also our style of practice. What difference does an lgbtq+ perspective make to the work we do – in our classrooms and our departments, in our disciplines and our faculties, and in our own work as individual writers, artists and creative thinkers?

The conference will include an opening panel and keynote on day 1 and three panels followed by a performance and a book launch on day 2. Lunch, tea and coffee are provided. The venue is fully wheelchair accessible and reduced price or free tickets are available. Parts of this event will be filmed. 

More information here