Event: Challenges in Queer and Feminist Migration and Diaspora Studies

By Emily Jones|July 5, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

The Centre for Gender Studies and the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS, University of London, are pleased to invite you to a two day conference on:

Challenges in Queer and Feminism Migration and Diaspora Studies

24-25th July, 2017

Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS

The Centre for Gender Studies and the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, SOAS invite to a two-day discussion space on queer and feminist migration and diaspora studies. The conference will provide a transdisciplinary context for queer and feminist knowledge production on non/belonging, anti-/racism, anti-/migratism, borders, anti-/nationalism etc. We build on the thought that migration and diaspora are – like gender and sexuality – not descriptive, objective categories, but analytical tools to name positions of power. Therefore, drawing on postcolonial studies and transnational queer-feminist approaches, in this gathering we will focus on analysing power relations and oppression, as well as engage with resistance strategies and empowerment. Bringing together critical knowledge production on nationalist, racist, migratist, homo/transphobic, sexist, colonialist and Eurocentric norms and normalizations of gender, nation, race and belonging can be troubling, challenging and contradictory and we would like to invite participants to endure these contradictions and turn these challenges into empowering interventions.

Tickets are free but must be booked online: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/challenges-in-queer-and-feminist-migration-and-diaspora-studies-tickets-35142035775




Monday, July 24th

4-4.30pm Registration

4.30 Welcoming Words

5-6.30 Keynote 1: Fatima El-Tayeb

6.30 Reception

Tuesday, July 25th

10.00-11.30 Panel 1: Epistemologies & Methodologies

Chair: Nydia Swaby, SOAS


Eddie Bruce-Jones, Birkbeck

Claudia Minchilli, Utrecht University

Spela Drnovsek Zorko, SOAS

11.30-12.00 Coffee Break

12.00-1.30 Panel 2: Academia & Activism

Chair: Awino Okech, SOAS


Jana Cattien, SOAS

SA Smythe, UC Irvine

Emma Patchett, Independent Researcher

1.30-2.30 Lunch Break

2.30-4 Keynote 2: Yasmin Gunaratnam

4.00-4.30 Coffee Break

4.30-6.00 Panel 3: Contradictions & Challenges

Chair: Alyosxa Tudor, SOAS


Avtar Brah, Professor Emeritus at Birkbeck

Paru Raman, SOAS

6.00-6.30 Closing Words

7.00 Party (SCR)

Please email any queries to: queerfeministmigrationdiaspora@gmail.com 
Fb event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/697793177167135/permalink/720103364936116/



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