Queer Migration and Asylum in Europe online launch event (16th March 2021, 5pm GMT)

Posted on March 15, 2021 by Alison Fox

Join the UCL European Institute for a panel event to celebrate the publication of Queer Migration and Asylum in Europe, a new volume from UCL Press edited by Richard C.M. Mole, Professor of Political Sociology at UCL SSEES. The book is the result of a 2017 conference supported by the European Institute under our Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence programme. Learn more here.

This webinar features Mole and a selection of contributing authors whose work covers a range of perspectives on LGBTQ+ migration and asylum in Europe.

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  • Robert Wintemute (King's College London) 'Universal humanity vs. national citizenship: the example of same-sex partner immigration in Europe' 
  • Richard Mole (UCL SSEES) 'Rethinking diaspora: Queer Poles, Brazilians and Russians in Berlin'
  • Keith E. McNeal (University of Houston) 'Between homonationalism and Islamophobia: Comparing Queer Caribbean and Muslim Asylum-Seeking in/to the Netherlands'
  • Moira Dustin and Nina Held (University of Sussex) '‘They sent me to the mountain’: The role of space, faith and support groups for LGBTIQ+ asylum claimants'

Chair: Claudia Sternberg, UCL European Institute

About the book: Europe is a popular destination for LGBTQ people seeking to escape discrimination and persecution. Yet, while European institutions have done much to promote the legal equality of sexual minorities and a number of states pride themselves on their acceptance of sexual diversity, the image of European tolerance and the reality faced by LGBTQ migrants and asylum seekers are often quite different.

To engage with these conflicting discourses, Queer Migration and Asylum in Europe brings together scholars from politics, sociology, urban studies, anthropology and law to analyse how and why queer individuals migrate to or seek asylum in Europe, as well as the legal, social and political frameworks they are forced to navigate to feel at home or to regularise their status in the destination societies. The subjects covered include LGBTQ Latino migrants’ relationship with queer and diasporic spaces in London; diasporic consciousness of queer Polish, Russian and Brazilian migrants in Berlin; the role of the Council of Europe in shaping legal and policy frameworks relating to queer migration and asylum; the challenges facing bisexual asylum seekers; queer asylum and homonationalism in the Netherlands; and the role of space, faith and LGBTQ organisations in Germany, Italy, the UK and France in supporting queer asylum seekers.

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Queer Migration and Asylum in Europe will be published by UCL Press on 8 March 2021. You can read Richard’s recent piece “’They explode with gayness’: Polish queer migration and self realisation” on the UCL Europe Blog.

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