84 million people and counting have been forcibly displaced by war and violence worldwide. The majority are stranded with insecure legal status in refugee camps and urban peripheries in the global South. Those who seek refuge in the U.S., Europe, or Australia face ongoing violence and rights violations, including incarceration in camps and detention centers. Others are granted temporary protection that turns refuge into decades-long protracted insecurity.
In this discussion, we use feminist and queer lenses to analyze these movements and containments. We explore how gender and sexuality shape refuge, asylum, and detention; how feminist and queer standpoints illuminate the structures that produce and sustain global apartheid; and how refugees and their allies resist these forces.
This event is co-sponsored by the Cornell Migrations Initiative.