REFUGE, ASYLUM, DETENTION: A Feminist and Queer Lens
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.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
The main trends in contemporary asylum politics, including global border closures, refugee waiting, detention, and protracted insecurity
How the U.S. asylum detention system operates
The ways in which gender and sexuality shape migration, asylum, and detention
How feminist and queer perspectives help us better understand refugee and asylum politics to challenge structures of incarceration, xenophobia, nationalism, and global apartheid
What feminist, gender, and sexuality studies can learn from contemporary refugee movements, politics, and epistemologies
The avenues for joining feminist and queer studies with abolitionist movements against incarceration and border closures