• Workshop: Queer Asylum: International Perspectives Between Activism 
and Academia

23. June 2021. 10am-4pm CET

NCCR - on the move. University of Neuchatel. 

The workshop will be held on Webex. The event will be bilingual: the panelists will present in English from 10:00 – 12:30 and in French from 13:30 – 16:00.

Download the Program here

07-29 June 2021

Organized by the UNHCR

Participation in several sessions of the event ‘2021 Global Roundtable on Protection and Solutions for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer (LGBTIQ+) Persons in Forced Displacement‘, organised by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Independent Expert on Protection Against Violence and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (UN IE SOGI) (by invitation).

  • Fachgespräch:  “Wen schützt die Istanbul-Konvention? Queere Frauen auf der Flucht brauchen mehr Sicherheit”

Hosted by the Queer European Asylum Network and the Gunda Werner Institute

15. June 2021

Die Istanbul-Konvention von 2011 gilt als das weitreichendste rechtsverbindliche Menschenrechtsinstrument zur Verhinderung und Bekämpfung von geschlechtsspezifischer Gewalt und verpflichtet die Staaten zum Handeln. Lesbische, bisexuelle, trans* und intergeschlechtliche Frauen werden in der Konvention nicht ausdrücklich erwähnt, sie verweist auf ein binäres Verständnis von Geschlecht. Obwohl die Konvention sexuelle Orientierung und die Geschlechtsidentität als unzulässige Gründe für Diskriminierung erwähnt, bleiben Gewalterfahrungen von queeren Frauen im Asylverfahren oft unerkannt. 

Drei Vorträge gehen den Fragen nach: Welches Geschlechterverständnis wird in der Istanbul-Konvention deutlich? Wie wird die Istanbul-Konvention in Deutschland umgesetzt, insbesondere in Hinblick auf geflüchtete Frauen? Welche Gewalterfahrungen machen lesbische, bisexuelle, trans* und queere geflüchtete Frauen?

  • Event Series: "Queer Liberalisms and Marginal Mobility"

Hosted by the Barnard Digital Humanities Center

9- 30 April 2021 

This speaker series, organized by the Queer European Asylum Network and Migration Mobilities Bristol in collaboration with the Barnard Digital Humanities Center, features four events which brings into conversation the contributors to the special issue “Queer Liberalisms and Marginal Mobility.” The special issue will be published by Ethnic and Racial Studies in Spring 2022. 

“Queer Liberalisms and Marginal Mobility” addresses queer migration through the intersectional lens of queer liberalisms, authoritarianism, and marginal mobilities. Globally, LGBTIQ+ rights form an inherent part of human rights discourse and politics. At the same time, this very human rights language is increasingly used by nation-states to defend their borders, control migration flows, and intensify discrimination and prejudice against the “other.” Using a socio-legal lens, this event series examines the interconnectedness of queer mobilities across and within different geographical, social and political contexts. 

Register here

The recordings are available here

  • Current Debates in the Protection and Study of LGBTQI+ Displaced People

Hosted by the Oxford Department of International Development

22 February 2021

This panel discussion will analyse the contemporary global protection regime afforded to the LGBT+ displaced. With three speakers who have a range of both academic and policy experience, we will review both histories of progress, as well as existing challenges in the protection of LGBT+ people. The panel will give specific consideration to dynamics currently effaced by both ongoing academic and policy debates. All are welcome to attend this event — there will be time for questions at the end.

Chair: Samuel Ritholtz, DPhil candidate, ODID

Speakers: Eirene Chen (SOGIESC/LGBTI Consultant, UN High Commissioner for Refugees), Dr Mengia Tschalaer (Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Political Science at City University of New York & Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Sociology, Politics, and International Studies at the University of Bristol), and Dr Kate Pincock (Research Associate, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford, and Researcher, Overseas Development Institute)

For more information see here.

  • Intersectionality and LGBTI-Policies in Europe: Lived Realities of Lesbian* Women and the Recognition of Rainbow Families

Hotel Oderberger, Berlin

18 & 19 November 2020

Within the framework of the German Presidencies of the Council of the European Union and the Council of Europe in 2020, the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth is planning an international conference on the subject of European LGBTI policies. The conference will focus on promoting the visibility of lesbian* women in European equality and anti-discrimination policies as well as the full legal recognition of rainbow families

Contribution: Spotlight Queer Asylum: Lesbian* Perspectives

  • Recognition and Prevention of Violence against LGBTQI+  on the Move​


13 November 2020

Conference organized by the Queer Muslim Asylum Spaces project and the Queer European Asylum Network

This symposium foregrounds trans, intersex, lesbian and non-binary migrants and refugees’ experiences of asylum, challenging the often cis-homocentric and Eurocentric perspectives and views that continue to dominate queer asylum practice and policies. The thematic focus are firstly, the recognition of gender-based violence in the asylum claims of lesbian, inter and transgender persons and secondly, violence protection and prevention against LGBTQI+ people on the move in their country of arrival. In so doing, the panels ask what we can learn from these experiences and how they contribute to a more inclusive asylum policy – particularly with an eye towards the New Common European Asylum System. This symposium will be concluded by a participatory performance which approaches the topics around queer asylum, human rights and violence through testimonies and the writing of poems by the participants.   

Check out our conference website for more info and registration​

  • 3rd Conference of the Network of Forced Migration Researcher 


17-19  September 2020

Paper Presentation: Queer Asylum Challenges in Germany

  • Covid-19 and Queer Asylum Policy Discussion Forum


04. September 2020 | 11.45-13.00 CEST

This Covid-19 and Queer Asylum Discussion forum is a closed online event. Invited are politicians, policy makers and practitioners to discuss the policy implications of the Covid-19 and Queer Asylum virtual symposium which took place on 29. April 2020 and as summarized in our policy brief. The aim of this discussion forum is to highlight the marginal experiences of LGBTQI+ refugees during the pandemic and demand action on the part of policy makers and politicians.

This online discussion forum will be hosted by the Bundesstiftung Magnus Hirschfeld and receives support from the Gunda-Werner Institute.


Interested to join us? Please contact Magdalena Müssig (Bundesstiftung Magnus Hirschfeld) at by 28. August 2020 the latest.

  • Gleichberechtigung im Asylverfahren für Schwarze lesbische und queere Frauen


22 July 2020 I 18.00-20.00 (CET)

Eine Verletzung der Freiheit der sexuellen Orientierung und Geschlechtsidentität begründet in Deutschland ein Recht auf Asyl – trotzdem wird dieses Recht statistisch gesehen vor allem Schwarzen lesbischen und queeren Frauen* vorenthalten, die aufgrund ihrer Sexualität in ihren Heimatländern unter Unterdrückung und Verfolgung leiden. In der Online-Veranstaltung „Gleichberechtigung im Asylverfahren“ diskutieren nach einem einführenden Vortrag durch Dr. Mengia Tschalaer (Universität Bristol) Monique Richards (Unicorn Refugees, PLUS Rhein-Neckar e.V.), Sara Schmitter (LeTRa), Margret Göth (Dipl.-Psychologin, PLUS Rhein-Neckar e.V.), welchen Konflikten sich Schwarze lesbische und queere Frauen* ausgesetzt sehen und welche Handlungsbedarfe bestehen, um tatsächlichen allen ihr Menschenrecht auf Asyl zu garantieren.

Watch a recording of the event here

  • This is Who Am: An Online Performance of LGBTQI+ Asylum Testimonies


13. July 2020 I 12.30-2pm (BST)

'This Is Who I Am' is presented by the theatre company ice&fire, which specialises in exploring human rights stories through performance. The company puts human rights at the core of everything it does to make accessible theatre for a wide range of audiences across the UK. This virtual performance features a reading of first-hand accounts of LGBTQI+ people's experiences of seeking refuge in the UK and going through the UK asylum process. The reading will be followed by a discussion between the ice&fire theatre director Sebastian Aguirre and LGBTQI+ asylum groups in the UK. There will also be a Q&A session with the audience.

Register here

  • SOGICA Conference


7-8 July 2020

Paper Presentation: LGBTQI Persons Experiences with Social Isolation during Covid-19

  • IMISCOE, Annual Conference, Luxembourg (CANCELLED)


30 June - 2 July 2020

Paper Presentation: The Lack of Refugee Protection for Lesbians Racialized as Black in Germany

  • Political Theory and LGBTQ Asylum and Refugees Workshop,  University of Leeds (POSTPONED)


2 June 2020

This workshop brings together political philosophers, ethicists and other experts on asylum and refugees to discuss the political theoretical challenges of asylum and refugeehood with a specific focus on LGBTQ perspectives.

  • Online Symposium: COVID-19 and Queer Asylum 

29 April 2020 I 9am-4pm

Queer Muslim Asylum Online Symposium

COVID-19 & Queer Asylum is a virtual symposium featuring NGO representatives and lawyers working on queer asylum, LGBTQI+ activists and LGBTQI+ persons seeking asylum/refugees from Germany as well as the Council of Europe. The Symposium consists of three panels followed by a counseling forum lead by lawyers and LGBTQI+ asylum practitioners that allows for a Q&A around COVID-19 and LGBTQI+ asylum.

Free registration and more info available on our conference website!

  • Queer Asylum in Germany: Between Queer Liberalisms and Colonial Sexualities, Barnard College, Columbia University (POSTPONED!)

New York, USA

7 April 2020

Public Lecture on Queer Asylum Assessment in Germany

Hosted by the Barnard Digital Humanities Centre and the Barnard Center for Research on Women

RSVP here

  • Spannungsverhältnis Kolonialismus, Geschlecht und Macht, Theater Basel

Basel, Switzerland

21 February 2020

Panel Discussion "Politics of Postcolonial Sexuality" with Patricia Purtschert, Serena Owusua, and Stefanie Boulila

More info here

  • Hohenheimer Tage on Migration Law

Stuttgart, Germany

24-26 January 2020

Talk with Judge Kolja Naumann on the adjudication and credibility of LGBTQI+ cases in Germany

  • Multiculturalism, Nationalism, Religions and Secularism Conference

University of Bristol, UK

8-10 November 2019

Presentation on the challenges of Black lesbian asylum seekers within Germany's asylum system

  • Research Project Lab – Waiting: a roundtable discussion on the spacing and timing of (im)mobility

University of Bristol, UK

6 November 2019

Panel on waiting as a form of political impositon and resistance

  • ILGA-Europe Annual Conference

Orea Hotel Pyramida, Prague, Czech Republic

23- 26 October 2019

  • nccr - on the move Conference

University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

12-13 September 2019

Presentation on the manner in which race shapes the assesment of LGBTQI+ asylum cases in Germany

  • German Futures Conference

Bristol University, UK

4 - 6 September 2019

Presentation on the intersectionality of Black lesbian asylum cases in Germany

  • Conference: SOGICA Project

Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

4 July 2019

Panelist: The intersectionality of queer asylum in Europe panel 

  • Conference: IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion)

University of Malmö, Sweden

26 June -28 June 2019

  • Conference: Law and Society Association Meeting

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol, USA

30 May - 2 June 2019

Between Queer Liberalisms and Muslim Masculinities: The Assessment of LGBTQI+ Muslim Asylum Cases

  • Workshop: LSA Juniors Scholar Workshop

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol, USA

28 May - 29 May 2019

  • Workshop: Political Theory of LGBTQ Refugees and Migrants


Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, Canada  


28 November - 1 December 2018

This workshop brings together political philosophers, ethicists and other experts on migration to discuss the political theoretical challenges of global migration and refugee movements with a specific focus on LGBTQ perspectives.

  • Brown Bag Presentation

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol, UK

22 November 2018


Theoretical Reflections on Queer Asylum in Germany, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol