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Panel Discussion: “Queer Refugees/Queering Refugee Studies” – “Encountering Difference, Embodying Boundaries, and Unsettling Borders: Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants in the European Union”

October 9, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


This panel places queer refugee experiences and queer refugee studies at the forefront of larger discussions of political asylum, global or transnational perceptions of queerness, and overlapping systems of governance. Rather than treating queer refugees as exceptional or marginal to refugee studies, we explore how queerness is central to the formation of refugee subjects, border regimes, and state technologies.


Panelists include:

Elif Sari, Cornell University

Sima Shaksari, University of Minnesota

Fadi Saleh, University of Göttingen

Begüm Başdaş, Humboldt University of Berlin

Suad Jabr, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


This panel is part of the conference, “Encountering Difference, Embodying Boundaries, and Unsettling Borders: Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants in the European Union.” This virtual conference explores how Middle Eastern refugee and immigrant experiences provide insights into the production of difference, boundaries, and borders by unsettling established understandings of identity, statehood, and territory in and on the edges of the European Union. More information and register.


Sponsored by the UNC Center for European Studies, UNC Global, UNC College of Arts and Sciences, and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.


Friday, October 9 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

UNC Chapel Hill


October 9, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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