2018 – Public Speaking

Paper presentation at the ‘Politics of Listening’ Conference

Sydney, November 2018

In this presentation I seek to reflect on the journey of working with 8 queer refugee women as a part of my PhD thesis What does it mean to be a queer refugee woman? A Collective self-discovery of lived experiences through trauma and agency. In this presentation I want to discuss how feminist and queer theorising of trauma has a potential to bring to surface those experiences that were silenced because of one’s gender, sexuality, and/or biopolitical governance of bodies in situations of exile and asylum-seeking. I also aim to critique current approaches to witnessing within refugee activism that result in re-traumatisation of people with the lived experience. In doing so, I attend to my position from within to reflect on the reciprocal listening to what our traumas open up.

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CEDAW Shadow Report: LGBTI Asylum-Seeking & Refugee Women

This report is a submission by the Queer Sisterhood Project to the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (“the CEDAW Committee” or the “Committee”) on the occasion of its consideration of the State of Australia’s implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) at the 70th session taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, 2-20th July 2018.

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