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.

Rainbow RAC panel on the issues of LGBTIQ refugees and people seeking asylum.

Canberra, November 2018

Professional development session: “Building service capacity to work with queer people from refugee backgrounds”. 

Sydney, November 2018

Keynote speaker together with Renee Dixson at the Living and Loving in Diversity Conference 

AGMC, Melbourne, September 2018 

In this keynote, we focus on broader discourses on people from refugee backgrounds and the place queer people occupy in them, issues of representation as well as share some progress on bridging the gaps between queer and refugee communities.

You can download our speech here alternatively watch it online.

Workshop: How can we effectively support queer refugee women? 

AGMC, Melbourne, September 2018

Drawing on the empirical evidence, this practical workshop addresses the needs of queer refugee women and provide examples of how they can be met. It touches upon questions of belonging, identity, and importance of representation. Most importantly, it equips participants with knowledge what they can do to ensure inclusivity of LGBTIQ community.

Professional Development Workshop: Working with and for queer refugee women? 

Foundation House, Melbourne, September 2018

This 2-hour professional development workshop shares the empirical data on the lived experiences of queer refugee women using trauma theory as a conceptual framework. It then moves to discuss the implications for the service provision as well as short term and long term steps to ensure the inclusivity of services.

Clinical masterclass: Working with and for queer refugee women? 

NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors, Sydney, September 2018

This masterclass shares the empirical data on the lived experiences of queer refugee women using trauma theory as a conceptual framework. It unpacks women’s experiences of queer asylum along the continuum from their countries of origin to the life post refugee visa.

Guest speaker at the Country of Origin Information Services Section Conference 

Department of Home Affairs 

My presentation discussed the research findings of the lived experiences of queer refugee women, intersections of gender, sexuality and the experience of seeking asylum, the impact of trauma on the storytelling and memory, questions of Western approaches to LGBTIQ identities and experiences as well as research practices in the settings of invisibility of the experiences of queer women.

Workshop co-facilitator ‘How do we achieve humanitarian responses that are inclusive of age, gender and diversity?’

2018 UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs, Switzerland

Age, gender and diversity considerations must build on the agency of individuals and include their distinct experiences related to age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, nationality, culture, religion, social status and/or other personal characteristics. These 4-hour workshop seeks to answer questions:

  • How do we reconcile age, gender and diversity-related needs in humanitarian response, particularly where they intersect, overlap, or are conflicting?
  • How do we ensure that we are all working towards the inclusion of all age, gender and diversity groups in our humanitarian response?

Download the full program here (see pages 16-17).

Workshop presenter. Human Rights and Queer Refugees: Ethics of Research 

LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference, Thorne Harbour Health and ACON, Melbourne. 

The workshop looks at the ethics of research with what formal ethics committees define as ‘vulnerable’ populations; the benefits of collaborative research; gives notes on autoethnography and narrative inquiry as methods to tell community’s stories; and the importance of self-care and boundaries when working with trauma.

Guest Lecture: Building Community with and for Queer Refugee Women

New York University, Sydney Campus

Presenter at the 2018 Health in Difference Conference

LGBTI Health Alliance, Sydney
In this presentation, I’ve shared a journey of working with queer refugee women and building our own community. I’ve presented on the existing gaps in services, representation and advocacy, as well offered solutions for more inclusive communities. I’ve critically reflected on how intersectional identities both empower and restrain.

Keynote speaker: Cumberland Council Workshop “Building Cultural Capacities: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Rights”

Cumberland Council, Sydney
In my keynote, I unpacked what it means for a service provider to take intersectional approaches to their work on the example of working with a group of queer refugee women.

Panel moderator: Queer Refugees: Building the Bridges and Bridging the Gaps

Queer Thinking, Mardi Gras, Sydney
The panel offered critical reflection of the available support and services for queer people who sought asylum in Australia. Panellists included Roj Amedi, Renee Dixson, Randa Kattan and Kathryn Clarke.

Host and moderator of the opening & closing sessions at the Refugee Alternatives Conference 2018

Refugee Council of Australia, Melbourne
The opening session featured a conversation with Carolina Gottardo, Executive Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service and Prof. Yiombi Thona, Chair of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network on the NY Declaration, Global Compact for Refugees and Global Compact on Migration as well as Australian Program of Action.

The closing session looked at the local, regional and international contexts in relation to the successful implementation of the Program of Action.

Presenter at the academic workshop ‘Who Has the Right to Research? Research with, for and by People with Lived Experiences of Seeking’

Melbourne Social Equity Institute, Melbourne
My presentation featured the ethical implications of work with the group of queer refugee women using autoethnography and collaborative ethnography as methodology.