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  • Discussion: At the Intersection of Religion, Race, and LGBTQIA+, is there room for Acceptance? 

  • The Istanbul Convention Thought Intersectionally

Gunda-Werner Institute, Berlin


September 6 2022

Keynote: Since 2011, the Istanbul Convention (IC) has been internationally recognised as the most far-reaching legally binding human rights instrument to prevent and combat gender-based and domestic violence. It obliges signatory states to take concrete action and also to interpret and recognise grounds for asylum from the 1951 Refugee Convention in a gender-sensitive way. The conference on 6 September 2022 places the issues of intersectionality, multiple discrimination and flight in the context of the Istanbul Convention.

The event can be accessed here

  • Panel: Precocity, Legality and Indigeneity: Migrants in Limbo

Law and Society Global Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal

July 14 2022

Paper presentation: Experiences with Motherhood of Lesbian-Identifying Womxn Seeking Asylum in Germany. 

  • Discussion Forum: Rethinking integration: Gender approach, equal opportunities and non-discrimination

Hosted by the European Coalition of Cities Against Racism (ECCAR)

June 2 2022

Queer Asylum - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex [LGBTQI+] people face very particular challenges when they decide to leave their countries and come to Europe as refugees or migrants. In this session our guests will discuss what is needed for queer refugees to have equal access to public services, especially to housing and the labour market. Particular attention will be paid to the opportunities and dangers of voluntary work in this field.

We will discuss these topics with Olivia Babirye Nyangoma, a queer refugee activist advocating for Lesbian rights. Anbid Zaman, a human rights defender for LGBTQI+ & social justice warrior and Dr. Mengia Tschalaer from the Queer European Asylum Network, an expert on how Westernized conceptions of human rights affect the access to justice of minority groups at the intersection of race, gender, sexuality and religion. The session will be moderated by Danijel Cubelic vice-president of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism (ECCAR].

  • Event Series: Transforming Systemic Violence: Experiences of Female and Non-Binary Identifying Queer Migrants 

Hosted by the Barnard Digital Humanities Center

March 22&29 2022 

This queer migration/asylum series examines how intersecting forms of systemic violence shape the experiences of forced migration and everyday life for female- and nonbinary-identifying queer migrants who are living in, or seeking admission to, the United States. The series frames systemic violence that these migrants face as being rooted in and reproducing settler colonialism, colonialism, racial capitalism, and heteronormative gender and sexuality. Presenters will identify the challenges and risks that forced migration and/or seeking asylum creates for female- and nonbinary-identifying queer people on the move, and explore making change.


The recordings are available here 

  • Online Symposium: Queer Asylum and the EU Return System: Challenges and Risks

Hosted by the Queer European Asylum Network

25. November 2021. 9.15- 1.30pm CET

The EU Dublin III-return system risks jeopardizing the transfer safeguards for LGBTIQ+ refugees and asylum seekers within the EU. This symposium examines the challenges the EU Dublin III-return system creates for LGBTIQ+ asylum claimants – particularly considering the increasingly politically motivated homo- and transphobia in some EU member states – and seeks to amplify best practices for the protection of LGBTIQ+ identifying asylum claimants within the EU. 


How are rights-based protections enshrined within the European Charter of Human Rights (ECHR) and that apply to LGBTIQ+ refugees and asylum seekers living in EU reception countries uphold in the context of Dublin III? How should human rights standards be guaranteed within national and local legal frameworks and practices. We ask. 

For registration and more information click here

Funded by the Gunda-Werner Institute

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

Hosted by the nccr-on the move

23. June 2021. 10am-4pm CET

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

  • Global Roundtable on Protection and Solutions for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer (LGBTIQ+) Persons in Forced Displacement

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).

  • 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 in co-organization with the Queer European Asylum Network and the Queer Asylum in Germany project. The event receives support from the Gunda-Werner Institute.

  • 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 


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.

29 April 2020 I 9am-4pm

Symposium organized by the Queer Muslim Asylum Spaces project

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 symposium 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

  • Theater Basel, Basel, Switzerland

21 February 2020

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

See 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

See here

  • 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 imposition and resistance

  • ILGA-Europe Annual Conference​, Orea Hotel Pyramida, Prague, Czech Republi​c


23- 26 October 2019

  • nccr - on the move Conference, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

12- 13 September 2019

Paper presented: Victimhood and Femininities in Black Lesbian Asylum Cases in Germany

  • German Futures Conference, University of Bristol, UK

4- 6 September 2019

Paper presented: The Erasure of Femininities in Black Lesbian Asylum Cases in Germany

  • IMISCOE Conference, University of Malmö, Sweden 

26- 28 June 2019

Paper presented: The Assessment of LGBTQI+ Muslim Asylum Claims against the background of raising Islamophobia in Germany

For more info see here

  • Conference: Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC, USA

28 May - 2 June 2019

Paper presented: Between Queer Liberalisms and Muslim Masculinities: The Assessment of Queer Muslim Asylum Quests in Germany. 

For more info see here

  • Workshop: LSA Junior Scholar Workshop, Annual Law and Society Meeting, Washington DC, USA

26 - 27 May, 2019

  • Workshop: Political Theory of LGBTQ Refugees and Migrants, University of Ottawa, Canada


28 November - 1 December 2018


LGBTQ migration, and the treatment of LGBTQ migrants and refugees, raise several ethical and political theoretical questions that are distinct from the general questions of migration. The current migration flows, immigration and admission policies, as well as modes of integration, are all affected by different notions – and expectations – of a person’s sexual and gender identity. On the one hand, LGBTQ migrants and refugees are among the most vulnerable groups in global migration movements; on the other, the movement of affluent LGBTQ persons within western cities and metropoles tells a very different story about LGBTQ migration.

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.

For more information click here

  • Brown Bag Presentation, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol


​22 November 2018


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

21 April 2017

Dr. Dalia Fahmy, assistant professor of political science at Long Island University and senior fellow at the Center for Global Policy, Dr. Shadi Hamid, author and senior fellow at the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution, and Dr. Mengia Hong Tschalaer, professor of political science and anthropology at John Jay College, engaged in a robust discussion on Islam in the modern world. The discussion covered topics like the role of faith in governance, public life, and terrorism. The conversation was moderated by Tom Nagorski, executive vice president of Asia Society. 

View the event here
  • Book Talk: South Asia Centre at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Syracuse University, USA 


19 September 2017 

South Asia Center presents: Mengia Hong Tschalaer on Muslim Women’s Quest for Gender Justice: Gender, Law and Activism in India

Mengia Hong Tschalaer, John Jay College, City University of New York

Mengia Hong Tschalaer discusses her new publication Muslim Women’s Quest for Gender Justice: Gender, Law and Activism in India. The book gives insight into the manner in which Muslim women’s rights activists in the city of Lucknow challenge the authority of the Indian state as well as the Muslim clergy in the domain of Muslim family law.

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