• Under the European Asylum Rainbow: Intersectional Queer Challenges 2020


25 September 2020

Conference organized by the Queer Muslim Asylum Spaces project

This conference is committed to putting the lived experience of queer asylum at the centre of the conversation. It brings together LGBTQI+ refugees and persons seeking asylum, key academic scholars, practitioners, politicians, policy and civil society stakeholders to discuss and develop the relevance of the experiences of LGBTQI* asylum practices in Germany for the EU. Our aim is to generate a knowledge exchange amongst a wide spectrum of actors who are involved with queer asylum.

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

  • 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.


Die Veranstaltung ist über Zoom erreichbar unter https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83494542645?pwd=Zmt2NjdTMTU2OUtEQzh3ZEFnYXhFUT09 (Meeting-ID: 834 9454 2645; Passwort: 355106) und ist als Facebook-Livestream auf https://www.facebook.com/QueerHD zu verfolgen.​

  • 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: Queer Asylum Temporalities: Waiting while on the Move

  • 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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