From Carceral Geographies to Racialized Borders: A Queer Feminist Ethnography
From a positionality of an exiled protestor in Europe and a previous political prisoner in Syria, this postdoctoral project traces the journeys of eight self-identified Syrian and Palestinian LGBTQ artists, workers, performers, and refugees from their temporary locations of exile in Lebanon to their refugee locations in Europe. It explores the interlocutors’ temporal encounters with geographies of checkpoints and prisons in Syria and Lebanon on the one hand, and racialized borders of Europe, on the other. In doing so, this project investigates narratives of what Rima Hammami calls “carceral geographies” (Hammami, 2015) and surviving checkpoints, prisons, and asylum journeys from Syria and Lebanon to Europe. In doing so, this project investigates stories of navigating and surviving racialized borders as LGBTQ refugees of color and explores how this experience is securitized and militarized. Furthermore, this project explores emotional labor and care (Raha 2017) as affective forms of protest in the context of military carceral states in Syria and Lebanon and Europe’s ‘refugee crisis.’ This fellowship will be dedicated to interviewing and exploring the journeys of eight self-identified Syrian and Palestinian LGBTQ persons who fled Syria and Lebanon to Europe and how they view their asylum experiences in relation to previous experiences in Syria and Lebanon.