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We are here, but are we queer?: A bricolage of the experiences of LGBTQ refugees in Linköping, Sweden
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, The Department of Gender Studies.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In recent years, the field of queer asylum studies has slowly been expanding in different contexts across the world, with numerous methodologies and various topics of focus. In Sweden, the academic work in this area has mainly focused on legal perspectives. Providing a different perspective, this thesis examines the situation and experiences of LGBTQ asylum seekers and refugees in Linköping, Sweden through a community-based collage project. It examines how collages can be used as a method for research and a tool for community building within this context, and explores the experiences of LGBTQ asylum seekers and refugees in Linköping, Sweden, using individual and group collages.

Using the concept of bricolage, the thesis ties together various artworks with short narratives and analytical interpretations. Together, they form a fragmented, in itself collage-like insight into this community. Through these fragments, the thesis reflects on the themes of migration, belonging, survival, and identity. Additionally, it explores questions of home, family, refugeeness, mess, homonormativity and representation. I argue that commonly used narratives of migration often do not fit this group, as they face highly complex forms of oppression based on their intersecting identities.

Furthermore, the thesis examines the use of collage as a method by looking into the ways collage can negotiate methodological issues like accessibility and researcher accountability, how it can function as a tool for community building, and how it can be used to allow a community researcher to negotiate their positionality in an easier way. I argue that the use of collage has many benefits and that the use of the collage method in this thesis has enriched the research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 103
Keywords [en]
Queer asylum, LGBTQ migrants, LGBTQ asylum seekers and refugees, queer migration, collage, bricolage, intersectionality, identity
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-151563ISRN: LIU-TEMA G/GSIC2-A—18/013-SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-151563DiVA, id: diva2:1250566
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Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, Two Year
Presentation
2018-09-03, 14:00 (English)
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Available from: 2018-09-25 Created: 2018-09-24 Last updated: 2018-09-25Bibliographically approved

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