Renee Dixson

Queer Sisterhood Project

Renee Dixson is a PhD Candidate at the Australia National University developing a digital archive of LGBTIQ oral histories about forced migration. The significance of Renee’s research project lies in the fact that the phenomenon of LGBTIQ migration and forced displacement has not been sufficiently documented. The archive that Renee is developing will be the first digital LGBTIQ archive to record those experiences.

Since 2004 Renee have been working as a human rights defender at the international and national levels focusing on the rights of LGBTIQ people. As a result of visible work and persecution, they were forced to leave their country of residence and seek asylum in Australia.

Renee also works at the Australian National University producing 3D models of artefacts, culturally significant objects such as the ceremonial Black Rod in the Australian Senate and animal skulls for research.

In addition, Renee is an artist and in their art practice Renee is working with film and photography. One of the big social art project that Renee produced was “Stories About Hope” that explored the experiences of refugees in Australia.

Renee is also a co-founder of the Queer Sisterhood Project, a refugee-led peer support and advocacy group for queer refugee women, and a co-convener of the inaugural conference on LGBTIQ asylum called Queer Displacements: Sexuality, Migration and Exile.

    11:30am - 12:00pm

    Conference Day Two Friday 14

    Special Session: Queer Displacements: working towards safety and inclusion of LGBTIQ+ people seeking asylum and refugees

    This session will present on the current challenges and barriers for protection and integration that persist in Australia for LGBTIQ+ people seeking asylum and refugees. It will present the Canberra Statement on the access to safety and justice for LGBTIQ+ asylum seekers and refugees as a tool to build solidarity and improve support.


    Tina Dixson, PhD Candidate, Queer Sisterhood Project
    Renee Dixson, PhD Candidate, Queer Sisterhood Project


    Azlan AP


    RAPPP 1 

    2.15PM - 3.45pm

    Conference Day One Thursday 13

    Parallel Session: What does ethical representation of refugees and refugee policy look like?

    In this session, we examine the ethical representation of people from refugee backgrounds in the mainstream media; the implications of participating in media for people with lived experience; and the dominant and politicised narratives in mainstream media.


    Shankar Kasynathan, Amnesty International Australia


    Renee Dixson, Queer Sisterhood Project
    Laura Stacey, Refugee Council of Australia
    Stefan Armbruster, SBS World News
    Grace Edward, Multicultural Youth QLD, BEMAC


    RAPPP 2