BFU presents REFUGEE RIGHTS: panel discussion and community Q&A

Dear BFUers,
As you probably know, refugee policy is a fiercely contested field of Australian political discourse. The major parties use politicised, dehumanised language to talk about some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people in the world – those who are seeking asylum. Our refugee rhetoric is damaging, socially alienating and ethically flawed.

So, on Wednesday 21 May, BFU will host a panel discussion and community Q&A on the ins-and-outs of refugee policy: ethics, law, community sentiment, culture and politics.

Dr. Peter Billings is a Senior Lecturer at TC Beirne School of Law at UQ. His research interests are public law, immigration and refugee law, Indigenous Australian law and policy and administrative law.

Dr Gerhard Hoffstaedter is an academic at UQ. He has worked with refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia since 2010, and he’s about to take up a Discovery Early Career Research Award to produce an in-depth ethnography of the refugee experience in Malaysia.

The discussion and Q&A will be facilitated by Brisbane-based activist, writer and lawyer, Marissa Dooris.

When? Wednesday 21 May, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Where? Carpark under Westpac Bank, 89-91 Boundary Street, West End.


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  1. BFU at Left Forum in NY says:

    Dear BFUers,

    Hark! Good news! We are excited to let you know that Brisbane Free University has been invited (and has accepted) to participate on a panel at this year’s Left Forum in New York City, which will take place from May 30th – June 1st. You can check out the details of the panel by following this link:

    In the lead up to this event, we are opening the virtual floor to you – we’d love to represent, to the greatest extent possible, everyone who has been involved in, or has an interest in, the Brisbane Free University, and not just the organising multibody. As such, we welcome any reflections, ideas, critiques, comments or stories that you might have to offer with regards to BFU, or alternative learning in general. Whatever form it might take, please send it our way! You can email us at brisbanefreeuniversity[at]gmail[dot]com, or drop us a message via our facebook page.

    With thanks,
    The BFU crew.

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