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Who is a migrant in Europe? The third session of the series invites Alyosxa Tudor (SOAS) to discuss their work on migratism, racism and transfeminism in European migration studies.

Event details of Bridging Race and Migration Studies: Alyosxa Tudor
Date 25 March 2021
Time 16:00 -17:00

In this session, Alyosxa Tudor will give a keynote that explores their work on  racism/migratism and trans/queer scholarship. Alyosxa Tudor’s research largely explores processes of gendering and racialization (predominantly in Europe) by drawing on post/decolonial- and queer/transnational feminist approaches. They have published widely on topics covering migrations, diasporas, borders and critical whiteness, specifically in relation to queerness/transnationalism and critiques of Eurocentrism. Their research also uncovers how racism, migration and migratism can be understood in relation to knowledge production(s) within queer/trans- and larger migration scholarship.  Their latest work includes “Terfism is White Distraction: On BLM, Decolonising the Curriculum, Anti-Gender Attacks and Feminist Transphobia.” (2020) and ''Im/Possibilities of Refusing and Choosing Gender'.(2019). 

Sonja Evaldsson Mellström (UvA) will moderate the session.  


Alyosxa Tudor is Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London, where their research connects trans- and queer feminist approaches with transnational feminism and postcolonial studies. Their main research interests lie in analysing (knowledge productions on) migrations, diasporas and borders in relation to processes of gendering and racialisation. Alyosxa Tudor is also  the primary responsible for the GenderX project at SOAS, alongside Dr. Rahul Rao. The project is located within transdisciplinary gender studies and explores how the category of gender is (re)constructed across certain periods of time and contexts. The project aims to critically deconstruct and break away from binary gender relations produced through European colonialism.

Recommended Readings

  • Tudor, A. (2017). Queering Migration Discourse. Differentiating Racism and Migratism in Postcolonial Europe. Lambda Nordica, 22(2–3), 21–40.
  • Tudor, A.  (2018) Cross-fadings of racialisation and migratisation: the postcolonial turn in Western European gender and migration studies, Gender, Place & Culture, 25(7), 1057-1072,

About the Series

In 2021, ACES launches a new online lecture series titled “Race and Migration - scholarship in between, on and beyond the borders”. Starting January 27th and reaching until June 10th, the series invites speakers and the audience to reflect on the historical divides and bridges between race and migration scholarship in Europe. During five monthly sessions, scholars from various fields are invited to discuss how they tackle the intersections between race- and migration in both their scholarly work and in institutional settings. The series is convened by Sonja Evaldsson Mellström and Eline Westra, UvA Department of Political Science.

What are the points of contestation between race- and migration studies in 21st century Europe? Why have these two fields developed parallel to, but not always in conversation with, each other?

The study of race- and ethnicity in Europe has historically been concerned with imperial pasts, postcolonial presents and constructions of race across the continent. Migration studies, on the other hand, has predominantly tackled issues of migrant settlement, integration and global mobilities focusing on questions of labour markets and economics, national identity and social cohesion, and state sovereignty. While there are notable exceptions, serious engagement with issues of race- and ethnicity has traditionally been lacking in European migration studies. Over the past decades, a shift has occurred in Europe where scholars within critical race-, migration-, post/colonial - and mobility studies increasingly have treated race and ethnicity as constitutive of migration processes. This IMES/ACES lecture series invites six scholars to reflect on how the intersections between ethnicity-, race,- post/colonial- and migration scholarship inform both their own work and the larger field of migration studies. The series offers a platform for students, scholars and practitioners to critically engage with the historical divides and bridges between race and migration scholarship. Through the discussions the series aim to create avenues for tackling the issue of race in studies of transnational mobility and to provide a space to reflect on how academia institutionally can bridge the historical divides.