African LGBTQI+ Migration Research Network

ALMN aims to advance scholarship on LGBTQI+ migration on, from and to the African continent

About ALMN

ALMN aims to advance scholarship on all facets of LGBTQI+ migration. We bring together scholars, researchers, practitioners, activists and service providers to spark critical conversations, promote knowledge exchange, support evidence-based policy responses, and initiate effective and ethical collaborations.

ALMN recognises that LGBTQI+ migration does not simply happen from the African continent, but also within and across (imposed) national borders. We are committed to both reorienting LGBTQI+ migration scholarship towards the Global South, and promoting knowledge produced within the Global South in order to challenge systemic inequality within the global academy.

 

Principles and values

Aims and objectives

 

ALMN brings together individuals interested in LGBTQI+ migration on, from and to the African continent in order to:

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Advance the field of LGBTQI+ Migration studies, particularly within the Global South

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Map current work on LGBTQI+ migration and house a member-populated resource database

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Spotlight diverse researchers, scholars, activists and practitioners working on LGBTQI+ migration

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Open up new avenues for collaboration and engagement, such as international conferences, workshops and publications

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Create opportunities for cross-continental engagement and wider research dissemination

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Initiate critical conversations around the ethics, methods and practices of researching and representing LGBTQI+ migrants

Principles and values

 

In order to achieve its aims and objectives, ALMN operates according to the following principles and values:

  • We are committed to advancing LGBTQI+ migration studies in ways that do not replicate or reinforce systemic racism,sexism, homophobia or transphobia
  • We recognise power imbalances within the global academy and strive to ensure meaningful representation and participation of researchers/ scholars/ activists / practitioners from the Global South.
  • We support capacity-building within the Global South by promoting equitable and mutually beneficial collaborations (both within and beyond universities).
  • We believe in supporting early career researchers and providing a platform for those engaging in research beyond the academy.
  • We are guided by the ethics and practices of decolonial, indigenous, feminist, queer and trans scholarship, and remain cognisant of the geopolitical tensions within these broader fields of knowledge and activism.

Body map by Azu (2012). Image kindly supplied by the GALA Queer Archive.

 

Artwork attribution:
Kawira Mwirichia – a bold, unapologetic and ever so talented visual artist from Kenya – has generously given us permission to use her ‘Queer Kangas’.

The kanga shown at the top of this page represents queer history and resistance in Zimbabwe. The quote, submitted by Andrew Kelvis, translates to ‘Yes, I’m queer. Why does it irk you so, my dear?’

Further information about the Kanga Pride Project can be found on Facebook