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David Albilal

was born in Al Rumylan in the North of Syria. In 2012 he applied for the mechanical engineering program at Aleppo University. Because of the war and the battles in Aleppo, he couldn't attend the program and instead had to stay in his city to work and help his family. In 2014 Albilal fled to Turkey where he lived for three years. He repeatedly tried to apply for university programs but the life as a refugee in Turkey was very challenging and he had to continue supporting his family. In Turkey, Albilal worked in a café and as a translator in an association that helps Syrian refugees. He later worked in an LGBTIQ organization as a translator and at the same time was an activist for LGBTIQ rights. In 2017 David Albilal got asylum in the Netherlands through the resettlement program of UNHCR. He is currently in a pre bachelor preparation year for foreign language students at Vrije University in Amsterdam where he applied for the political science department. In Amsterdam, Albilal is working as project maker and mentor for status holders in a housing association.

Homes in Making: Queering migrant spaces in Berlin and Istanbul

David Albilal

was born in Al Rumylan in the North of Syria. In 2012 he applied for the mechanical engineering program at Aleppo University. Because of the war and the battles in Aleppo, he couldn't attend the program and instead had to stay in his city to work and help his family. In 2014 Albilal fled to Turkey where he lived for three years. He repeatedly tried to apply for university programs but the life as a refugee in Turkey was very challenging and he had to continue supporting his family. In Turkey, Albilal worked in a café and as a translator in an association that helps Syrian refugees. He later worked in an LGBTIQ organization as a translator and at the same time was an activist for LGBTIQ rights. In 2017 David Albilal got asylum in the Netherlands through the resettlement program of UNHCR. He is currently in a pre bachelor preparation year for foreign language students at Vrije University in Amsterdam where he applied for the political science department. In Amsterdam, Albilal is working as project maker and mentor for status holders in a housing association.

Homes in Making: Queering migrant spaces in Berlin and Istanbul
 

Organising committee:
Ertuğ Tombuş, Urszula Woźniak, Tuğba Yalçınkaya 

Conference coordinator:
Irmak Ekin Karel

Conference assistants:
Lalit Chennamaneni, Mathis Gann, Lennard Gottmann, Kristin Küter, Felix Ochtrop, Maximiliane Schneider

// The conference is organised by the programME "Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies" and funded by Einstein Foundation and Stiftung Mercator.

 
 

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