Alia Schwelling holds a B.A. in European Studies from the University of Maastricht and an M.A. in Migration and Diaspora Studies from SOAS, University of London. She has been working and organizing around various social justice related issues, mainly focusing on migration, asylum, racism, and economic exploitation. Amongst other things, she worked in NGOs doing asylum and residence law consultation, women’s support in refugee camps and political performance art at the EU external borders. In her academic work, she researches the formation of masculine subjectivities at the intersection of anti-Muslim racism and economic precarity in the German context, placing specific focus on postcolonial theory. Alia is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Sarajevo Fellowship, 2017).
Updated July 2019