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ePortfolio of Matthew Abbey


Matthew Abbey is a PhD student in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Warwick, where their doctoral project (tentatively titled Haunting Migrants) explores cultural production surrounding queer migration during the alleged 'European refugee crisis'. Using a wide range of sources including documentary, film, performance art, photography, porn, and activism, they explore not only how notions of queer saviourism are being disrupted but the exclusionary aspects of asylum more broadly. Previously, they received a bachelor's degree from Monash University (2016) and a master's degree from Sciences Po Paris (2019).

Matthew has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Porn Studies and Visual Studies. They have also written on a wide range of topics for media outlets such as Foreign Policy, The Guardian, The South China Morning Post, The Diplomat, openDemocracy, and The Sydney Morning Herald.  

Research Interests

Performance studies; Queer Studies; Border and Migration Studies; Critical Race Theory; Psychoanalysis.


Peer-reviewed Articles

Abbey, Matthew. 2021. "Performing for the camera: queer migration, sex work, and objecthood." Visual Studies.

Abbey, Matthew. 2021. “‘Refugees welcome’, including in (gay) porn: violence under the mask of liberation.” Porn Studies.

Conference Presentations


Graduate Teaching Assistant

SO118 - Life of Media: Past, Present and Future

SO360 - State Crime, Human Rights and Global Wrongs

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