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Fabian worked with directors, choreographers and performance artists, co-founded the theatre collective Ponies (2005–2015) and performed as drag persona Massiah Carey, co-organized queer safer (clubbing) events for queer, trans, nonbinary people in Rotterdam, before studying and engaging with sociology.


Fabians research concerns community engaged scholarship with queer refugees in the Netherlands. They are interested in co-creating knowledge in creative ways together with queer refugee communities, community organizers and artists. The research is embedded in the research project Engaged Scholarship Narratives of Change and affiliated with the Refugee Academy (VU).


In 2020, Fabian completed a Master of Science in sociology (cum laude) at the VU Amsterdam, Netherlands.

In 2004, Fabian graduated as an actor/theatremaker at the HKU (University of the Arts Utrecht, Netherlands). 


2020–present - Social Continuity and Change (SCC), Master Sociology, VU Amsterdam. SCC is coordinated by prof. Halleh Ghorashi, taught by Halleh Ghorashi, Maria Rast and Fabian Holle.

2021 - guest lecture "Queer, Trans, Femme. Identities & Activism" in the course: Identity, Diversity and Inclusion (IDI). Bachelor / Minor Sociology and Cultural Anthropology, VU Amsterdam.

2022 - guest lecture "Rhizomatic Creativity" in Winterschool course: Research-Creation: merging the critical and the creative - Master/PhD Level, led by Alexandra Greene. VU Amsterdam.

Prizes and Awards

2020 ARC-GS MA Thesis Prize (Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality at the University of Amsterdam). 

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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    Fabian Holle (Speaker), Mala Badi (Speaker), Sadiqa El Kahal (Speaker), Sorab Roustayar (Speaker), Yusuf Gregori (Speaker) & Mama Kil (Speaker)

    8 Aug 2021

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