Introduction 

The new Standing Committee “Gender and Sexuality in Migration Research” (GenSeM) brings together and supports IMISCOE-affiliated scholars whose research focuses on the areas of gender, sexuality and migration. GenSeM wants to create an infrastructure that can give voice and visibility to the needs of academics studying in these fields; support relevant publications; promote communication among specialists; and organise expert meetings.

GenSeM has the following objectives:

  1. To become a leading international forum for the development and promotion of academic research on issues relating to the study of gender, sexuality and migration
  2. To provide a platform for knowledge-exchange and information-sharing focussing on teaching gender, sexuality and migration
  3. To create a supportive infrastructure for Early Career Researchers working on these issues
  4. To contribute to national, regional and local debates about gender, sexuality and migration and to increase the visibility of how gender and sexuality impact on migrants’ economic, legal, social or political experiences 

Names of coordinators

  • Dr Sarah Scuzzarello, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Dr Laura Morosanu, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Steering group

  • Dr Sarah Scuzzarello, (University of Sussex) 
  • Dr Laura Morosanu,  (University of Sussex) 
  • Dr Anastasia Christo, (Middlesex University London)
  • Dr Maggi Leung, (Utrecht University)
  • Ms Nicola Chanamuto, PhD representative, (University of Lincoln)
  • Ms Marianela Barrios Aquino, PhD representative, (SCMR, University of Sussex)

Agenda of activities

GenSeM will hold its kick-off meeting at the University of Sussex on November 21st, 2019. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the Standing Committee’s steering group members to get to know one another better, draft the constitution of the SC, and to plan future activities. Professor Rhacel S Parreñas, University of Southern California, will open the meeting which all GenSeM members can attend. 

To represent and develop the field of gender and sexuality in migration research, the Standing Committee will organize panels at the 2020 IMISCOE spring conference in Lisbon as well as thematic sessions at the 2020 summer conference in Luxembourg. In Luxembourg we will launch GenSeM, inviting all members and researchers interested in joining the Standing Committee. 

In spring 2021 we will hold the First GenSeM workshop at the University of Sussex. This will be a two-day workshop focussing on how gender and sexuality impacts on different forms of migration (e.g. labour migration, marriage migration, forced displacement). 

In addition, the Standing Committee will also contribute to teaching activities, by developing a “GenSeM syllabus database”, which will collate information on relevant modules and reading lists on gender, sexuality and migration. The database will become a resource for colleagues developing similar courses and encourage the inclusion of a wider pool of empirical research and theoretical work. 

GenSeM will communicate to its members and wider public via a dedicated twitter account and an email list.