Gender and Sexuality in Migration Research

The 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 

GenSeM has now a very active research community. We hold a regular Migration Dialogue Seminar series (Online), featuring leading scholars in the field discussing their recent work and publications. This seminar series is set up following dialogical principles, whereby the presenters are invited to discuss their work with invited colleagues. In September 2021, we have also organised a two days online symposium which attracted delegates from all over the globe to discuss the gendered nature of social boundaries, ways individuals of migrant backgrounds have challenged them, and how art can become a way to express belonging and to analyse & share migration experiences. Moreover, our PhD/ECR researchers have organised online writing retreats and workshops that have forged a strong , dynamic and international group. 


Sarah Scuzzarello

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University of Sussex, UK

Laura Morosanu

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University of Sussex, UK

Steering group

Sarah Scuzzarello

University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Laura Morosanu

University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Marianela Barrios Aquino

University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Nicola Chanamuto

University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

Anastasia Christou

Middlesex University , United Kingdom

Laura Cleton

UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University, Netherlands

Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot

University libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium

Rik Huizinga

Utrecht University, Netherlands

Eleonore Kofman

Middlesex University, United Kingdom

Maggi Leung

Claudia Di Matteo

Lund University, Sweden

Agnese Pacciardi

Lund University, Sweden

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