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  • PhD in Sociology at London Metropolitan University. Thesis : The Sexual Politics of Asylum : Lived Experiences of Gender and Sexual Minority Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the UK. London, 2010-2014
  • MA in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College University of London
  • BA in Lingue e Letterature Straniere at University of Bologna.

I am a sociologist with a research focus on migration, gender and sexuality. My work focuses on the analysis of two forms of socio-legal protection addressing non-EU migrants : anti-trafficking initiatives and the right of asylum. I study how migration control operates, at various levels, through (sexual) humanitarian interventions under neoliberal democracies - specifically in France and in the UK. Between 2010 and 2014 my PhD research looked at the lived experiences of gender and sexual minority refugees, and on the discourses linking the politics of sexuality and the British refugee granting process. This included ethnography with LGBT asylum seekers living in the UK. In my current post-doctoral fellowship I have expanded my research focus to the analysis of humanitarian discourses and securitisation practices targeting migrant sex-workers within the French migration regime.

Contact :

- January 2017/ January 2020 : Research Fellow within the ERC-funded project ’Sexual Humanitarianism : Migration, Sex Work and Trafficking’. Kingston University, London (in partnership with Aix-Marseille University).
- October 2016/December 2016 : Visiting Research Fellow at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. London, UK.
- January 2014/ January 2016 : Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Aix-Marseille Université within the research project ‘Embodied Borders : Problematizing Sexual Humanitarianism Through Experimental Filmmaking’. France/UK.
- September 2011/ November 2013 : Sessional Lecturer in Sociology at LMU. Teaching modules of Sociology and Social Theory (Sociology, Race and Ethnicity Studies). UK.

Academic Publications
- Monograph :

- Articles and book chapters :

  • (2014) ‘Rescued’ subjects : the question of agency and religiosity for non-heteronormative asylum seekers in the UK, in Sexualities, Vol. 17, 583–599.
  • (Forthcoming 2017) Reorienting participation, distance and positionality : ethnographic encounters with gender and sexual minority migrants, in Sexualities.
  • (2016) Narrativising one’s sexuality and gender : neoliberal humanitarianism and the right of asylum, in Stella, F. Taylor, Y. et al. (eds) Sexuality, Citizenship, and Multiple Belongings : Transnational, National, and Intersectional Perspectives. Routledge : New York.
  • with Akoro, Joseph S. (Forthcoming) ‘The Things That Shouldn’t Stay Only With Me’ : Co-authoring Through Reflecting On Migration and Sexuality, under review in Sociological Research Online (SOCRES).

Other Writings and Publications
- When Solidarity ‘is’ the Protagonist : an Account of the ‘Political Solidarity’ Workshop at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities :
- LGBT Rights, Activism and the new Geopolitics of Sexuality :
- Poverty, Sexual Orientation and Refugees in the UK (report co-author) :
- Who gets to speak ? Muslim Sexual Minorities in the East End of London  :

- with artist Clément Caignart for the exhibition The Whole Show (at La Friche, Marseille), it involved co-creating visual elements based on my ethnographic work exploring questions of sexual subjectivity, gender identifications, and racism in the context of migration in France and the UK.
- with artist Richard John Jones for the exhibition The Summit of Sex (at Open East School, London), it involved elaborating on my research findings on the management of migration and sexuality in sexuality-based asylum claims with a group of artists and academics as well as the production of a text.
- Participation and Coordination of International Rainbow theatre group. The group consists of sexual minority asylum seekers and refugees and it is based in London (2012-2013).

- Études Féministes, Genre et Sexualités (EFIGIES), network of Feminist scholars in France whose academic work revolves around the areas of gender and sexuality.
- European Sexuality, Gender Identity, and Migration (ESGIM) Research Network ; emerged from a workshop at the University of Lund in September 2014 to build stronger exchanges between scholars and activists and encourage creative partnerships.

Presentations at Academic Conferences
- Men in Movement Conference at University of Rome (5-6 December 2016). Paper Title : ’Fragmented’ Masculinities on the Move.
- Seminar für Kulturwissenschaft und Europäische Ethnologie at University of
Basel (11-13 September 2016). Paper Title : Exploring Sexual Humanitarianism : Presentation of Research Findings
- Representing Sexual Humanitarianism International workshop at National Museum (MuCEM) in Marseille (23-24 September 2015) organised by Calogero Giametta and Nick Mai Paper title : Assembling notes on Sexual Humanitarianism : focus on asylum and human trafficking
- III European Geographies of Sexualities conference at Università degli studi di Roma, Rome (September 2015). Paper title : Intersectional analysis through participant observation
- Working paper at LSE Gender Institute, London (February 2015). Paper title : Embodied borders : human trafficking and asylum
- Working paper at LAMES Aix-Marseille Université, Aix-en-Provence (December 2014). Paper title : Reorienting Participation—participative filmmaking and theatre as research methods
- Queer migrations and mobilities workshop at University of Lund, Lund (September 2014). Paper title : Somatic borders—problematizing sexual humanitarianism
- Queering ESOL workshop at University of Leeds, Leeds (March 2014). Paper title : Sexuality as a rights-claiming object and the politics of humanitarianism
- European geographies of sexualities at University Nova, Lisbon (September 2013). Paper title : What does the humanitarian apparatus produce when sexuality becomes a rights-claiming object ?
- (Im)possibly queer international feminisms at University of Sussex, Brighton (May 2013). Paper title : The problems with the notion of ‘soft-touch-ness’ to define European immigration control practices
- Queer sexualities, nationalism and racism in the new Europe at South Bank University, London (October 2012). Paper title : Sexual minority asylum seekers and the notion of sexual politics
- ‘Race’, ethnicity and post-colonial studies symposium at City University, London (June 2012). Paper title : The necessity of a postcolonial critical lens to address the issues of LGBT asylum seekers in the UK
- Marginal cartographies : researching beyond borders at University of Warwick, Coventry (April 2012). Paper title : ‘All of sudden I was a lesbian— narratives of sexual minority asylum seekers facing the UK law
- Queering migrations : orientations, rights and sexualities in motion at London Metropolitan University, London (February 2012). Paper title : Hidden Orientations : preliminary findings of a study of sexual minority refugees.