PhD Start-up Seminar - (De)constructing the concealment of domestic violence in family law – A study of German child custody disputes and alternative realities after gendered violence
PhD candidates at the Sociology of Law Department hold three seminars during their education - a start-up seminar, a mid-seminar, and a final seminar. Participation in seminars is an essential part of the PhD education to fully reach the learning outcomes. The seminars are always in English.
Lisa Schmitz, PhD Candidate at the Sociology of Law Department, Lund University
Lisa Schmitz's research focuses on the relationship between laws protecting against violence and family law. Women who experience intimate partner violence often encounter that judges, lawyers and other practitioners do not include these histories of violence in decisions concerning child custody. Through discourse analysis and feminist participatory action research, her doctoral studies seek to investigate a) what kinds of discourses exist in German family law and the legal profession when dealing with child custody disputes involving histories of violence; b) analyse how discourses on gender-based and sexualised violence, racism, parenthood and credibility are negotiated in family legal proceedings and how they are embedded into legal decision-making; and c) to investigate how legal mobilisation and resistance can be practised collectively to make visible harmful socio-legal practices.
Lisa Schmitz holds an M.Sc. in Sociology of Law from Lunds University and a B.Sc. in Social Science, Welfare Studies, and Philosophy from Roskilde University (Denmark). Between 2016 and 2022 Lisa worked in (queer-) feminist NGOs and child rights organisations focusing on sexualised- and gender-based violence and trauma.
About the event
Room 331, 3rd floor, House M, Allhelgona kyrkogata 18, Lund
lisa [dot] schmitz [at] soclaw [dot] lu [dot] se