PhD Start-up Seminar - Feeling queer, feeling real: Affective economies of truth in queer asylum politics
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.
This is an online event. Follow this link at the time of the seminar to attend via Zoom.
Sophia Zisakou, PhD Candidate at the Sociology of Law Department, Lund University
Sophia Zisakou's current research focuses on credibility assessment in queer asylum claims in Greece. To be granted asylum, queer asylum seekers need to “prove” their sexual identity and be considered and recognized as “credibly queer”. Through empirical fieldwork in Greece, Zisakou's doctoral research seeks to study which main practices are used in credibility assessment and how queer is defined and regulated for the needs of the asylum procedure. Drawing on notions of homonormativity, homonationalism and sexual citizenship, as defined in neoliberal democracies, she aims to analyze the legal process of asylum through the lens of postcolonial queer and feminist theory and put into question the regime of sexual truth that dominates the asylum procedure.
Sophia Zisakou holds an LLB from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, an LLM in Public International Law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and an MA in Gender Studies from Panteion University for Social and Political Sciences. Between 2016 and 2022 she worked as a refugee lawyer in Greece, specialised in LGBTIQ+ and unaccompanied minors’ asylum cases.
About the event
sophia [dot] zisakou [at] soclaw [dot] lu [dot] se