Conferenza "Vulnerability and Asylum: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Claims"

  • Data: 18 maggio 2018 dalle 09:30 alle 17:00

  • Luogo: Aula 12 Teaching Hub, Campus di Forlì, Viale Corridoni, Forlì

The Department of Political and Social Science of the University of Bologna has organised, in cooperation with the SOGICA ERC project and under the supervision of Professor Balboni, a Conference on Vulnerability and Asylum: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Claims.

The Conference will reunite several experts in the field to explore how European asylum systems can treat these asylum claims more fairly.


The Conference aims to investigate the concept of vulnerability and its application between theory and practice to a specific group of asylum seekers, namely those who apply for international protection on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Conference will benefit from the involvement of the SOGICA ERC project’s team, which is carrying a four-year research on the social and legal experiences of asylum-seekers across Europe claiming international protection on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI). That is why the Conference will investigate the European, German and UK experiences and will address the Italian state of affairs with the help of all actors who are supporting SOGI asylum seekers in a time of important reforms. As a result, thanks also to the direct participation of SOGI refugees, the Conference will try to explore how the concept of vulnerability will be (or will be not) central for determining how these European asylum systems can treat these asylum seekers more fairly.


Confirmed speakers include all experts who have explored, theoretically or in the field, the notion of vulnerability and/or the experience of SOGI asylum seekers and refugees. Please, see the attached program for all speakers.


The Conference will be held on 18 May 2018 (9.30am / 5pm) at the Forlì campus of the University of Bologna (Hall 12 Teaching Hub, Viale Corridoni, Forlì).


Participation is free but, please, confirm your presence to dr. Carmelo Danisi at

Scientific Committee: M. Balboni, C. Danisi, N. Ferreira. For further information, feel free to contact dr. Carmelo Danisi.