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This section includes details of seminars, conferences and other events where the research team has presented the SOGICA findings over the course of the project and after its formal end. If you would like to receive occasional updates about SOGICA and all our events, subscribe now to our SOGICA mailing list.



  • N. Ferreira, ‘The invisibility of families in the context of international protection on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity’, at the ELaN final conference on ‘Access to Justice: A Gender Perspective’, Pisa, Italy, 23 September 2022
  • SOGICA, The SOGICA Exhibition, Sala Borsa (Spazio Scuderie), Bologna (Italy), 16 May-6 June 2022 (free entrance).


  • C. Danisi, Richiedenti asilo alla prova dei loro “giudici”: persecuzione, credibilità e fair procedures tra diritto internazionale dei rifugiati e diritti umani, Giornata studi MEDius – Media, giustizia e sessualità, University of Trieste, Italy, 17 May 2022
  • N. Ferreira, oral evidence to ‘Equality and the UK asylum process‘ inquiry, Women and Equalities Committee, 23 February 2022 [report with references to SOGICA contribution and oral evidence available here]


  • N. Held, Roundtable Queer migrants & asylum seekers – Everyday bordering and negotiating belonging, GenSeM Online Symposium, 22-23 September 2021.
  • C. Danisi and N. Ferreira, Legal violence and (in)visible families: How law shapes and erases families in SOGI asylum in Europe, UACES annual conference, 6-8 September 2021.
  • M. Dustin, N. Held and A. Zaman, Queer Asylum in Europe: Representation, Challenges and Activism, IASFM18, Ghana, 29 July 2021.
  • M. Dustin, A journey to reconciliation? Asylum, religion and LGBTQI+ identities in the UK, IASFM18, Ghana, 29 July 2021.
  • N. Ferreira, participation at seminar ‘Credibility assessment in refugee status decision-making: Insights from law and psychology’, Royal Holloway University of London Centre for Study of Emotion and Law (CESL), 22 June 2021.
  • C. Danisi, ‘SOGICA recommendations on SOGI claims’, EASO Webinar on ‘Asylum procedures related to SOGI claims’, 2 February 2021.


  • M. Dustin, member of panel on migrants’ experiences and intersectionality, University and College Union Migrant Members’ Annual Conference, 3 December 2020.
  • M. Dustin and N. Ferreira, ‘SOGICA recommendations on reception’, EASO Webinar on ‘Identification, outreach and reception of LGBTI applicants’, 25 November 2020.
  • N. Held, ‘Queer Asylum in Europe: Intersectional human rights challenges’, UCLan Research Centre for Migration, Diaspora and Exile (MIDEX) research seminar, 7 October 2020.
  • SOGICA team, Policy roundtable, University of Sussex (online), 15 September 2020*.

*The event was an opportunity for officials and senior NGO representatives working at a European and international level and in the countries researched by the SOGICA project – Germany, Italy and the UK – to explore new approaches to current problems and ways to support the work of decision makers, practitioners and service providers. A note of the roundtable summarises key points from the roundtable discussion.

  • C. Danisi, Pandemia, e non solo. L’eterna emergenza in cui vivono i rifugiati (The pandemic and beyond. The eternal emergency in which refugees live), online Conference for the 2020 WRD, organised by UNIRE (the National Italian Network for Refugees and Exiled), 20 June 2020.
  • C. Danisi, Le richieste di asilo SOGI: profili europei e italiani, Universita’ di Napoli – L’Orientale, Naples, Italy, 1 June 2020.
  • N. Ferreira, speaker at plenary session on Gender equality and queer rights in an age of populism, Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Annual Conference, Portsmouth Law School, Portsmouth, UK, 1 April 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19).
  • N. Ferreira, An intersectional approach to policy and decision making on SOGI asylum claims in Europe, public seminar series of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, UK, 26 February 2020 (cancelled due to industrial action).


  • C. Danisi, Vulnerability as a “revolutionary” concept in international and European human rights law for the protection of migrants and refugees?’, lecture part of a series on Arriving, Returning, or Modern Nomadism, at University of Bonn, Germany, 17 December 2019.
  • M. Dustin and C. Danisi. SOGI asylum in Italy and the UK: worlds apart?, at Sussex meets GenSeM: Frontiers in research, University of Sussex, Brighton, 21 November 2019.
  • N. Ferreira, An Exercise in Detachment: The Strasbourg Court and Sexual Minority Refugees, at the UACES 49th Annual Conference, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • N. Held, ‘We’re not asking for a palace, just a safe space’: the intersections of sexuality, space and ‘refugeeness’ in the lives of LGBTQI* refugees, at the 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Europe and Beyond: Boundaries, Barriers and Belonging, Manchester, 21 August 2019.

Photos from conference in Frankfurt

Conference report

  • C. Danisi, La tutela contro la discriminazione sulla base dell’orientamento sessuale: il potenziale ruolo nella CEDU nella protezione dei richiedenti asilo SOGI (The protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation: The potential role of the ECHR in safeguarding SOGI asylum seekers), at Seminar ‘Migro perche’ sono – 2019′, School of Law, University of Bologna, 28 March 2019.
  • N.Held, ‘Here, I have no choice’: being a lesbian and a refugee – Intersectional experiences of time and space, presentation at the Lesbian Lives 2019 conference, Brighton, 16 March 2019.
  • N. Ferreira, Asylum, sexuality and gender identity: some preliminary findings of the SOGICA project (keynote speaker) and participant in roundtable on ‘Ethics of gender and migration research within institutional academia and beyond: perspectives from 4 ERC-funded projects’, in workshop Intimate (In)Justice: Gender and Sexuality in the Politics of Borders at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy, 11-12 February 2019.


  • N. Held, ‘They sent me to the mountain’: LGBTQI* refugees’ intersectional experience of ‘integration’ in Germany, at the 10th European Feminist Research Conference, Goettingen, Germany, 13 September 2018.
  • N. Ferreira, Queering asylum across Europe: The legal and social experiences of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) asylum seekers, at the ‘LGTB asylum seekers and refugees in Spain’ project meeting, ACCEM, Madrid, Spain, 7 September 2018.
  • N. Ferreira, SOGICA – Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Claims of Asylum: A European human rights challenge, at seminar Orgoglio e pregiudizio? Essere migranti LGBTIQ+, organised by Anziani e non solo, in collaboration with MigraBo LGBTI, Cassero LGBT Center, Bologna, 15 June 2018.
  • C. Danisi, Crossing Borders: Sexual Orientation, Asylum and Human Rights, at Gender, Borders and Human Rights, Experts Seminar, University of Ghent, Human Rights Centre, Ghent, 28 May 2018.

Photos from conference in Forlì

  • N. Ferreira, Sexual and gender minorities in asylum seeking, workshop at event ‘Queory: Gender, Sexuality, and the Hostile Environment’, University of Sussex, UK, 12 May 2018.
  • M. Dustin, Global Perspectives Panel, at Rainbow Pilgrims Symposium: LGBTQI Migrant and Travelling Communities Perspectives, Buckinghamshire New University, UK, 14 February 2018.


  • M. Dustin, Proving the unprovable? Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Claims of Asylum, at a seminar about LGBTQI asylum, University of Roehampton, 20 November 2017.
  • N. Ferreira, Seeking asylum in Europe: Delving into sexual orientation and gender identity asylum claims, at the UACES 47th Annual Conference, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, 4 September 2017.
  • N. Ferreira, M. Dustin, N. Held, C. Danisi, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Asylum Claims: A European and Comparative View, Panel at the 2nd Annual Conference Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study – University of London, 5-7 June 2017.
  • N. Ferreira, Seeking asylum in Europe: Delving into sexual orientation and gender identity asylum claims, presented at Nordic Asylum Law Seminar, University of Iceland, 29-30 May 2017.
  • C. Danisi, Personal characteristics v objective situations in the application of the ECHR to asylum seekers: Towards a coherent interpretation of the European human rights system?, presented at Nordic Asylum Law Seminar, University of Iceland, 29-30 May 2017.
  • M. Dustin, N. Held, Proving the unprovable: the social-legal experiences of SOGI asylum seekers in the UK and Germany: a comparative, interdisciplinary and intersectional approach, presented at workshop Queer migration, diaspora and asylum in Europe, University College London, 16 May 2017.
  • N. Held, What does a genuine lesbian/gay relationship look like in the eyes of asylum decision makers?, presented at the launch of the Special Issue of Discover Society ‘Families and Relationships across Crises’, Amnesty International UK, London, 12 May 2017.
  • C. Danisi, Tra Tortura e Discriminazione: L’Omosessualità nel XXI secolo, University of Bologna – School of Law, 28 April 2017.
  • N. Ferreira, M. Dustin, N. Held, C. Danisi, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Claims of Asylum, panel at the University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre Conference 2017 ‘Beyond crisis: Rethinking Refugee Studies’, 16-17 March 2017 – listen to the podcast here.
  • N. Ferreira, M. Dustin, N. Held, C. Danisi, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Claims of Asylum, presented at the University of Sussex, 25 January 2017, as part of the Year of Migration’s initiatives.


  • N. Held, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Claims of Asylum: A European human rights challenge – SOGICA, presented at the Conference Refugees and Queers, 26 November 2016 in Dresden – Deutsches Hygiene Museum.
  • N. Ferreira, Delivery of session on SOGI asylum seekers within framework of Student Action For Refugees (STAR) Liverpool Academic Lectures on Refugees, Asylum seekers and Migrants (invited speaker), 16 March 2016.