Australia’s laws and policies and LBGTI Asylum Seekers – ANU Gender Institute – ANU

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Date(s) - Wed 10 Apr 2019
18:00 - 20:00

Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Building, ANU

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Presenter/s: Professor Nan Seuffert

Event type: Public lecture

Activist, advocate and scholar, Nan Seuffert has researched, taught and published on law and LBGTIQ issues in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Her work addresses laws related to asylum seekers who are sexual minorities, same-sex marriage, domestication and homonormativity, transgender immigration, intimate partner violence and queer and feminist legal theory.  She is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Legal Intersections Research Centre (LIRC).   Nan’s research project titled ‘Haunting National Boundaries: Refugee Law and Policy and Asylum Seekers who are Sexual Minorities’ asks what a more concerted focus on colonial genealogies of ‘sexuality’ can bring to:

  1. analysis of the stories of origin of international law;
  2. the operation of concepts such as ‘discretion’ and ‘credibility’ in the jurisprudence determining refugee claims; and
  3. critical understandings of Australia’s controversial asylum seeker detention policies and practices.

She is known internationally for her work on law, gender and sexuality and national identity, including for her book Jurisprudence of National Identity (2006).  Other projects include ‘The Multiple Effects of Female Genital Mutilation Laws in Australia’ with Ass/Prof Juliet Rogers (Melbourne) and Dr Maree Pardy (Deakin) and ‘Advancement of Women in Law Firms’, and ‘Evaluating the NSW YWCA Domestic Violence Intervention Service’ with Ass/Pro Trish Mundy (UOW). Nan has worked closely with vulnerable communities on a number of national and international research grants and has been a Salaried Residential Fellow at the University of California Humanities Research Institute and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley.

This event is co-hosted by the Rainbow Refugee Action Committee, Canberra, and the Gender Institute