Joanna Wiseman

I am currently doing a Master by Research in Social Anthropology looking at constructions of identity of asylum seeking children in Scotland. I was incredibly lucky to receive funding by Newcastle University to start a PhD in Human Geography this September and to be able to carry out the research I have been planning for the last year.

My research will focus on how young asylum seekers construct their identities and create meaning in times of change and uncertainty and the subsequent implications of these for their sense of belonging. I am particularly interested in the different categories asylum seeking children are confronted with when arriving in the UK – asylum seeker and refugee for example, and notions concerning childhood and youth, girlhood and boyhood.

I have been part of femjoy for about a year and it has influenced my life greatly – in the most positive way. It has been an amazing experience to plan this conference together in a way that is non-hierarchical and always based on consesus (hand gestures) and to create an event that we would all love to attend.

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