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Gabriel/le du Plessis


PhD candidate

Senior Teaching Assistant

Email:Gabriel-le dot du-plessis at warwick dot ac dot uk

Office Hours
Term 1
  • Thursday: 12:00 -14:00
Term 2
  • Wednesday: 13:00 - 15:00

IMISCOE: Profile

Twitter: @gg_dupplessis


Gabriel/le is an ESRC-funded doctoral student in the Department of Sociology. Focussing on Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp, their research considers the ways queer and trans refugees develop livelihood strategies, establish support networks, and advocate for international assistance. Through this focus, they aim to critique an interpretation of protection that gestures towards queer and trans refugees being mute, generalisable, and depoliticized, without adequately engaging in the myriad complexities involved in the ways freedom-seeking practices are navigated.

Pursuant to this emphasis, the general objective of their current research is to work towards more effective protection, safety, and freedom for queer and trans refugees—arguing that situated approaches to humanitarian aid and assistance are essential if the needs of queer and trans refugees are to be fully recognised, addressed, and realised.

Previously, Gabriel/le received a bachelor's degree in African literature at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), a master's degree in Sociology at Masaryk University (Czech Republic), and a master’s degree in Social Studies of Gender at Lund University (Sweden).

Gabriel/le’s doctoral research is supervised by Dr Cath Lambert and Professor John Solomos.

Research Interests

  • Forced Migration
  • Border Studies
  • SOGIESC Asylum
  • Necropolitics
  • Queer Theory


Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant- University of Warwick

2022 - 2024: SO116 Sociology of Gender

2022 - 2024: SO120 Researching Society and Culture

Seminar Tutor - University of Cape Town

2021-2024: DOH1002F: Writing in the Humanities

2022-2023: ASL1203S Writing Across Borders

Lecturer - University of Cape Town

2020-2021: AXL1100S Understanding Gender

2021-2021: AXL 2100F Gender, Sexuality, and Politics

2020-2021: AXL4103S Development, Conflict, and Political Change.

Guest Lecturer

2019: We Need New Names: Queer Legibility in African Contexts (University of Cape Town, South Africa).

2023/2024: Gender, 'Equality' and the Post-Apartheid Era in South Africa (University of Warwick, UK).

URSS Project Supervision

2023-2024: Elliott Willis & Dae Pomeroy, 'Visualising Neuroqueer Identity Through Safe Spaces', University of Warwick, UK.

Conference Presentations

du Plessis, G. (2023). "Queer Migration: (En)countering Protection Strategies in Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp". Mind the Gap: Disrupting LGBTQIA+ Divisions, 29-30 July 2023, Birkbeck, University of London, UK.

du Plessis, G (2023) "Lived Realities of Queer and Trans Asylum Seekers in Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp" Crises and Hope: Understanding the Processes, Relationships, and Inequalities in Migration (BSA and Sheffield Migration Research Group), 19 June 2023, University of Sheffield, UK.

du Plessis, G. (2015) "What Mugabe Said: Homosexuality in Africa and the Problem of Context". Gender Week Festival: Nobody Passes, 23-25 June 2015, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.


Theoryish, 'Jack Halberstam: Queer Art of Failure', ep.6, 20 March 2023.

Book Reviews

du Plessis, G., 2022. Queer & Trans African Mobilities: Migration, Asylum and Diaspora: edited by B Camminga and John Marnell, New York, Zed, 2022. Available here.

du Plessis, G., 2023. Internment Refugee Camps: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives: edited by Gabriele Anderl, Linda Erker, and Christoph Reinprecht, Bielefeld, Transcript Verlag. Available here.