Katrien De Graeve

Associate Professor in Gender Studies

PI of the project 'Later-in-Life Intimacy: Women's Unruly Practices, Places and Representations (LiLI) - The project LiLI has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 851666)


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Below you can find an overview of my publications, for more information on teaching, services and activities: see my personal page at the Research Platform of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy

Contact Details:

Prof. Dr. Katrien De Graeve

Department of Languages and Cultures

Faculty of Arts and Philosophy - Ghent University - Blandijnberg 2, 4th floor

Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday: room 140.018;  tel. +329 264 3821

Thursday-Friday: room 140.015; tel. +329 264 3818

9000 Gent - Belgium


Research Projects:

  • 2008-2012: Making Families. Parenting and Belonging in Transnational Adoption in Flanders (BOF PhD Scholarship Grant)
  • 2013-2014: A Comparative Study of Relations of Care in the Context of Transnational Adoption and Guardianships of Unaccompanied Minors (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship)
  • 2013-2016: Belonging and the Ethics of Care. Refugee Aid and Guardianships of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (FWO Postdoctoral Fellowship)
  • 2016-2019: Unravelling the Monogamy-Nuclear Family Nexus. Empirical Study on Discourses of Exclusivity and Plurality in the Context of the Normative Two-Parent Nuclear Family (FWO Postdoctoral Fellowship)
  • 2020-2025: Later-in-Life Intimacy. Women's Unruly Practices, Places and Representations (ERC Starting Grant)


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Articles in International Peer Reviewed Journals:

  • Cawayu, Atamhi & Katrien De Graeve (2020), 'From primal to colonial wound: Bolivian adoptees reclaiming the narrative of healing', Identities (published online 26 April 2020).
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2019), 'Beyond the crazy ex-girlfriend: Drawing the contours of a radical vulnerability', Sexualities (published online 14 October 2019).
  • De Graeve, Katrien & Valerie De Craene (2019), ‘The researcher’s erotic subjectivities: epistemological and ethical challenges’, Documents d'Anàlisi Geogràfica, 65(3) 587-601

  • De Graeve, Katrien (2019), 'Een pleidooi voor Radicale Liefde: naar een Ethiek van Kwetsbaarheid', Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 21(4)307-324.
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2019), '"No expectations": Straight men's sexual and moral identity making in non-monogamous dating', Sexualities, (5-6)844-859 (published online 9 November 2018).
  • De Graeve, Katrien, Riikka Rossi & Katariina Mäkinen (2017), 'Affects, Politics and Practices - Citizenships under Construction: Introduction', COLLeGIUM, Volume 23, 1-11.
  • De Graeve, Katrien, Marianne Vervliet & Ilse Derluyn (2017), 'Between Immigration Control and Child Protection: Unaccompanied Minors in Belgium'. Social Work and Society, 15(1).
  • De Graeve, Katrien & Christof Bex (2017), 'Caringcapes and Belonging: An Intersectional Analysis of Care Relationships of Unaccompanied Minors in Belgium'. Children's Geographies , 15(1)80-92. (published online 13 November 2016).
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2016), 'Adoptiefeesten: Cultuur, Liefdadigheid en Gemeenschapsvorming bij Vlaams-Ethiopische Adoptiegezinnen'. Volkskunde 117(3)247-264.
  • De Graeve, Katrien & Christof Bex (2016), 'Imageries of family and nation: a comparative analysis of transnational adoption and care for unaccompanied minors in Belgium'. Childhood23(4)492-505 (published online 30 November 2015).
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2015) 'Classed Landscapes of Care and Belonging: Guardianships of Unaccompanied Minors'. Journal of Refugee Studies doi: 10.1093/jrs/fev011 (published online 11 August 2015).
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2015) 'Geographies of Migration and Relatedness: Transmigrancy in Open Transnational Adoptive Parenting. Social and Cultural Geography,16(5)522-535. (published online 23 September 2014)
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2014) 'Queering the family? A multi-layered analysis of relations of inequality in transnational adoption'. Culture, Health & Sexuality 16 (6) 683-696. (published online 16 April 2014)
  • Longman, Chia & Katrien De Graeve (2014) 'From happy to critical diversity: Intersectionality as a paradigm for gender and diversity research'. DiGest 1(1)33-39.
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2015) ‘”They have our culture’. Negotiating migration in Belgian-Ethiopian adoption’. Ethnos 80 (1) 71-90. (published online 05 August 2013)
  • Longman, Chia, Katrien De Graeve & Tine Brouckaert (2013) ‘Mothering as a citizenship practice. An intersectional analysis of "carework" and "culturework" in non-normative mother-child identities’. Citizenship Studies 17 (3-04) 385-399. (published online 11 June 2013)
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2013) ‘Festive gatherings and culturework in Flemish-Ethiopian adoptive families’. European Journal of Cultural Studies 16 (5) 548-564. (published online 27 February 2013)
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2012) ‘“Making Families”. Parenting and Belonging in Transnational Adoption in Flanders’. Afrika Focus 24 (2) 100-108.
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2011) ‘Familles flamandes ayant adopté des enfants éthiopiens: travail culturel et citoyenneté ambivalente’. Migrations Société 136 (23) 185-200.
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2010) ‘The limits of intimate citizenship: Reproduction of difference in Flemish-Ethiopian “adoption cultures”’. Bioethics 24(7) 365-372. (published online 04 August 2010)

Edited volumes (peer reviewed):

  • De Graeve, Katrien, Riikka Rossi & Katariina Mäkinen (2017), 'Affects, Politics and Practices - Citizenships under Construction', COLLeGIUM, Volume 23

Book Chapters (peer reviewed):

  • De Graeve, Katrien & Sibo Kanobana (2020), 'Black identity-making in Flanders: Discourses and cultural practices among transracial adoptive families and black native speakers of Flemish'. In T. Hübinette, I. Willing, & J. Wills (eds.), Adoption & Discourses of Multiculturalism: Europe, the Americas and the Pacific, University of Michigan Press, p.199-222.
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2015), 'Theorising Identities in Early Childhood'. In A. Farrell, S.L. Kagan, & K.M. Tisdall (eds.), Sage Handbook of Early Childhood Research. London: Sage Press, p.103-117.
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2015) ‘Children's Rights from a Gender Studies Perspective: Gender, Intersectionality and Ethics of Care'. In W. Vandenhole, E. Desmet, D. Reynaert, K. Vlieghe & S. Lembrechts (eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Children's Rights Studies, London: Routledge, p.147-163.
  • De Graeve, Katrien & Chia Longman (2013), 'Intensive mothering of adoptive children in Flanders, Belgium’. In C. Faircloth, D. Hoffman & L. Layne (eds.), Parenting in Global Perspective. Negotiating Ideologies of Kinship, Self, and Politics, London: Routledge, p.136-150.

Parenting in Global Perspective         The Sage Handbook of Early Childhood Research     Adoption&Multiculturalism

Book Chapters (editor reviewed):

  • De Graeve, Katrien (2012), ‘“Omgaan met verschil”. Vlaamse Adoptieouders met kinderen uit Ethiopië’, I. Pisters, A. Van.Dienderen and C. Longman (eds.), Guess who’s coming to dinner?’ , Ghent: Academia Press, p.69-76.
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2009) ‘Antropologie “thuis”: onderzoek van “adoptieculturen” in Vlaanderen’. In R. Pinxten,“Mensen: een inleiding in de culturele antropologie”,. Tielt: Lannoo Campus, p. 44-48.


PhD Dissertation:

  • De Graeve, Katrien (2012) 'Making Families'. Parenting and Belonging in Transnational Adoption in Flanders’, Ghent: Ghent University.

Book Reviews:

  • De Graeve, Katrien (2018), 'Verzwegen Verlangen: Een geschiedenis van de homoseksualiteit in België'. Kifkif.be.
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2015), 'Adoptive Migration: Raising Latinos in Spain by Jessaca Leinaweaver (review)'. Anthropologica 57(2)601-602.
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2015), 'Generational Experience and National Substance: Children and Migration in the Mediterranean'. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 36(6)736-740.

Other Publications (national and/or editor reviewed):

  • De Graeve, Katrien (2020), Brief aan de UGent'ers. UGent'ers - Community voor alle persooneelsleden aan de UGent, 10.07.2020.
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2020), 'The figure of the polyamorous single woman in consensual non-monogamy discourse in Belgium'. Singlehoodstudies.net, 28.04.2020.
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2018), 'Is polyamorie queer?'. Deus Ex Machina, 165, 34-37.
  • Bex, Christof & Katrien De Graeve (2016), 'Alleen bouwen aan een toekomst in het secundair onderwijs'. Samenleving en Politiek, mei 2016, 41-47.
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2015), 'Geschonden wortels: Verbeeldingen van bodem en identiteit in transnationaal adoptief ouderschap'. Systeemtheoretisch Bulletin, 33(3), 187-208.
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2014), 'Transnationale adoptie en diversiteit. Over wortels en rugzakken'. Alert 40(2)64-69.
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2014), 'Skype, Parenting and Academia'. HCAS Newsletter(Spring 2014)7-8.
  • De Graeve, Katrien (2012), ‘Origins, Race and Ethnicity. Transnational Adoptive Parenting and Belonging in Flanders, Belgium’. Afin Newsletter N° 44 – translated in Catalan (Orígens, raça I etnicitat: Famílies adoptives transnacionals i pertinença a Flandes, Bèlgica) and Spanish (Orígenes, raza y etnicidad: Familias adoptivas transnacionales y pertenencia en Flandes, Bélgica).

Interview Articles:

  • Gieghase, Inke (2019), 'Polyamorie zit in de lift. Katrien De Graeve onderzocht non-monogamie', Zizo magazine, 26(145)50-53.
  • Bucci, Fiorella (2015), 'The significance of care: How local worlds continuously change through global forces. An interview with Katrien De Graeve'. Rivista di Psicologia Clinica, (2)77-88.