Irina Schmitt

Senior Lecturer, Dr., Ph.D., MA

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Gender Studies
  • Educational Sciences


  • gender, feminism, queer, trans* & intersex, school


The focus of my work is the analysis of power relations and experiences in the intersections of gender, sex and sexuality with understandings of national ascriptions and belongings. I locate this work in organizations of knowledge production and national inscription such as schools and universities.  In my earlier research, I have worked on negotiations of national belonging, children with LGBTQI+ parents and their experiences at school within a European project, equity work in academia and strategies for LGBTQI+ justice work in schools.

Currently, I am working in the field of trans- and queer-feminist education research, with an interview study with young and young adult trans people about their experiences and analyses of school.

Currently I am working on a project financed by the Swedish Research Council on young and young adult trans peoples’ experience of school. How do trans young people negotiate their understandings of self with normative, nationally coded demands in schools? What kinds of support do they experience as useful or would they have expected to find? With this study, I aim to contribute to the growing field of trans_intersex studies in Sweden and to local and international trans- and queer-feminist education research. I am also reflecting about the seeming universality of the terminology of trans, noting the mounting frustration with the persistent whiteness and racism in queer communities, and to question Eurocentric genealogies of theorizing bodies and identities, in a society informed by both internal and external colonialism and migration. How is cis-normativity co-produced through not least racism, and norms around class and ability?

Recent research outputs

Irina Schmitt, 2020 Jun 23

Research output: Other contributionWeb publication/Blog post

Irina Schmitt, 2020, Queer Social Movements and Outreach Work in Schools: A Global Perspective. Francis, D. A., Kjaran, J. I. & Lehtonen, J. (eds.). Palgrave Pivot, ( Queer Studies and Education book series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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