Sofie Verclyte is a doctoral researcher at the Human Rights Centre and the Ghent School of Arts. After finishing her M.A. in Design studies at the School of Arts (Ghent, Belgium), she obtained a Master’s Degree in Conflict and Development studies at Ghent University. Prior to her current position, she worked with refugee minors in the Orientation and Observation Centre of Fedasil (Federal Agency of the Reception of Asylum Seekers) in Steenokkerzeel.
Her current project, ‘On Weaving Migrating Heritage’, builds on insights from the fields of design anthropology and legal anthropology. A comparative study with Burundian and Syrian refugee artisans is at the same time aimed at shaping her own artistic practice and exploring how these refugees’ skilled practices could offer elements for contesting dominant discourses on development and on economic, social and cultural rights.
The project is supervised by Prof. Dr. Tine Destrooper and Dr. Catherine Willems.