visualizing strategies.
potentials and conflicts of intersex and transgender

Ulrike Hennecke
Ulrike Klöppel
wed 01 november, 2006, 7pm, Von-Melle-Park 6, lecture hall F, Uni Hamburg
part of the series “queer and the human rights discourse” and the series “Jenseits der Geschlechtergrenzen”

What role do feature films and documentaries play for the transgender and intersex movements? Examples will help us to explore connections between political content and cinematic modes of representation.

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queer theory, activist movements, and the human rights discourse

Antke Engel
seminar, uni hamburg, winter 06/07 (in german)
part of the series “queer and the human rights discourse”

Queer perspectives challenge concepts of identity, categorizations and generalizations that are distinct within the human rights discourse for their powerful effects. Against this backdrop of critique, the question remains, how do queer-theoretical perspectives and queer practical struggles relate to the human rights discourse?

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‘The Subject’ and the Politics of Philosophy in Feminist Theory

Tuija Pulkinnen
talk, December 1st, 2006, University of Hamburg
part of the series “queer and the human rights discourse”

The theme of “the subject” has kept its central place in feminist theory for a while, and it shows no signs of disappearing. In multiple meanings, contexts, and contents, the term “subject” has appeared, disappeared, and reappeared in the exchange of texts. This lecture explores these multiple meanings through an analysis of the politics of philosophy at play in Adriana Cavarero‘s and Judith Butler‘s work on the subject.

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queer and the human rights discourse
– a sceptical approach, including transgender and intersex politics

series of seminars and events, hamburg, october 2006 – march 2007

The events will focus on transgender, intersex, sexual human rights, and the “subject” of politics. With contributions by Antke Engel, Jannik Franzen, Ulrike Hennecke, Ulrike Klöppel, InsA Kromminga, and Tuija Pulkinnen.

LGBTIQ*-movements, are likewise to like feminist movements, are fighting for human rights. Informal groups, international organizations, and activists from the Global South state posit ‚‘sexual human rights’ using the term concept of dignity as well as the legal claim of to sexual freedom and integrity. At the same time, the critique of the human rights discourse points to western Western values, Eurocentrism, and androcentric conceptions of the human. Queer theory sharpened this critique. Does this critique guide lead to renouncing the human rights discourse? Or does the discourse provide special possibilities opportunities to bring a charge charges against violations and fight violence?

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Queering Visual Culture

research group (alternating cities), since 2007

The group critically engages with regimes of visibility and cultural representations that reproduce and “secure” normative heterosexuality and the rigid binary order of gender. Beyond this critical approach, the group shares a strong interest in cultural and artistic production and queer visual activism that supports the “invention” of new images/imagery and reworks the dominant archive as well as the norms, habits, and technologies of visual representation. What is a “queer image”? How does it subvert sexual norms and hierarchies? Does the visual/visualization play a unique role in challenging normative sex/gender regimes? How important is visual culture as a mode of social transformation? What is political about queer visual culture?

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Queer critique of neoliberal governmentality and economy

research group (Hamburg/Bremen), 2006-2008.

Questioning the heterosexual norm still provokes political and social resistance and rejection. Nevertheless, late modern societies are experiencing a proliferation of genders and sexualities. Representations of sexual and gender diversity pervade everyday culture, medial spaces, and to a certain degree even official politics. What does it mean to analyse this “new openness” as a moment of neoliberal governmentality and economy? Is there an alliance between neoliberal forces and sexual lifestyles or politics? If so, what is the price, who profits, and which kind of new hierarchies develop? The research group investigates the ambiguity of promise and coercion issued by the neoliberal demand for individualization. We strive for an up-to-date understanding of the relation of sexuality and economics. How does the precarisation of working and living conditions involve the sexual and connect it to other moments of social differentiation? Which new kinds of norms and hierarchies organize late modern sexualities?

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