Jannik Franzen, InsAKrominga
Moderation: Ulrike Klöppel
Januray 10, 2007, 7pm, Von-Melle-Park 6, lecture hall F, Uni Hamburg
talk and discussion as part of the lecture series “Jenseits der Geschlechtergrenzen” (in german) and part of the series “queer and the human rights discourse”
Jannik Franzen, InsAKrominga
event seriess, diverse locations in Hamburg, spring 2007
Sexual politics are highly controversial and impact social, political, and legal conflicts – abortion, HIV/Aids prevention and medical care, lesbian and gay parenting and adoption rights, drag king shows, the so-called homo memorials in Vienna and Berlin, or struggles to acknowledge the medical treatment of intersexual persons as a human rights violation are just a few current examples. What is the role of media and cultural representation as well as the arts in upholding as well as transgressing hegemonic knowledge and habits?
May 18, 2007, University of Hamburg
In the talk Butler asks us to consider the ways in which sexual politics has become bound up with state coercion and state-induced forms of abjection, with immigration politics, with anti-islamic racism, and even with torture.
multimedia performance, October 25, 2007, ICI Berlin
Performance artist Janice Perry brings us a video “dialogue” with the father of Deconstructionist philosophy, Jacques Derrida.
research group (Berlin), 2007-2010
The research group focuses on thinking about the entire range of relationships that link sexuality, gender, and economics. How are the histories of capitalism and sexuality interconnected? Are changes in what Foucault calls the deployment of sexuality overlap with the development of capitalism? A historical perspective provides a framework for further questions: How can a queer theoretical critique of heteronormativity contribute to the critique of capitalism? How can we resist the dominance of capitalism and the heteronormative structuring of gender and sexuality? Which alternative models and queer (economic) utopias are thinkable – and liveable? In 2007 a two-day workshop discussed these questions extensively. The workshop built on outcomes from regular meetings that took place prior to the event in order to come up with ideas for an international conference. Major topics included: Rethinking capitalism from a monolithic concept into heterogeneous capitalisms; the role of desire in upholding or transforming capitalist relations; the promise and problems of pleasurable identification with labour relations under neoliberal conditions.
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?
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?
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?